We live in an incredibly fast-paced world, and people are always looking for convenient solutions to day-to-day living. This is most prevalent when it comes to food. Fast food joints are on every street corner, and there are instant soups, snacks, and ready-made meals lining the aisles of the grocery store. Much of this fast food is prepared using microwave ovens. Nearly every home, restaurant, and business has one. So, why is this is a problem?
Think about this common statement: “I’m going to nuke my dinner.” NUKE??? This is not a term that should be associated with the very fuel that is making our body run. Granted, microwave ovens are not the same as nuclear radiation, but they are using a form of radiation, which modifies the molecules in food. When you put food in the microwave, it alters the chemical structure into something that the body does not recognize. When the body does not recognize a substance, the immune system comes in to fight the invader. This is how allergies and inflammation are created.
Putting food packaged in plastic into a microwave is even more dangerous, since the chemicals in plastic leach into the food. One of the worst offenders is baby formula! The nutrients are changed, and in the process the baby receives a healthy dose of toxins. The liver becomes overloaded, leading to weaker immunity, allergies, eczema, and inflammation. Simply heating water on the stove would do the trick , and really does not take more than 5 or 10 minutes.
What solution do I offer for reheating food, and making food in a hurry? The mighty toaster oven! It’s not lightning fast, instead of 30 seconds to reheat lunch it may take 5 or 10 minutes. Is that really such a long time to cook food that does not create allergies and inflammation? Using a slow-cooker may seem counter-intuitive for making food in a hurry, but it can save plenty of time. You throw your ingredients in the crock pot in the morning, and come home to a tasty home-cooked meal. You can freeze the leftovers, and use them for lunch or for a quick dinner.
I know everyone is in a hurry, but if we don’t have our health, all that rushing around isn’t going to matter. Our culture has evolved to a point of not putting much importance on eating nutrient-rich food. If we can refocus and realize that eating healthy now saves time on illnesses down the road we will lead much more energetic and vital lives.
sho’s simple stir-fry
1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped
1 onion or leek, chopped or julienned
1 cup shitake mushroom, chopped
1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp wheat-free tamari, to taste
1 tbsp black sesame seeds
1 tbsp curry paste
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped (more or less, to taste)
salt and pepper, to taste
optional: few splashes, rice wine or apple cider vinegar
directions: Turn stove to low-medium and heat coconut oil and curry paste for 1 minute. Add onion and saute’ until soft. Add shitake and red cabbage. Let simmer for 5 minutes, then add chard and tamari. Cook for another 5 minutes, and stir in sesame seeds and cilantro.. Chicken, beans, or tempeh can be added for protein. Serve over brown rice or quinoa.