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Today, May 17, 2013 is Food Revolution Day, a concept originating from Chef Jamie Oliver's T.V. show and now growing into a revolution with the motto "COOK IT. SHARE IT. LIVE IT." We, at HerbNZest believe in celebrating food, having fun preparing it, sharing it with family and friends. With some good ingredients, simple steps, and some creativity, YOU CAN DO IT TOO! Here's our take on how to create some easy, fun meals in your own kitchen.
Meals can be easy to make when you deconstruct them into simple parts and then bring them together to create a full meal. This allows for DIY-ness and creativity in preparing meals to suit your pallet or preference. This also allows you to substitute some pre-prepared or store bought components to simplify and save time!
Sandwiches = Bread + Cheese + Spread + Vegetable + Meat/Protein
For sandwiches or wraps, you can get really creative by switching up the different components to make easy lunches and dinners. The spread, bread and cheese are typically store bought and can be changed around to have fun.
RECIPE: Double Smoked Ham and Swiss with Chive Tomato Relish
Salads = Leafy Greens + Veggies/Fruit + Protein + Dressing
For salads, it is important to select fresh produce that are in season. An easy dressing can be created using a fruit spread as a base and adding home made vinaigrette to it. Again, the possibilities to be creative are endless.
RECIPE: Vegan Garden Salad with Cranberry Orange Dressing
RECIPE: Champagne Mustard Vinaigrette with Caramelized Apples
Soups = Base +Veggies+ Meat/Protein +Pasta/Noodles
You could come up with very different types of soups by just varying the different components: clear base with veggies or a denser corn or lentil soup. You can use a canned soup such as cream of mushroom or a vegetable or chicken stock for your base instead of making one.
RECIPE: Black-Eyed Peas Soup with Vegetables
Pasta or Rice or Couscous = Pasta or Rice or Couscous + Sauce or Spices +Protein
Here it is important to make the rice, pasta or couscous al dente. The sauce can be added on top for flavoring whereas the spices can be mixed on during the cooking process. Veggies can be added in to make it a meal.
RECIPE: Seafood Linguini
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