Healthy Eating: A Love Affair With The Kitchen



I loved reading your I Believe comments from this morning…what an amazing bunch you are.

I forgot something from my I Believe list this morning…

I Believe…

  • The key to a happy relationship is telling your partner one specific thing you appreciate about them and why, every single day.


This applies to all kinds of relationships…romantic, family, friendship, co-workers, etc. Everyone loves to be appreciated!

When I tell Eric something that I appreciate about him I can literally see his entire face light up with pride. Sometimes all someone needs is a ‘I notice what you do and I thank you for it.’ Now, go on and tell someone in your life how much you appreciate them!

In other news, I could not fathom eating anything cooked/hot/heated up today. It was another scorcher! I was cooking myself and needed to be cooled off…


2 pieces of Eziekel bread with 1 cup of tomato curry chickpeas. I used 1 cup chickpeas + 2-3 tbsp tomato paste + 1/4 tsp Arvinda’s curry masala spice.


[Ok, ok I lied…the bread was toasted!]

+ Purslane Green Monster made up of 2 cups of Purslane, 1 cup almond milk, 1.5 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp raw maca powder, ice, ice baby. The cinnamon was fabulous and I didn’t even need any fruit! I can’t believe I have not been adding cinnamon to my Green Monsters all this time. I will also be adding some cinnamon to my next batch of Vegan Overnight Oats too. I remember how much I enjoyed it when Eric made me some and I totally forgot about it.


I am loving Purslane greens in my Green Monsters!

The Purslane is so energizing, largely in part to all the wonderful omega oils and antioxidants it provides. I felt on fire this afternoon and cranked through over 200 Glo Bars baked, packaged, labeled, and boxed up!


Today is our Plan B CSA day which means scarfing some major veggies to make room for the new box! If you need some motivation to eat more veggies I highly recommend getting a CSA share. Eric and I eat more veggies now than we ever have. Surprisingly, I think we have ended up saving money because we have cut down our grocery store trips by half and we aren’t making those impulse purchases like before.


Everything But The Kitchen Sink Salad


  • Greens = Spinach + Mixed greens
  • 2 small carrots
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 huge green onion stalk
  • 1.5 cups snow peas
  • Dried parsley, to garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to garnish
  • Better than bottled balsamic vinaigrette 


Awesome salad! The snow peas were a nice addition!


On the side we each had a slice of cold pie…IN A JIFFY VEGGIE PIE!


I had mine on a bed of TJ’s Habanero and lime salsa.


It was a great dinner!

Dessert was the last of the Cherry, Banana, and coconut butter bread. I am fighting tears as I type this.

This was the defrosted leftovers and it was even more moist and gooey than before. It was so doughy…I was in love!   

Just look at that gooey bread!


For Eric, this gooey bread was a texture nightmare. 

He stuck to his ‘dry’ mini loaves that I cooked the hell out of last week (he just loves them though!).


To each their own.  :tongue:

Healthy Eating: A Love Affair With The Kitchen

15864_319656255570_553395570_9502699_7778800_nRecently, I received an email from a reader named ‘Krista’ telling me about all of these wonderful changes she has made to her health. One of the things that Krista mentioned was that since she has started eating healthier, she spends so much more time in the kitchen prepping vegetables, washing dishes/new appliances, and cooking among other things. She didn’t say that this was a bad thing necessarily, as she enjoys it for the most part, she just thought it was interesting to point out how much more time is required to eat healthy.

Oh did this email hit home with me!

I thought this was such an interesting point about how healthy eating requires not only a commitment to EAT healthier foods, but it involves a commitment to spend the time to prepare healthier foods.

As you can imagine, I spend hours and hours in the kitchen, not only because I run a bakery, but because I prepare and cook most of my meals. Eating healthy is a huge time commitment- there is the washing, drying, chopping, roasting, sautéing, prepping, packing, planning, shopping, DISH WASHING, APPLIANCE WASHING (damn you, juicer!!!!!!), cooking flops (story of my life), etc. Eric always jokes that I should put Professional Dish Washer (P.D.W.) on my resume because I wash so many dishes and so many appliances each day. 

Because my time is limited, I rely on very quick and simple recipes. That is why you will rarely see me whip up a meal that takes longer than 15-20 minutes. Over time, I have figured out what will work for me. While some days the last thing I want to do is prepare a healthy meal for myself, often I enjoy the satisfaction that comes with creating healthy meals that I can feel good about.

Can you relate to having to spend more time in the kitchen to eat healthier? Do you spend more time in the kitchen now than in the past? What are your time-saving tricks to limit the amount of time it takes to eat healthy?

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.  ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 7, 2010

Eating healthy takes A LOT of work. We prep food ahead of time and on top of that it is expensive. But it IS worth it. It was the number one thing that my clients never wanted to do – prep their food, but it is the best way to stay consistent!


2 Jenny July 7, 2010

Healthy eating takes extra effort besides punching some buttons on the microwave, but your body and energy levels will so much appreciate it!


3 Lindsay July 7, 2010

So true, I would have to say eating healthy makes me enjoy cooking!


4 Marina July 7, 2010

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, preparing my meals, but I don’t mind. I love to cook, and I love to eat healthy foods even more. So it’s a win win situation :)


5 nicole @ Making Good Choices July 7, 2010

I spend SO much time in the kitchen and I have a pretty tiny one. I can’t wait to have a house with a larger kitchen so all of my appliances can have a special home! :) Being healthy does require time and money (especially if you eat organic) but the pay off is so worth it!


6 Fueling for Fitness July 8, 2010

I’m in the same boat! I have less space on my kitchen counter than on my small desk at work! Oh the joys of living alone in a bachelor apartment. :P



7 little Aspects July 7, 2010

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen because I make everything from scratch and refuse to eat processed or pre-packaged stuff that has mystery ingredients in it (I do keep emergency organic pasta sauce in the back of the cupboard thought!). I find that because I use a lot of fresh ingredients though, my midweek meals don’t take very long to cook (20-30 mins max) because I want to preserve the flavours of the veggies themselves by not cooking them for too long. I also make soups on the weekend to freeze and have for midweek lunches (or dinner after soccer training which finishes late). Weekends are also time for more involved dinners – pizza dough from scratch, etc.
I also wash my juicer immediately after making juice – before I even drink the juice! This saves time because it cleans really easily when you do it straight away.

I am constantly thinking about food and recipes though! My commutes to work and my runs are just an excuse for me to plan what I’m going to cook with my veggie box delivery for that week!


8 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

haha I am the same way- constantly thinking about new recipes. It is so fun.
I too try to wash my juicer quickly (but after photoshoot and drinking it!). ;) I have left it a couple times and was not a happy camper cleaning it.


