This week the host of Fashion Flash is Staness of Menopause Makeover. I wish her site had been there during my menopause years. Its packed with truely helpful info in a upbeat positive voice. But you don’t have to be in full blown menopause to appreciate Menopause Makeover. The ideas and advice are equally valuable for perimenopause when things just don’t seem to be right and post menopause when things are just not the same.
I’m always looking for new ways to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in my meals. I’ve been exploring new items like spelt and flaxseed, but I keep falling back to my usual habits– tuna on whole wheat and dry grilled chicken breasts. This summer I picked up a little paperback that has changed both my food shopping and cooking habits. An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler is designed as a a graceful, economic guide to food. Her first goal is that every meal is delicious. It is NOT aimed at healthy eating yet it is eactly that. Adler who has worked with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and Prune in New York, uses a wonderful palate and simple techniques to guide even the most basic home cook to a week of wonderful vegetable based meals. In the beginning of the week she roast trays full of cauliflower, beets and acorn squah and sautes big pans of greens with olive oil and garlic. Then each day she uses these super fresh antioxidant packed veggies in different meals. One day she layers the greens on slices of toasted bread with slivers of fresh mozzerella and browns them quickly under a grill. Next she turns out pasta with roast vegetables and vegetable soups thickend with leftover bread. If there is leftover soup, she forms them into little patties and sautes them in spicy olive oil. This approach not only saves money it is a truely delicious way to get those 5-7 servings of fruit and vegetables that seem to elude me,