|On Sunday afternoon, after perusing the contents of my refrigerator and pantry, and noting that I was “cooking for one” (my son was eating out with his friends, and my father was too) I decided on following my appetite to guide me in a simple dinner menu choice.
When it’s possible, I always try to follow these two ultra-simple rules of eating: ‘eat when you are hungry’, and ‘cook what you feel like eating’. Life in all its complexities often make this very difficult to achieve, and sometimes it fails miserably. But sometimes I find myself able to fulfil these two great rules at once.
Ayurveda says to eat at the same time each day to promote a proper digestive regulation. My life varies from day to day so radically that this is often just not possible.
However, ayurveda-inspired common sense (and plain ‘granny-wisdom’) also says to eat when you are hungry. If you are hungry, you can digest well. It’s as simple as that. If you can digest your food, you have a better chance of staying healthy.
And as far as cooking what you feel like eating (and thus simultaneously being in touch with your bodily needs andbeing in a good consciousness while you cook) you will be in a positive and pleasant mood when you eat. The result will be that you will also be best equipped to digest due to your good mental attitude. I learned this simple rule of eating from my Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada.
I oven-roasted chunks of orange sweet potato, and butternut pumpkin, and I also steamed some carrots. All orange vegetables, so they look quite similar in the photo above. I also added some steamed peas and cauliflower pieces, and a simple reduction of fresh tomatoes, garden greens, and marjoram leaves. A simple ‘bow-tie’ shaped pasta, known also as pasta farfalle (farfalle actually means butterfly) brought it all together, with a few gratings of kosher Grana Padano cheese, and a good slurp of organic Australian olive oil.
Posted by Kurma on 27/6/11; 2:44:36 PM