9 Kristina July 7, 2010

I LOVE all the cooking and baking it takes to eat healthy! I even love washing my vitamix, my food processor and my good pan. :)

Jason cannot stand gooey bread either – he picks up the dog and tells me “cook it until it’s this brown”



10 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

Umm can I hire you? lol


11 christina cadden July 7, 2010

Great post!


12 Danielle July 7, 2010

Love affair is right! I started eating healthier at school, coincidentally when I lived in my own apartment and was the only one of my housemates that used the kitchen. Now, as I find myself busier and spending more time outside of the house, I’m having some trouble figuring out how to keep up those healthy habits aka lots of greens and vegetables. Even the changes in my physical appearance (weight gain that is minor… but still) aren’t enough to get me back to cook, cook, cookin’ and for some reason, I have not been craving salads all that much. It’s okay though, I guess, because ultimately… I believe that I deserve to be healthy :) no matter what the circumstances. This morning’s post was life-changing, by the way. It just may be my most favorite one yet. Thank you!


13 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

Glad you liked the post!
I think you have a great mindset with your current situation. It will work itself out! There are always these ‘blips’ on the radar along the road to health.


14 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 7, 2010

Eating healthy definitely takes more time and patience to prepare everything. However, eating healthy can be completely simple and quick too–with no preparation at all aside from washing fruits and veggies for snacks. For me, I tend to have 2 big kitchen days where I prep/cut veggies, make a fruit salad, food process some onion and garlic for the week, and bake about 2 dozen muffins for breakfasts. Doing these things help make other days easier and quicker.


15 Cara July 7, 2010

I try my best to cook healthy meals every night for dinner, but the reality is is that sometimes, specifically here in Korea, it is a lot cheaper to go out and eat than it is to buy groceries. So going out for a quick meal is quite tempting on those days when I am tired. On a positive note, Korean cuisine is quite healthy, so I can’t complain too much.


16 Jolene ( July 7, 2010

I spend a lot more time in the kitchen now that I am blogging!!!! Eating healthy means more time in the kitchen, but I LOVE it!! The kitchen is one of my favourite places to be :-)


17 highonhealthy July 7, 2010

I definitely spend more time in the kitchen but.. I love it! Cooking and baking happen to be something that I find enjoyable and that I’m naturally good at so any time in the kitchen is lovely. A dirty little secret of mine is that.. I … actually enjoy washing and drying dishes! It’s relaxing and lets me unwind – putting music on makes it even better. The only thing is that I wish I was more creative in the kitchen instead of always following recipes.


18 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

I need to start playing music when I wash dishes!


19 Candice July 7, 2010

While I wouldn’t say the kitchen is my favorite place to be…I do enjoy it more than I used to! Either way it’s worth the extra time and effort to feel good about my health!

I almost always cook up more than I can eat in a sitting so that I can have leftovers in the fridge. It’s so nice to just walk in and heat up leftovers when I’m feeling especially tired…or especially busy!


20 Jae July 7, 2010

Angela, I have a question that I hope you wont mind answering.
It’s completely out of the blue but you mentioned earlier on in your blog days that Eric isnt a vegan. I was wondering, does he eat meat with his coworkers or something? or will he ask you to prep a bit of meat on the side for him?
Sorry, I just randomly thoguht about this and had to ask. :) Hope you dont mind


21 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

Yup he still eats meat once and a while…he goes out to eat every day at work and will have meat once a week or so maybe. Also he also BBQ’s meat on the grill when he gets the craving.


22 Crystal @ West Coast Peach July 7, 2010

It does take more time to eat healthy meals, but it is so worth it. So many bad for you foods are prepackaged and ready to eat or cook (think: frozen food aisle, Pop tarts, instant noodles). If you want a balanced meal it takes effort to combine all those ingredients. I could throw a frozen dinner in the oven, wait 30 minutes, wash one cookie sheet or I could pull out a pot and make my own mashed potatoes, baked chicken, and whatever veggie I wanted. Not to mention most of those tv dinners have corn as the veggie. Corn is tasty but there are much more nutritious options out there if you just make the meal yourself.

I love cooking my own meals but I have to agree about the dishes. SO MANY DISHES!! Arthur always gasps and asks “Where did they all come from!?” I told him I have to do dishes everyday or else there just becomes too many and he thought I was crazy. Good to know I’m not alone! ;)


23 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

If you saw my kitchen sink/dishwasher you’d think the Brady Bunch lived here! lol


24 Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! July 7, 2010

I definitely spend more time in the kitchen now that I’m eating healthier. I find I like one-pot meals like stews and chili. Of course, this time of year isn’t the best for those, but that hasn’t stopped me!

One thing I love about preparing my own food is the financial savings. I try calculating the costs of meals and they are usually just a couple of dollars each if that! Compared to a restaurant meal (which, for a vegetarian, often means pasta), it’s like 20% of the cost. That warms my frugal heart :)

Ok, next time I bake the Coconut Cherry Banana bread, I am intentionally under-baking it. Yours looks amazing!


25 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

mmmm cant wait to hear how you like it!


26 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 7, 2010

Since starting my blog back in April, it’s amazing how different my eating and food prep have changed. Suddenly, I’m held accountable for the foods that I’m eating, so I better make them look tasty! And whereas I used to often just grab a quick yogurt & granola bar for breakfast on the go – totally a thing of the past. But honestly, I can’t even imagine going back! Yes, eating healthy does take extra work for sure, but it’s worth every minute. :)


27 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

I can relate to this so much. The blog has totally transformed the way I eat, cook, display, etc.


28 JL Goes Vegan July 7, 2010

Yes! I spend more time in the kitchen but I cook in bulk on Sundays and just reheat or eat cold the rest of the week. I like the creative space and time for cooking but during the week I’m tired and I need a quick, healthy meal.


29 Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana July 7, 2010

Yes! Eating healthier often does mean more time in the kitchen, but if you know you are going to eat many veggie filled meals throughout the week, it’s easiest to cut them all up on Sunday and parse them out in tupperware containers so you’re ready to go. Tofu meals are always much faster than meat, which is great as well :)

Oh and the best part of being in the kitchen longer, is that nice glass of wine I drink while cooking!


30 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

I need to start adding some wine to my cooking…hehe


31 Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana July 8, 2010

YES! It’s such an enjoyable ‘me’ time and I feel like once I relax I allow myself to think more out of the box and usually end up with some pretty fun recipes!


