It’s the first Monday in September which means Labour Day here in Canada. Labour day was born out of workers campaigning for better working conditions, fair treatment and equitable compensation for their toils. It is also a time that signals the end of summer, back to school and the coming of that dreaded time – cool weather and diminishing sunlight.
This Meatless Monday takes it easy this holiday and offers up ideas for food prep that is not labour-intensive. Happy Labour Day!
- Quinoa, couscous and pasta are quick cook foods that complement any savoury dish, hot or cold. Choose the whole grain variety of couscous or pasta (e.g. spelt, whole wheat, kamut) for a better nutrient profile. Rinse very well or soak your dry quinoa prior to cooking. This helps remove the bitter saponins it contains.
- Vegetables, a good quality oil with a moderately high smoke point and a little sea salt and pepper are your buddies. Just wash the vegetables, slice and dice them, then splash and sprinkle with some oil and seasonings. Grill them, bake them or eat as is ; red pepper is best eaten uncooked in order to extract its nutrients.
- Fruit is simple as. Just wash and eat. This time of year there should still be a reasonable quantity of decent berries and stone fruit that are sweet enough on their own. No need for an accompanying cake or crumble.
- A handful of nuts and seeds will provide you with protein, the good fats and some important nutrients. Soak them first and if you have time, let them sprout. This process helps with better digestibility and nutrient availability.
- Canned beans, either flavoured or plain, only require heating; no need for several hours of soaking and cooking. A little bit of onion, garlic and tomato sauce are all that’s needed to dress up a can of kidney beans. Eden® Organic is a company that has a variety of prepared beans in non-BPA lined cans. (Hint: BPA is bad for you.)
The Benefits Of Soaking Nuts and Seeds
from Food Matters® You are what you eat.