Mindful Dinners


Half my eating plan is no-decision meals that provide protein and produce without much thought or room for error. The other half is mindful dinners. Food is not just fuel. It’s also a break in the day, a social event, a way to show love, a sensual pleasure.

A steady diet of grilled chicken and steamed broccoli leads to rebellion in the form of take-out Chinese food and delivery pizza.

So I read Eating Well, Clean Eating, and clean eating cookbooks and make new and delicious recipes. Mostly they include lean meat, vegetables, and fruit. As my eating habits have changed, I’m come to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables much more, and I rarely even want grains. The plate above — Teriyaki Orange Beef — also involves some brown rice, and I had a delicious whole wheat Spaghetti with Clam Sauce last night, but mostly it’s lean beef or pork or chicken or fish, plus some produce.

I use inventive cooking methods and complex flavors and I don’t stint if the recipe calls for olive oil or butter. I make an effort to enjoy the process of cooking. I fully enjoy every morsel, too, whether I’m eating alone or sharing the meal.

I should stop eating after dinner, and that is something I’m actively working on right now, because I have a sweet tooth and I like to have dessert after dinner. I figure my chances of being satisfied without dessert are better if I have a satisfying meal.