32 Ericka July 7, 2010

I definitely spend a lot of time in the kitchen each night. My schedule can be kind of crazy in grad school, so there are times when I prep my entire next day’s worth of food to take with me. People ask me if I get tired of prepping food each night…I actually love it! It’s my time of the day to just space out while I cut, prep, and wash. It’s almost therapeutic. And it’s SO worth it to have fresh, healthy options on hand the next day. Funny, those same people who ask me if I get tired of prepping food are usually also the first ones to comment how good all of my meals look! :)


33 Laura July 7, 2010

I just finished balancing full time work and full time grad school and often had to prep a full day’s worth of food, too. I enjoyed it, like you, and also found it to be a great way to ensure I ate a well-balanced diet each day since you had to look at it all at once!


34 Kerry July 7, 2010

It’s funny, as much as I love cooking, I do sometimes get tired of being in the kitchen. Especially when I am putting together 2-3 meals to pack the following day. What gets me through the tough days is knowing that the food I’ve prepared tastes so much better than what I could purchase, not to mention it’s healthier and cheaper. I also try to remind myself that the small good choices I make really do add up!


35 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 7, 2010

Oh, giant salads are my favorite dinner. I just wish I didn’t eat them all at once because for a week I’m left without veggies!

I definitely cook more now than ever before. Right out of college it was pasta and that’s it. Minimal dishes and minimal time. I enjoy eating healthier now though!


36 Becki @ HikeBikeEat July 7, 2010

I’ve discovered that I LOVE chopping veggies, ever since I got my new Wusthof knife. It’s almost like going into a calm, meditative state with ever zucchini that lands on my cutting board.


37 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

Eric loves chopping too!


38 Kali July 7, 2010

I definitely spend more time in the kitchen than before. Not just because I’m eating healthier, but because I’m actually cooking too. I used to grab fast food or heat up something in the microwave all of the time. But now, I actually enjoy spending time in the kitchen and taking the time to cook healthy meals.


39 [email protected] the part time dieter July 7, 2010

Hells Yes! I spend soo much more time in the kitchen now that I am eating healthier. For me, I decided to start eating healthy for health related reasons and to lose weight. So for the moment I am counting calories. It is a pesky job, and one that I lose track of quickly – because the amount of time I spend measuring out and weighing food before I create a dish is redonkulous. That being said – it has made me eat more and more vegetables because I don’t bother weighing those (when 100 grams of carrots is only 50 calories – why bother).

at the end of the meal I swear I spend more calories from all the dish washing and cleaning up than the actual meal is.


40 Lisa (BBB) July 7, 2010

The kitchen is by far my favourite room in the house. It is where I go when I am happy and wanting to bake! It is also where I go when I am stressed / sad and wanting to bake :)

Lucky for us we are building a new house and I was able to design the kithen from scratch! My old kitchen was so small and cramped – I am so so excited about our new and improved kitchen to come!!


41 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

wow I must see pics of your new kitchen!


42 Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 7, 2010

That salad looks SO GOOD!! SO very refreshing. And I’m definitely making that bread, I love gooeyness.


43 Laura (youngDCliving) July 7, 2010

Even though it’s expensive, I definitely feel that buying bagged/washed mixed greens and salads is a HUGE time saver. I would hate washing lettuce every day and I really think it would make me eat less, so in my mind, the lack of effort involved in being able to make a salad ends up not only being a huge time saver, but also a healthy bonus! :)


44 Maissa July 7, 2010

I agree! I definitely spend a lot more time in the kitchen since I started eating better, but I think that’s a good thing. Living a healthy lifestyle is about change in lifestyle, and I think one of the most important things in any healthy lifestyle isn’t so much what you eat but your awareness of it.

I think that by playing with food, by throwing weird vegetables into the cart, shopping at farmer’s markets and joining CSAs etc, we become more conscious consumers. We learn about local food chains, and we learn to take pride in the food we eat. Fresh food takes longer to prepare, but that’s what we used to do. Historically humans have spent a lot longer in the kitchen than we do now, and they had fewer problems with obesity, heart disease etc.

In the Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food Michael Pollan urges us to eat the way our grandmother did, not, to paraphrase, because she was smarter, but because it was what she knew. Home-cooked meals, sitting down to eat, taking the time to value food.

We put time into things we value, and food is something that, in my opinion, ought to be valued, therefore the time we dedicate to it is worth it. So I spend an hour less sitting around on the couch, I’ll take it. Furthermore, if I know I’m having a super busy week, I pre-cut and package things into single-serving baggies. Saves a TON of time.


45 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

I love this comment…thank you! You spoke to my thoughts exactly. It is the same theme with the price of healthy food- since when did we put so little value on our food and expect it to be so cheap? I get an email from the farmer’s at the plan B CSA each week and they are in those fields sweating buckets working their butts off in the field just so we can have lettuce, and onions, and tomatos, etc! Farmers are SO undervalued.


46 Bree July 7, 2010

HAHAHA…I’m ALWAYS begging Warren to clean the juicer after we make juice.

“Well…I made the juice…so you have to clean the juicer…” as if it was terribly difficult. :-P

hahaha too funny


47 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

LOL!!!!!!!! Oh yes juicing is soooo hard. hehe ;p That is funny.


48 Lauren @ Eater not a runner July 7, 2010

I don’t think you have to spend THAT much more time in the kitchen to eat healthy. I just have a lot of fruits and veggies at all times that can be made into salads or roasted up. But you can roast veggies in bulk for the week and make multiple salads at once, that’s what I do!


49 [email protected] July 7, 2010

I just sent my husband a nice text after reading this…what a sweet reminder :) I also spend waaay more time in the kitchen/doing dishes since I’ve started to eat so fresh and so clean. As long as I have a Pandora station blaring, it’s all good!


50 Stacey July 7, 2010

I think there’s a balance to eating healthy and time spent in the kitchen. There are ways to make quicker dinners that are still healthy along with other meals. Also with cooking healthy usually you start to want to cook other things, experimentation takes time in the kitchen.


51 Delilah July 7, 2010

Hi Angela,
I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now & it’s a constant source of motivation for me! Just wanted to tell you that I love cinnamon in my VOO (also in my fav. hot oatmeal combo). I add 1/2 tsp cinnamon to my VOO mix that goes in the fridge. Then layer with the PB Banana Soft Serve. I love the combo to the peanut butter/banana/cinnamon.


52 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

Wow thank you, will try this tomorrow!


53 Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 7, 2010

It definitely takes more time to eat healthy, but I think the effort definitely pays off. If you rely only on convenience food, chances are you might get sick somewhere along the line and spend lots of time in a hospital. The way I see things, it’s either spend now or spend later. I’d rather spend the time now so I am healthy and happy. :)


54 Sara July 7, 2010

I recommend a little dried ginger in the green monsters along with cinnamon; really gets the juices flowing!


