Contributing Author: Mr. Kurtis Graves, Department of Physical Therapy
I’ve always listened eagerly to stories of people who were the first to accomplish something. It’s a miracle of human will when something that was previously thought impossible is all of a sudden possible, because one human being proved capable of rising to the challenge. As we collectively look to better ourselves by committing to wellness for the long-term, I hope these stories of spectacular human strength encourage you as much as they do me.
“People said women couldn’t swim the Channel, but I proved they could.” - Gertrude Ederle
Minimize Food Waste
When planning your meals for the week, try to use some of the same ingredients in multiple dishes. Also, practice cooking with pantry staples like beans and grains. These can form the backbone of anything you want to make.
Use Those Leftovers!
- The best leftovers are foods whose flavors get better with time - think curries, stews, and soups. Double the recipe when you cook dishes like these and freeze the leftovers for later.
- Make a simple soup by pureeing leftover cooked vegetables with chicken or vegetable broth.
- Make and freeze extra grains and beans. The long cooking times required for many grains and beans can feel like an obstacle during the week, so the next time you cook a whole grain or beans, double the amount and freeze what you don’t eat. You’ll have the foundation of a weeknight meal at your fingertips. Just reheat frozen grains in a pan with a splash of broth or water (if you thaw them slowly, they can become mushy).
- Create a healthy burrito (or tacos)! Almost anything tastes delicious as a burrito. Wrap extra bean salad, leftover fish or chicken, or even last night’s curry dish in a whole grain tortilla with some extra veggies. Yum!
- Leftover vegetables taste delicious in scrambled eggs, frittatas, or mixed with potatoes to make a hash.
- Turn a simple green salad into a real meal by piling on leftover beans, grains, roasted vegetables, sweet potatoes, or lean meats.
Photo credit: Quentin Jones. http://www.goodfood.com.au/good-food/christmas-feasts/making-the-most-of-leftovers-20111118-1nmxi.html.