I would not consider myself great in the kitchen. But I am getting better. There has always been something a little mysterious about cooking to me. Combine this with that and viola! Something amazing! Or something very terrible is the result!
Growing up, my parents both worked full time jobs. I also have 2 older sisters, so their lives were busy. My mom made meals but she has said it herself she knows what she knows, she is not an experimenter. And if there is a quicker way to get the meal on the table, she was for it. My dad, on the other hand, he was an experimenter. But it was always with whatever “wild game” he had in the freezer from a recent hunt. I stuck with mom’s safe cuisine.
I really started to be intrigued when I discovered Rachel Ray on the Food Network. I loved Rachel Ray. She was entertaining to watch. Her meals were completed in 30 minutes. The meals were not fancy. But they were always so colorful!
I was in my early 20s when I made my first Rachel Ray 30 minute meal and it only took me 1.5 hours to complete from start to finish. Sheesh! But I did it. It was salmon with mango salsa. It was very good. And that was when I realized, I can do this. I can follow a recipe.
However, who has time to spend 1.5 hours cooking 1 meal. Not me! And especially as we added little humans to our home.
When I started learning and understanding more about nourishing our bodies with food instead of just feeding our hunger, I began looking for recipes and adjusting current menu items to fit that concept and in short amounts of time. We have fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, chicken, spaghetti, sausage, turkey burgers, General Tsao Chicken, chili etc but we make them a little different.
Why mess with a good thing?
Because food is fuel, not just filling. I am going to use an example that I think most people will understand- If you were filling a truck with fuel you would want to know what type of engine the truck has. If the engine is a diesel engine, you would not want to put regular petrol (gas) in the truck because although the tank will be full, the engine will not work as intended. The truck may move for a few miles but then destruction of the engine occurs! This is the same for our bodies. Now the length of time for the destruction to occur may take far longer because we are divinely created, but destruction will occur.
Take a look at your parents or grandparents. How are there bodies holding up? Are their major body systems functioning properly? How about your own body? Have you noticed changes? Maybe you are unable to walk up the stairs without becoming winded. Or your stomach hurts after every meal. Or your constipated. Excessive gas. Bloating. Skin is breaking out. Hair is falling out. Chest pain. Palpitations.
Now you could argue, not all of these problems are caused by eating poorly. But sometimes they are. Do you really want to take the chance?
Think about this: You just bought a $60,000 Dodge Ram with a Cummins Diesel Engine, are you going to chance putting regular petrol in the tank?
Is your life and livelihood worth more?