Blissful Basil and created a grown-up sandwich. I reflected on foods from my childhood in a previous post, but this was a different form of reflection and I always get new recipes from my group to keep things interesting in my kitchen.
We were mindful by enjoying small portions, pacing ourselves throughout the evening, and discussing why we chose the dish we did (sharing all kinds of childhood memories). One member who has a 2.5 year old at home was inspired by our bite sized renditions and stated that even though they were gourmet, she thought they would be great to share at home. It's amazing the inspiration you can find by sharing food and recipes with others.
Perhaps you can bring in mindfulness by tweaking an old favourite, changing an ingredient, or serving it in a new way. We enjoyed bite sized tacos, pizzas, pb & j sandwiches, and meatballs, as well as lobster macaroni, sloppy joe's, and hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows. Obviously it takes some planning and time to cook from scratch, but it's an important step to bring us back to enjoyment and a positive relationship with food. Next time you're planning a meal, stop and think about the package you're about to open and whether you can attempt it from scratch instead. Convenience items (canned beans, chopped vegetables, shredded cheese) can still help us put together a healthy meal in a hurry, but be aware of what you're cooking, have an intention behind it, and then slow down to enjoy what you've created.
What would you make as a gourmet (or grown-up) version of a childhood favourite?
"Keep fit and have fun!" ~BodyBreak
Steph Langdon, RD
something nutrishus counselling & coaching