I love the Ashtanga yoga system because it is structured and simple: we have specific postures, in a specific order, a correct way to inhale and exhale, and we do this 6 mornings a week.
I find it liberating to have this set routine. There aren’t many decisions to make, not much thinking to be done. And at the same time, the practice is always different, changing, adapting, and growing.
This is also how I like my food. Routine and delicious, simple and exciting.
There are many days when I’m hungry, the kitchen feels empty, and I definitely don’t feel like spending an hour cooking. This is when I fall back on routine: routine foods peppered with some newness and experimentation (depending in what’s in the fridge).
Say hello to bean dip. This has been an essential meal over the past couple of years.
Bean dip is nutritionally dense, amazingly tasty, high in fiber, and can be whipped up in minutes. The best part: you can throw in just about anything you have that you think might be good (a very experimentation-friendly meal!).
This was my exciting Saturday night:
- Black beans and refried beans (Note: Home-cooked beans would be preferable over canned but that’s usually not happening for me… I just dig out those cans hiding in the back of the pantry).
- Corn, onion, red pepper (anything I can get my hands on… mango chunks have been a success)
- Hot sauce and/or salsa
- Cilantro (and/or other herbs… basil is always good, mint leaves can be fun)
Put everything in the pot, turn on the stove, and stir until heated. (Could that get any easier?!) If an avocado is sitting around, that’s definitely going on top. Then, devour… either with chips or plain like soup. And that’s that!
Ok your turn: what are your favorite routine and simple foods?