I mentioned yesterday that I've been receiving offers of guest posts.
My policy is simple: if they're well-written and have content that would be of interest I accept. I'm all for people earning money on the web (I assume these writers are not doing this out of their strong desire to give me some free time).
I have noticed that only about half of the people making the offers have actually read my blog and my bio. The other half are clueless about who I am and what I do.
Like the fact that I have a site, Thyme for Cooking, that offers a weekly menu planning service, with recipes, detailed instructions and the shopping list….
After I point this out, some disappear; some come back with a more tailored idea.
I think this writer has some good ideas and some valid tips to offer…. And I got to put in a plug for my site ;-). So, do read her post, please.
The Guest Post:
Easy meals do not come from a package; they come from a little planning. The time it takes to prepare a nutritious meal can be cut down to 45 minutes or less with the right recipes and a well-planned grocery list. Indulging in foods that are high in fat results in clogged arteries, fatigue and elastic waistbands. The advantage of seasonal produce is that it simply tastes way better; it is allowed to ripen in the field because it does not have to travel very far to get to your table. Take advantage of your local bounty and create delicious dinners for you and your family with these helpful tips!
1. A Little Balance, a Lot of Taste
For a meal to truly satisfy, several food groups need to be present. A dinner consisting of lean protein, 2 or more vegetables, whole grains, and herbs for flavor will leave everybody felling full and guiltless at the same time. Take large slices of eggplant, red bell peppers, zucchini, and purple onion; lightly coat with olive oil and grill. Prepare quinoa on the stove-top and toss in your grilled veggies, roughly chopped with a little lemon juice, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, and fresh basil or any other fresh herb on hand. To add a little protein, throw a couple of chicken breasts on the grill while it is lit and serve on the side. Want more texture? Toast pine nuts and add at the end. Want leftovers? Double the portion and take a night off from cooking tomorrow!
2. Take Matters Into Your Own Hands
The best way to ensure you are getting the proper nutrition made with whole, quality ingredients is to cook it yourself. Gourmet markets may carry pre-packaged foods that appear to be healthy, but check the ingredient listings, and you will be surprised by what you find. The more colorful a dish, the better; bright colors in produce indicate they contain certain vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. Make purple eggplant the centerpiece of your main dish with this quick and tasty recipe for eggplant parmigiana.
One of the handiest tools for the cook-on-the-go is a crock-pot. You can chop a green bell pepper, white onion, garlic cloves, and brown a pound of ground lamb. Throw it all in a crock-pot with dried marjoram, rosemary, and salt and pepper on low, and 6 hours later you have a rich and savory filling for a whole wheat pita topped with a little goat cheese and lettuce. Yummy!
There is no need to emulate traditional French chefs, slaving away over a hot stove for hours to create classic sauces and whatnot. A weekly trip to the grocery store and less than an hour a day is all you need to whip up fantastic, healthy easy meals every night of the week!