Each day I am amazed by how delicious simple food can be. The real magic of wholefoods is that they are uncomplicated and truly satisfying.
I am equally amazed how many people cannot fathom what a vegan eats, how they prepare food or how they can POSSIBLY feel satisfied merely with vegetables.
Yesterday I had, honestly, a blissful day. It began with the usual mania of jumping out of bed, putting the kettle on for my morning hot lemon (never too busy for that!), getting ready while listening to a podcast of Conversations with Richard Fidler and then jumping out of the house while pulling on my cardigan.
It was a divine sunny day in Manchester, which is all-too-rare, so I walked half the way in to town and then caught the bus as I really couldn't be late for rehearsal. Besides - I love grabbing my free Metro paper and squeezing in some good people watching.
There is a market stall at my bus stop that sells fresh fruit and veg - truly! So now my new favourite routine is grabbing bananas for a mere pound to have handy for that day and the next! Breakfast is done - and oh so cheap.
I had the pleasure of a full day of rehearsals, sunshine and even a coffee date with one of the cast members. We found a lovely beer garden that we crashed to merely drink water, basked in the sunshine and soaked up some Vitamin D.
As evening dawned - I went home to do some long overdue cleaning (don't tell my Mum) before thinking what I would have for dinner. I have to mention here that I really don't think anyone warned me how often cleaning has to happen.
When you live alone, you can't blame anyone else for that hair on the floor....or how dirty the sink is. The buck stops here, my friend.
By the time I'd cleaned and performed enthusiastically to my bad sing-along music, I was starving hungry and couldn't be bothered to go out and grab anything. Luckily - I had a random sweet potato lying on the shelf plus some basic vegetables....
How could you possibly make a dinner out of that, Hannah? Well - very easily.
Hacked into the sweet potato (left the skin on, personal preference) did a bit of olive oil drizzling and some rosemary scattering....into the oven! Easy.
Then I prepped some simple fresh, raw vegetables and I have to say - as I sat down with my meal, lit some candles and relished in my clean flat, I felt pretty damn happy and content.
There's a lot of pleasure to be found in simple, wholesome food. I do believe that simple food is the most easy to digest and also TASTES AMAZING. So, we don't always have to get complicated. Simpler can be better.
Simple food is truly my favourite. I am always happy to have an adventure and try to make something crazy and complicated - but in terms of my body, health and busy schedule...nothing satisfies me more than a few ingredients, prepared well.
Here are a few other basic dinner ideas:
A Four Ingredient Salad! Lettuce, capsicum, sun-dried tomatoes and basil. I know it sounds simple, but the key is VOLUME. Making something simple and delicious like this - you get to make it enormous. Remember - I'm living on a budget, usually that's another cause for my limited ingredients. But I promise you - 'tis a blessing not a curse.
The Best Bruschetta: I've posted about this bruschetta a shameful amount of times. Find an amazing loaf of bread and pop a few slices under the grill for a minute. When they're nice and toasted - scrape a clove of garlic over them for flavour and drizzle on some olive oil.
In a small bowl dice up some fresh tomatoes, add oil, chopped basil, salt and pepper. Add to the bread. IT'S AMAZING.
Or you could even make my raw bruschetta (pictured below). Swap the bread for lettuce leaves, maybe add some tahini dressing and throw portion size to the wind!
Bit'a brown rice with some sauteed zucchini, mushrooms, parsley, salt and pepper!
And to sign off - always gotta have a dedication to my humble potato. I do live in England now, after all. And I will passionately take it to my grave: TAT'RS DON'T MAKE YA FAT
This one is a humble spud with hummus and roasted vegetables
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