55 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

mmmm sounds delicious


56 Rhea a.k.a. Greek Feaster July 7, 2010

Story of my life! Some days I feel like all I do is wash food, chop food, shove food in my mouth and wash dishes. Wash, chop, shove, wash. Repeat. That said, it IS worth it– especially if you have a friend or beau to keep you company in the kitchen :) I swear that my meals taste better when I enjoy them with someone else, and having a buddy to chat with while washing dishes makes the work feel less like a chore. I do want to try to get better at preparing things at the beginning of the week. With three roommates, though, it’s hard to reserve fridge space for that long!
Also (and this is probably the more corn-ball thing I have ever typed in blog-land), I love reading about your relationship with Eric. It really warms my heart that you two have each other because I can really tell that you treasure the other and your time together. Ok, end cheesiness. :D


57 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

aww thank you! Im cheesey too so no worries, lol

I love this:

” Some days I feel like all I do is wash food, chop food, shove food in my mouth and wash dishes. Wash, chop, shove, wash. Repeat”

Umm yup! I say as a vegan all I do is eat.


58 Daniel July 7, 2010

I find myself in the kitchen more often than any other room in the house! I love cooking and it really helps me relax and relieve stress just by preparing a meal. If I could, I would spend a day or two just cooking and eating! But I get full and have to stop at some point. :P

I find that it does take extra time to prepare and chop and clean things as well but it’s worth it in the long run – your food isn’t only going to taste better but it’s going to be better for you. Plus there’s an amazing sense of accomplishment when you make an awesome dish that you and others enjoy!

The only complaint I have is I find it’s difficult to do when I’m in the dorms because of homework and having to run to the 3rd floor (I live on the 4th) to use the kitchen. Other than that, it’s all worth it to me.


59 Maya July 7, 2010

Yes, I definitely do agree that healthy eating often takes more time. Often the most important things in life take extra effort, but are ultimately worth it in the long run. I do enjoy cooking, so at least there’s that!


60 [email protected] July 7, 2010

I can definitely relate. Sometimes it just seems like it takes TOO much time to eat healthy. But I know that I feel the best when I make most of my food at home using fresh ingredients and knowing what goes into my food. It’s so worth it!! I like to make big batches of certian things (this week it was tabbouleh) and have lots of fruits and veggies on hand that you can make different meals out of.


61 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 7, 2010

I definitely spend MUCH mor time in the kitchen now than I ever have before. I’m there for every single meal and in between. I love it..and my mom’s pretty happy about it, too. It measn less cooking for her during the holidays! :D


62 kelli July 7, 2010

Just out of curiosity because I have been hesitant to try it, what does maca powder taste like?! Yes I agree I feel like I am in the kitchen 2/3 of the day always whipping something healthy up!!, being vegan takes more time too…can’t just whip out some turkey and cheese! or grab a slice of pizza


63 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

Maca powder does NOT taste good in my opinion, but used in small amounts the taste can be masked! It sort of tastes like funky caramel and that is putting it nicely lol


64 kelli July 9, 2010

LOL thanks for the heads up, mybe I will wait to try it aha


65 Chelsey July 7, 2010

I agree that eating healthy does take more effort and thought. I do think though I have found what works for me and my meals do not take very long to make anymore. I love spending time in the kitchen though and creating new recipes so I don’t mind it! Although the dish washing gets kind of tedious from time to time….


66 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 7, 2010

Oh yes yes yes. I find myself in the kitchen more, but it only makes me more excited about eating healthy. I find that I enjoy my food more when I’ve taken the time to prep and cook it. To save on time though, as soon as I get home from the grocery store (usually once or twice a week), I do a produce chop. I clean, chop, and store all my produce for the week. I find that it saves so much time and the food actually stays fresher.


67 Clarice July 7, 2010

When I’m cooking and especially when I’m baking, I try to follow my Nana’s advice “Wash as you go!” It shortens things some. Between cooking dinner and preparing food for lunch the next day, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I love to use the time to listen to podcasts from NPR.


68 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

Im a big fan of rinsing and soaking as I go!


69 Shelly July 7, 2010

I really had to work hard to find a good balance between the time it takes to make healthy meals and the time I need to spend exercising- while still allowing a little time for me to decompress in the evenings. On my rest days, I don’t mind spending an hour and a half in the kitchen (I really enjoy it), but I try to have dinner on the table in 40 minutes or less on days that I also work out. So my rule of thumb for quick days is to quickly bake some chicken or turkey for my fiance (and me if I feel like it, but I’m erring more on the vegetarian side these days and often opt for a poached egg instead- which takes about 8 minutes to cook) which usually cooks in about half an hour. Whole grain pasta or microwaved sweet potatoes are a quick way for me to get in some healthy carbs- amaranth and quinoa cook very quickly as well. If I want wheat berries, I make them the night before, and I know that brown rice or barley take about 40 minutes for me too cook- so that’s pushing it, but sometimes that’s what I want. As for veggies, sauteed spinach takes literally 2 minutes and is one of my favorites. Roasted veggies take about half an hour, and I also like to blanch things like brocolli or green beans. Salads, obviously, are also really fast. Canned beans heated up with veggies are also fast and tasty.
What really makes things come together quickly for me is that I take these discreet elements and put them all together, sometimes as separate piles of food, but sometimes all mixed together with some tomato sauce. In general though, quick healthy cooking involves me keeping things very simple. When I want to do some complicated baking or anything involving a sauce that is not made of canned tomatoes, I need more time.


70 Hunter July 7, 2010

Yes, eating well certainly preperation and effort indeed! I don’t really notice though, not until I make a point at looking at how much of my ‘domestic time’ actually involves food: planning it, procuring it, preparing it, and putting in mah face!

I don’t really notice it as being a chore or anything, because healthy food is just integrated into my lifestyle. It is important to me and more than worth the effort after years of disordered, oddball eating. Ugh! I remember the days when my grocery order would be something like: 2 litres of Pepsi, deli salad, bags upon bags of Lipton Sidekicks, and a plastic tub of chocolate almonds (<-'healthy snack'!) After that sort of living, it is a treat to have transitioned to a mostly vegan diet, full of flavour and variety. I am definitely healthier and happier and more fit now that I care about eating whole food and fresh vegetables.

It also helps that I am not inclined anymore toward eating out, or buying processed foods in general. I usually prefer what I`m able to make. That`s a pretty cool feeling! I also enjoy cooking and kitcheny stuff. Recently I had a houseguest who is the opposite; not as bad as I used to be, but she is way more happy to get take-out. She even grumbled about my lack of modern conveniences like a microwave. Everything she cooks at home is done in the microwave, she explained, and actually bringing out pots to cook seemed like a fuss. She thought I was nuts for coming home from work and making a nice dinner instead of getting something to go and 'just relaxing.' I find cooking relaxing though…a good transition from my busy work self to the reflective domestic version.

By the way, I often pop by your blog around dinner time to see what you`ve posted for your own meal. It always looks so appetizing it totally inspires me to put some added attention into dinner!


