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If you could get all the nutrition you needed in a day with a pill — no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation — would you do it?

No way! I love to cook and eat healthy food too much. I’m not one for heavy or cheesy sauces — my two favorite “sauces” come from either Chinese/Japanese/Thai stir fries, or curry concoctions. So many of the spices, especially in Indian cooking are so good for you too.

If I cook rice to go with these, I make it brown, even though it takes much longer to cook. I’ve also substituted barley, which has a wonderful texture; quinoa; cracked wheat; or natural brown rice, wild rice and quinoa mixtures. Costco sells this wonderful sprouted quinoa and kale (not too much kale) mixture in their freezer section which is a lovely side dish. Five minutes in the microwave makes it handy and healthy for about three people. (Four packs come in a big box.)

We’re going through a tomato glut at the moment and one of my favorite preparations is bruschetta. We had it on toasted French bread, like you’re supposed to, one night for a side dish, but I’ve also found that it’s really good on cod or other white fish. We cook the cod out on the grill on aluminum foil, and then put the fresh bruschetta mixture on at the table.

My daughter loves my fresh (and very simple) tomato sauce. I put a couple of tomatoes in my Bullet with olive oil, S&P, basil, garlic and a little splash of balsamic vinegar and about a teaspoon of sugar. It’s great on hot or cold pasta. With a little more vinegar, it’s a nice salad dressing. If I have time (even though it’s already quick) I peel and de-seed the tomatoes for a thicker sauce, and sometimes even thrown in a bit of Parmesan cheese. Of course, a quick salad that’s always good are sliced tomatoes alternated with slices of fresh mozarella. Just a simple balsamic dressing and a bed of lettuce finishes it off. Other dishes are taboulleh, or a great broccoli, tomato, onion and bacon salad I make.

This weekend I’ll probably be making spaghetti sauce. These days we put it on baked or steamed spaghetti squash. What a great texture that has, and it’s less heavy than pasta. I always grate about a cup of carrots for my homemade sauce; they give it a little sweetness, which sometimes I have to supplement with a bit of raw sugar.

So what are you eating tonight? Pills or something with a little more flavor?

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