71 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

I can relate to you enjoying the process now as compared to your ED past. I never took any pleasure in cooking or food before my recovery so it is a nice breath of fresh air. Thanks for the reminder!


72 Sara July 7, 2010

I definitely spend more time in the kitchen because of trying to eat healthier, but I do try to save time there by making certain things ahead of time, if I can, or doing lots of veg chopping ahead of time and bagging based on what it’s going to be used for. I also have some good quick recipes that we love, so I’ll plan those for the nights that we’ve got workouts scheduled, etc! I do love my kitchen :)


73 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 7, 2010

i love this post…being in the kitchen always came naturally to me growing up with my parents, but it’s become almost a therapeutic thing for me! it’s the only place in my house that consistently clean, and i just love spending time in there :)


74 Jess @ MTL Veggie July 7, 2010

While it is definitely true that making a commitment towards a healthy lifestyle is one that is time consuming and can be a little messy with plenty of clean up required, I think it is all a matter of looking at it from the proper perspective. When you’re in the kitchen cooking, it becomes a social event or activity- rather than sitting down and watching TV with unhealthy or “fast food” you’re moving around, chatting with your friend/husband/family/boyfriend/girlfriend etc… Even if you’re cooking alone you can have fun with good music on, sipping on a cocktail or mocktail and enjoy your time being creative. Cooking healthy meals has really made me appreciate how much fun cooking can be that it seems like less of a chore, and more of a creative outlet. AND if you keep a sink full of dishwater going at all times and rinsing/washing dishes as you go, the clean up at the end is way easier :)


75 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

I love your point of view on this! Great way to look at it. Eric and I always have our post work catch up over dinner and dishes :)


76 Gina (@ Looking Forward) July 8, 2010

I agree, I try to look at cooking as more of a hobby…especially when I am sitting at a desk for 8 hours. It’s nice to come home and spend some time on my feet preparing a healthy dinner, cleaning, talking to my boyfriend, etc.


77 Camille July 7, 2010

I love your additional “I believe…”
I tell my Boyfriend I love him every day, but I want to start telling him reasons why I appreciate him too :) Thanks!


78 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

im sure he will love that!


79 kaila July 7, 2010

i can completely relate to what krista is saying. eating healthy requires spending A LOT of time in the ktichen. thankfully i love to cook so this isnt to big of a problem for me. but for people who arent use to this i can definitely see it being a hard transition.


80 Diana @ VEGeneration July 7, 2010

I can completely relate — I also enjoy not just the food I prepare, but the time I spend in the kitchen making it and the effort I put into chopping, cooking, and plating everything. Washing dishes isn’t too bad either… if it’s just dishes, it can actually be therapeutic to me! Lol and I always carry my camera around now, too, to get snapshots of my creations. I love doing all this, and I know that every little thing counts towards a healthier happier me :D


81 Morgan @ Life After Bagels July 7, 2010

Yes I spend a lot more time in the kitchen than I used to. . . and yet I am so time pressed that I like to think that I’m a great example of how anyone at all can fit the healthy meals into their lifestyle . . . for me it all revolves around meal planning


82 Heather McClees July 7, 2010

Hi Angela! I can’t tell you how much I just love you and your website! I have a weird question- I’m a COMPLETE foodie and enjoy making pretty dishes,so I’d like to know where in the world you get all the adorable,super-sleek tall glasses that are in your posts for VOO and your green tea recipe. I’d love to know how to purchase some!

I like to put my juice and VOO in extra-large champagne glasses which are fun, or a big margarita glass ! I have an awesome margarita- inspired juice recipe on my blog- here’s the link if you get a chance:)

Also, I LOVE the Pink Parade Post you made! My room is painted pink and I’m 25! I’m such a crazed fan of the color, so I definitely plan on buying some cherries to make the VOO and remarkably, your juicing ingredients are the only ones left in MY fridge too,so I’ll be making your pink juice tomorrow!) yay- so excited:)
I spend lots of time in my kitchen preparing foods. I am vegan and eat several raw foods and meals,so many times I’m soaking seeds or nuts or grains or juicing or blending! I need to start cooking for myself more and your blog is inspiring me to do that! I used to do this quite often but went really raw and quit. My IBS has returned and so I definitely plan on eating more cooked foods like the ones you show!I love your Coconut Bread recipe! I have made one similar and substituted the cherries with blueberries because they’re my favorite,and WOW- So yummy. I even made them into cookies too! That recipe is here:

Anyway, thanks for the info on the glasses if you get a chance:) In the meantime, keep up your inspirational work.

Heart and Soul,

Heather McClees


83 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

Thank you for such a sweet comment Heather! =) Your blog looks great! As for your question about the glasses, I purchase them at Crate and Barrel- many of them are actually small vases if you can believe it! haha.


84 Amber K July 7, 2010

Before I started eating healthier, I rarely spent any time in the kitchen. I went in there for something to drink…and maybe to put the leftovers from take-out? That’s about it. Now I’m chopping, slicing, dicing, cooking, steaming, sauteeing, blending, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning!

Definitely a lot of work, but it is worth it!


85 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

YOU GO GIRL! haha cant believe i just said that, but I’ll go with it ;p


86 Amber K July 8, 2010

LOL =)


87 Ashley July 7, 2010

Love that you’re still enjoying your TJ’s goodies!! ;) I also love gooey bread + cinnamon in EVERYthing!!! I definitely spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but I feel like I have always spent a lot of time in the kitchen, even when I wasn’t cooking the healthiest meals. I would say that I definitely do more dishes now though! Sometimes I get annoyed w/the dishes, as I make at least 2 good kitchen messes per day…but I kind of just zone out + get it done! I’m sure you feel the same. I remember all of the granola cleaning…eek!


88 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

granola cleaning eats up my soul. Hands + knees picking off granola stuck to the floor is how I spend my evenings. lol.


89 Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA July 7, 2010

My secret is leftovers! Also, I make easy stuff that doesn’t take a lot of time, like sweet potatoes – just pop them in the oven, no work required. When I’m going to be spending some time washing and chopping veggies, I put on a favorite TV show and it becomes quite enjoyable! I can feel productive and have fun. I just posted a recipe on my blog for my Instant Colcannon – mashed potatoes and kale that takes 3 minutes. So I make stuff like that.


90 bitt July 7, 2010

yes I spend more time in the kitchen now. paying attention to what i eat it important for me. when i just got take out or premade meals, i spent less time in the kitchen, but my health was not as good. i started spending time in the kitchen mostly to make raw foods, but then found it so fun i really look forward to it. unless it is really hot like today, in that case cutting a watermelon open is about as fancy as it gets.


91 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 7, 2010

I’m always amazed at how little of time it takes me to prepare the boy I nanny for’s meal. Throw some chicken nuggets in the microwave with some leftovers and plop down a couple of baby carrots. Voila.

I on the other hand definitely feel like I spend a majority of my day in the kitchen, but I don’t mind it one bit!


92 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf July 7, 2010

I have to say that cooking my own healthy meals has become second nature to me. I can’t imagine not cooking my meals most days.

It also helps that I love to cook. My mom has struggled with her weight for years and it’s so taxing for her to make changes because she doesn’t like to cook and she “doesn’t have time” to prep and plan her meals, much less cook.


93 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 8, 2010

That salad looks so amazing! I am so joining a CSA ASAP. I have a few in mind and want to chose the right one. ;)

Yes, being healthy requires times in the kitchen, but I absolutely love it! As a kid I would spend hours in the kitchen dreaming of being a chef, then as I got older (and unhealthier) I strayed away from it. I am SO HAPPY to finally spend time again whipping up healthy creations. I think everyone can grow a love affair with the kitchen. :)


94 Wei-Wei July 8, 2010

Case in point – my mom made pancakes from Bisquick this morning. It’s a lot quicker apparently, but I don’t think so… It won’t keep me full for as long, either. I’d rather make those “healthy spelt pancakes for one” recipe that you have!

When I start living on my own I definitely will be trying to learn to cook healthy and from scratch. But until then, I can only try to “bake” healthy… :D



95 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

glad you like the pancakes!


96 Kim July 8, 2010

Yes yes! I always ask my husband how two people can go through enough dishes to have to run the dishwasher at least twice a day. It’s maddening because I HATE doing dishes. On the other hand, I know it’s what I need to do if I want to make fresh, whole foods for us. Since we started our CSA share, I have had to think of even more ways to stuff fruits and vegetables into every meal and snack. This is a good thing, but sometimes takes more creativity and resourcefulness than I naturally have :).

It’s definitely worth it, but I sure could use some tips on time-management in the kitchen.


97 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

What would we do without google? Its helpful!


98 Kim July 8, 2010

Why yes, I have heard of Google, thank you.
Was just stating what I was thinking, not asking for your help, specifically.


99 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

I did not mean that sarcastically at all…sorry if it came across that way. I was referring to how I google the CSA stuff that I don’t know how to prepare.


100 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 8, 2010

Oh I can totally relate to that – I have my blender out SO often during the’s a nasty to clean, but in the end I think it’s worth it :)I’d rather that than take out the rubbish stuffed with take away boxes or something :P


101 Johanna July 8, 2010

Oh, the kitchen love! One favorite subject for me too. :)
Yes, I spend a lot of time in my kitchen prepping meals, but at the moment I (unfortunately) have a busy schedual and can’t spend as much time in my kitchen as I want to. Sooo, that means a lot of prep time for food (like soking of time in oven), but not really that much actual time spent in kitchen cooking. That’s a shame, ’cause I love it. As for now, I have to accept the fact that spending more time cooking food will only stress me more, so I make a lot of quick and easy recipes (VERY grateful for all the inspiration from here and other food blogs) and plan all week what to do in the weekends when I got more time on my hands.

And one other thing about kitchen time, if you make it a habit to do a little planning – Which food I feel for this week? Gonna try any new recipe? – make sure you got the ingredients at home, prepare what can be prepared and make larger serving and put some of it away in the freezer, it’s actually easier to keep to the healty path (easIER… not always eay. :P).

I’m soo gonna try In A Jiffy Veggie Pie this weekend – I think our suggestion for hummus at the bottom and tomatoe sauce on top will work! Speaking of hummus, every tried to sprout garbanzo beans? They get so much more flavour and you only have to boil them for 10 minutes! I often make hummus of sprouted garbanzo beans and think it gets a much richer flavour… they are delicious in a salad too! :)

Have a great Thursday!


102 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

No I have not tried the sprouted G beans…sounds fun!
Let me knowhow the pie turns out. Its good cold too!


103 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 8, 2010

I have only just started on my journey to a healthier life and yes, even though I am only slowly introducing cooking meals from scratch into my routine I can tell that I am definitely spending more time in the kitchen! I enjoy it though and really want to become a more accomplished cook. Even though learning is slow I know that one day I’ll reach my goal – three months ago I couldn’t run for more than 10 minutes and now I can do 50, which proves that if you do anything regularly enough you will improve! I don’t think I’ll ever have time to do any hardcore cooking that takes hours but you can still make tasty food in a half hour or less, right?!


104 Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life July 8, 2010

I AGREE! I’m in the kitchen SO MUCH more now, too!!! My problem is, I SNACK while I’m in there! AGH!!

And hello yummy salsa- I haven’t tried that kind yet!!!!


105 Kristin (Salty Tooth) July 8, 2010

Your Green Monsters always look so great! Mine never look that awesome.


106 Ange July 8, 2010

I love that quote at the end!
Although eating healthy is time consuming, I really feel like it is one of the best ways to nurture oursevles….and so many great memories are made around food! I love meal planning and thinking about what the weather will be like on a night we we grill veggie burgs or what friends might stop in on the night we make DIY pizzas.
Most days I feel like I’m in my kitchen 50% of the day but then it balances out other days because I try to do alot of my prep over a few days each week.


107 Lea July 8, 2010

I spend a ton of time in the kitchen…but I like the sense of connectedness I have with my food when I take the time to mindfully prepare what I eat. I have learned some tricks along the way that have helped streamline my food prep, though. I plan all my dinners on Sunday based on what we bought at the Farmer’s Market and chop or cut anything that will keep well for 5-6 days in a chopped-up state. By planning dinners and posting the plan on the fridge, I can come home in the afternoons and get straight to prepping for dinner–no more poking around in the fridge to figure out what to make. This has worked wonders in increasing the number of home-cooked dishes we eat and reducing wasted produce in our house! It’s so much more pleasant and easier to make dinner when everything is thought out (and chopped) ahead of time. It works for breakfast too; I’m able to grab some pre-cut fruit for a smoothie in just a few seconds. I use the Magic Bullet for my smoothies and clean up is so, so easy. I don’t think it would work for Green Monsters, though…although I haven’t tried it so I don’t know for sure.


108 Triathlonbabe aka Grace July 8, 2010

I love my Magic Bullet for smoothies, it’s awesome little appliance. I tried using it for a green monster and it was a bust.


109 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

Yes I have heard of many readers who use the bullet for the GM’s and they love it! It would be great for travel too I would think?


110 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 8, 2010

I love putting cinnamon in my Green Monsters too!

Healthy eating definitely takes a lot more commitment – I think you have to be truly dedicated to it, and it really helps if you love food as well! Sure it costs a lot (time and $$), but I like to think that the health benefits and feeling fantastic outweigh the costs. To speed up time in the kitchen, I chop up fruit after I buy it and store it in tupperware containers, and I often make leftovers (such as high-protein salads) that I store in single-serve containers. That way, when I need to take a meal to campus, I can just grab something already made, rather than worrying about preparing a balanced meal or trying to find something healthy to eat while I’m out.


111 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 8, 2010

I spend tons of time in the kitchen. I rarely make leftovers or do prep work though, so I’m probably spending a lot more time in there than necessary! I tend to make a lot of stir fries and salads though, which are fast and easy to prepare.


112 Triathlonbabe aka Grace July 8, 2010

Oooo, gotta try the cinnamon in my Green Monsters. Hey, this pursalane you speak of….hmmm, a friend of mine gave me some twigs from her garden last weekend that she thinks is pursalane. I put it in my juice Tuesday night after my workout and I was full of energy after that…not sure if that is what caused it and I don’t know if that was pursalane. I may have to take a picture of it so you can tell me if that is what it is. She said it just suddenly appeared in their garden, when she showed it to me, I was like….hmmmm, that looks just like the stuff you showed recently.

I love cooking and making my meals as healthy as possible too. I’ve found that even though eating healthier is more time consuming and more costly, in the end my thinking is that it is more beneficial and cheaper healthwise. Ever since I found your blog, I find that planning a lot of my meals come from what you’ve fixed over the weeks. One of the things I do to cut time out, especially with berries, some other fruits and salads. I wash all of my berries, then I put them in tupperware containers for the week, same with melons, i.e., watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe. For my salads, I always fix one big green salad on Sundays and pull out what I need on the days that is what I’ll be having for lunch. I also freeze fruits, berries and bananas for my smoothies.

Your salad looks so refreshing!


113 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

LOL I love that you throw random greens in your smoothie! I cannot get over how energizing Purslane is…I totally notice a huge difference. I think it is the omegas!


114 Kristen Kearns July 8, 2010

I definitely spend much more time in the kitchen now that I eat healthier; but as most of the commenters have already said, it is totally worth it! I enjoy it. :)

I spend time on either Saturdays or Sundays and cook a lot of things for the week. A big batch of vegan burgers (I like to take them for lunch- you can crumble them up over a salad, slice them up and put them in a wrap, cover them with lentils, hummus, tomato paste, sprouts and other fresh veggies…). I’ll make another big batch of something else that I can eat for dinner (I’m a creature of habit and don’t mind having a few repeat meals throughout the week. I live alone and it helps save on time and money.

I go to Costco, Trader Joes and local Farmer’s Markets (I live in Indianapolis and the are all over the place) and stock up on fantastic veggies and fruits. When I get home from work and the gym, I just make my meals all at once (dinner and also breakfast and lunch for the following day). It has become routine so it doesn’t seem so bad.

I too feel like I’m constantly doing dishes :)

If this is the small price I pay for feeling this great, then I feel like I’m getting a pretty great deal!


115 Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 8, 2010

I spend more time in the kitchen and I don’t mind that at all but the dishes..oh goodness, I am not enjoying that part! I think a dedication to a healthy lifestyle is time consuming but I borrow time from tv watching and other activities that aren’t going to contribute my over well being in the same way.


116 AGS July 8, 2010

The question regarding how much time you spend in the kitchen is an interesting one. I’d say the amount of time I spending cooking does not vary by the health/quality of the food — possibly because I cooked a lot with my family, and a lot on my own (and usually that was healthy anyway). My husband and I eat meals that usually take about 20 minutes to make, so I don’t really see how you can say it takes longer. How hard is broiled/grilled turkey/veggie burgers and veggies? How hard is whole wheat pasta with a some chopped tom. and basil? How hard is quinoa and poached salmon? All of those are about 20 min prep/cooking + 10 min clean-up. Hummus takes about 10 min to make if you buy the chickpeas in a can. . . And as for the cost: has anyone noticed how much icrecream is — or how much chips/sugary cereals are? I think that if you really considered your time, it wouldn’t be any more difficult to make a nice healthy meal, than a nice (yes — nice!) unhealthy one. And the cost would probably be the same.


117 Therese July 8, 2010

I definitely spend more time in the kitchen now than I used to! Until I was about 25 I never spent more than ten minutes in the kitchen and that was mostly watching the KD in the pot or the entre in the microwave. Now there’s a LOT more planning, prepping and cooking but rarely do I spent hours in the kitchen. I just don’t have time, but on those rare days I have off I find myself making batches of food so I can just grab and go on my way to work and I’m completely obsessed with anything kitchen-y!

My Mom is quite proud at the moment! I don’t think she’d ever thought she’d see the day when I would actually ENJOY cooking and now she’s asking ME to make things at family gatherings! I love spreading the healthy meals around!


118 ally July 8, 2010

Oh my god, the juicer. I was so excited when I finally got one, until I realized it is a HUGE pain to clean. It says it’s dishwasher friendly, but I don’t run the dishwasher every day. AND it says you’re not supposed to leave it sitting for too long without being washed (I guess it can get stained?). Arggghh. I love the idea of fresh juice daily, but I can’t deal with the thought of all the constant cleaning. Especially that mesh filter part… that is the worst!


119 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

haha the mesh filter eats my soul and spits it out.


120 Tamara July 8, 2010

I didn’t realize how much time I spent in the kitchen until I started graduate school this summer and suddenly didn’t have any hours left in the day! It’s been hard to adjust back to eating quick 5-minute meals and hauling sandwiches around with me on campus. I miss my “real” meals :(


121 Michelle July 8, 2010

Eating healthy does require a ton of time in the kitchen! It also takes a lot of time just planning ahead of time what you’re going to make. My life’s busy-ness has recently caught up with me and I feel during the week I’ve been spending less time in the kitchen than I normally do. I’ve never noticed the difference too! Hopefully I find some free time soon to get some healthier meals in my tummy :)


122 Jen July 8, 2010

I agree! Healthy eating definitely does take more prep time and time in the kitchen, but it is so worth it! I feel healthier, happier and more energized!


123 Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous July 8, 2010

I can definitely relate to this. I can never seem to keep up with the amount of dirty dishes in my home and I HATE doing them!!! I did them yesterday before I made dinner, and by the time I was done cooking, the sink was full again. GARRR!!!


124 Stephanie July 8, 2010

Definitely! It wasn’t until I started cooking meals every night because it was cheaper that I noticed how unhealthy my meals were. I kept finding out things that I was eating were bad for me and kept changing little things. I would have been so intimated if I would have tried to change everything at once! It’s amazing how much of a true 180 I’ve made since I started cooking my own meals out of necessity!


125 Ali July 8, 2010

I can relate, definitely. My problem though, is not with how time consuming healthy eating is, it is the fact that I wish I could be working with food more! I actually work in higher education and healthy eating, baking, and food in general is really just a lifestyle choice/hobby. All of which is great, but I wish it could be more of my life. How to pay the bills (including grad school loans :o( ) and make a career change into something I actually care about?? THERE is the problem!


126 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

I wish you all the best with your decision! You will figure it out :)


127 Ali July 8, 2010

Thank you! I really hope so. This desk job is SO unfulfilling! I actually have a BA and MS in Psychology/ Mental Health Counseling. Not using that either! What you do is really admirable though, gives me a bit of hope – thanks :o)


128 k8 July 8, 2010

Preparing our meals – the washing, chopping, mixing, tasting – it’s part of mindful eating. I believe that the more packaged our food becomes, the less we feel connected to our primary source of fuel and the more we abandon the ways our bodies were meant to feed themselves. I am a huge believer in the “therapy” that is preparing our meals. My mind slows when I’m chopping carrots, as I’m picking weeds from the garden. We were meant to spend this time with our food. Without it, we abandon our health.


129 Lauren (Lauren Loves Good Food) July 8, 2010

Gahhh, I could write a book on dish washing, I do it all day! I try to rise everything right after I use it or at least fill all the pots and pan with hot soapy water so they can soak while I eat. Other than the food processor I don’t mind washing anything but I do so detest drying things. I don’t know why. Oh and I don’t enjoy having chipped nail polish ALL THE TIME from dish washing :(


130 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 8, 2010

I can’t wear nail polish anymore as a baker…well if I did I would have to wear gloves so I just dont wear it. Toes only!
I agree that rinsing helps a ton


131 Kathryn July 8, 2010

There is a noticeable amount of time in the kitchen now – luckily my hubby will wash dishes if I unlaod. It works pretty great.
What is funny to me is I’m more committed to spending time on packing breakfast and lunch in the morning than I am to getting ready with hair and makeup. My syle has simplified SO much. I wear my hair curly now becuase it is faster and I’ve got my make up routine down to sunblock and mascara – that’s it. I think the healthy food has made a huge difference in my own “glow” too – I really don’t need any extra face makeup.
I spend more time on dinner and watch less TV too. I think it is time well spent in the kitchen.


132 Melissa July 8, 2010

Love your “I believe” for today and its so true. We don’t appreciate people enough!
Mmm green monsters with cinnamon are the best! Love the purslane in there too:) Mine is growing…slowly:)
I LOVE being in the kitchen. I get so giddy because there are LIMITLESS things to make and try. Sometimes its overwhelming, but so inspiring too! I have made the prep a habit so I just do it without complaining or dragging my feet. I want the good food, I need to put in the effort. It’s a simple as that. I know a lot of people have crazy busy lives but I think there is time for 10 minutes to clean, wash, and cut veggies for the week. Yet, some people are not having a love affair with their kitchen, for whatever reason, so then “prep” makes them shiver. I think a little encouragement and education goes a long way in this regard.
I eat a lot of raw food now so I’m mainly chopping veggies and sprouting and such! I used to do a lot of (unhealthy) baking and now I do a lot of un-baking which is super fast, so definitely less time there. Yet, I am way more into cooking now than I was before being married, so I spend more time because I love it:)
Ps I appreciate YOU and your great work!


133 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 8, 2010

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen…but I love it. It’s theraputic…towards good health…and hell, I just love good food. Also – those tomato curry chickpeas look awesome.


134 Christa July 8, 2010

My favorite thing when spending a lot of time in the kitchen, is my hubby seeing the work I am doing and starts cleaning up for me! I have THE best husband ever, and he definitely knows the appreciation I have for him.

Last night I went into a baking frenzy (including your ah-mazing bread), and he washed the dishes, put away all the ingredients I used, as I was baking. Thank goodness for that because I was exhausted by the time I was done… I don’t know how you do it with the bakery!

I am definitely going to try those chickpeas!


135 Jennifer July 8, 2010

I can ABSOLUTELY relate to this! I love eating a healthier diet, but there are plenty of times when I resort to less-than-healthy meals because I just don’t have the time/energy/planning required to do it. I find that if/when I don’t plan for my meals, I end up just eating whatever (= usually NOT healthy!) and then am reminded of how much I enjoy my generally healthy diet. The key for me is definitely planning. And making large meals that we can use for leftovers. Luckily, it’s just me and my husband so it’s pretty easy to get a lot out of one meal. One of my tricks is to make big batches of things and then freeze them so I can have them in a week or two (also this way I don’t have to eat the same thing for days in a row). This is key for my workday lunches so that I don’t give in to fast food grossness (and $$$). Another thing we do is cut up veggies for a few days all at once. That way, we already have chopped up veggies for our salads and what-not and we can just grab them whenever we want to. I do sometimes get tired of how much time/work goes into my healthy eating habit, but it is absolutely worth it and I can definitely feel the differemce when I don’t eat as well. It is amazing to me how quickly I lose taste for the things I used to love. When I eat them again, they are never as good as I remember them being. Guess we all need reminders once in a while, huh?


136 Preena Chauhan July 8, 2010

Hey Angela!
Hope to see you at the Organic Farmers’ Market this Saturday – I need to get some Glo Bars!
Neat how you used the Madras Masala in your chick peas on toast :)
See you then,


137 Bree July 8, 2010

I spend a lot more time in the kitchen then I did 3 years ago. In fact, I regret some of the things I didn’t register for when we got married – I am way more into cooking and baking now! Since our dishwasher has been broken for oh, about a year now I spend even more time washing. Cooking a big meal is satisfying and fun because my husband and I enjoy doing it together, but sometimes seeing the pile of dishes afterward is overwhelming!

One bonus about cooking, prepping, baking etc: you are burning calories doing it :)


138 Heather Baedke July 8, 2010

Do you have the nutritional value of the bread it looks so devine~ you are such a good baker!!


139 Sophie @ yumventures July 9, 2010

My boyfriend says that he is having an affair with law school and I’m having one with our kitchen! Ever since I started cooking I love spending time there. It means so much more to sit down to a plate of natural, homemade food, instead of something from the freeze (or the drive through window)!


140 Kelly July 9, 2010

That is sooo true! I spend so much more time in the kitchen now that I try to eat mostly whole foods. Eating processed foods are so much easier and less time consuming. But for me, it’s totally worth it! One thing I just recently did was to cut up almost all of my veggies so they could easily be made into a salad on the fly without any slicing and dicing. As soon as I got home from the farmer’s market, I chopped everything up and put into baggies to be used all week.


141 Rachel July 9, 2010

LOVE your yummy bread…made this yesterday…my outcome is on my blog. Thanks for sharing your Sweet Bread Wisdom :)


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