Our lives run on food. Most of us are too busy to plan a menu and to cook a dish. Ironically, we discuss food-related topics such as the best restaurants, tasty recipes, fascinating ingredients and diets that supposedly work. Depending on such factors of how food is sourced or processed, most diets and ingredients are healthy.
We each have a unique diet to get the nutrients our body needs to survive. Understanding our needs, we’re constantly asking questions about our food and changing our diets accordingly. In the last few years, salt, butter, beef, pork, dairy, nuts, and wheat have had their health benefits questioned. For most people, nothing is wrong with these ingredients, unless their doctor specifically ran a test to declare an allergy. The real question to ask is where it’s sourced, how it’s produced and how it would benefit a personal diet. Planning a menu will answer these questions pertinent to our health.
What’s truly healthy? It’s a simple answer: Cooking a meal at home. It doesn’t matter if it takes a short 30 minutes to a few days to prepare a recipe. Does the thought of spending more than one hour of cooking and eating seem impossible? We’ve been conditioned to think about cooking as a luxury of time. It’s a necessity for our physical and mental health, but good food can fit into a hectic schedule. Sitting down for a meal is sometimes the only time a household verbally communicates with each other. A faint sniff of a particular spice revives nostalgic memories. And, cooking allows us to choose the beneficial ingredients applicable to our health.
We thought the future of health would be like the 1960’s version of the space-age cartoon, The Jetsons. Pop a pill to replace a meal. Who needs food, when we should be working? By the way, did you know George Jetson’s grueling work schedule was only 9 hours a week? Realistically, today most people are working 40 plus hours a week, in addition to organizing households. Our lives lack food of substance and taste. Just when prepared food was ushered in our lives as the modern convenience, we’re learning it’s not always healthy. Some of us lost the ability to cook; fewer of us know how to plan a menu. Creating a recipe is mostly for short-term planning. Maybe, leftovers are anticipated for the next day. Menus are effective for long-term planning, staying within a budget and saving time. We have to plan food back into our lives. Otherwise, we will be at the mercy of bland microwavable pre-cooked meals, fattening fast food and oily take-outs.
I don’t consider myself a food expert, nor have I been to cooking school. My passion drives my evolving knowledge about food. I love reading food-related articles and cookbooks; listening to personal stories; and watching television shows. Learning about international cuisines inspires delicious vegetable dishes. My livelihood depends on planning an interesting menu for an upcoming week. It’s how I live to be healthy.
I grew up in a household, in which both parents worked long hours. It was my dad, who planned the menu and cooked the food. Teachers would write my mother, thanking her for the “…lovely, delicious spice pound cake.” My father would correctly respond in gratitude. My dad is my teacher, the master chef. I’m a picky eater because of my father. This is a guy who makes stuffing from scratch, including baking the bread and cornbread days before it’s stuffed into the bird. I was once offered a fast-food made cinnamon bun and politely refused without expressing reason. My boyfriend was confused, “How could anyone turn down a cinnamon bun… there’s no way your father could make a better cinnamon bun…Millions of people love this… they have the sales to prove how delicious it is, and you don’t like it?” No, I don’t like it. Made at home, it’s a subtle brown sugar sweet, yeasty bread with cinnamon. And, Dad knows to add cranberries and big chunks of pecans to my cinnamon roll. Excuse my gourmet attitude; it’s being fined tuned. My lack of time has humbled me to purchase take-out meals, too. I use my creative skills to shorten prepping and cooking time in recipes. When my father emails a recipe, I reply with a short-cut version. He’s a retired military officer who starts off recipes with making rich chicken stock. It’s no argument; the homemade chicken stock is far superior to store-bought versions. However, who has time for that type of extensive cooking? I’m lucky to know what homemade food taste like because of my father’s love.
My Life Runs on Food is a blog demonstrating how to plan a well-balanced meal back into our lives. It’ll offer tips on how to “brown bag” yesterday’s dinner for lunch. The blog will suggest which seasonal produce to use in recipes. It will encourage buying food from local retailers, such as farmer’s markets. Read how to adapt life events into a weekly menu, and how to quickly update a menu in the middle of the week because of a sudden change of plans. Optimistically, I hope My Life Runs on Food will inspire a passion into creating a weekly menu catering to a well-balanced household.
If you have a question or a suggestion related to foods, planning a menu, or a topic to discuss, please email Sanura@MyLifeRunsOnFood.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
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I just read your comments in Successful Farming magazine and I just wanted to say THANK YOU. I am tired of people in the organic community inferring that what I produce non organically is unsafe. I have no problem if people want to buy organic food but as you said it truly is not worth the extra money. We never over apply herbicide or pesticides. It would be counterproductive and cost prohibitive to do so. Our livestock (beef cow calf operation) are raised with a very good overall health program. I believe that just like we go to the doctor when we are sick that they deserve to be treated with antibiotics when they are sick also. Lets not demand our food be antibiotic and hormone free when we are unwilling to be that way for our selves and our children.
Once again I would like to say THANK YOU for your comments
Craig Kemmet – Kemmet Farms
North Dakota farmer and rancher
Ms. Weathers-read about you in successful farming magazine-I am a 4th generation Montana wheat,barley and hay producer-I embrace your philosophy about agriculture-everything you said is true and I appreciate you broadcasting your trust of our food system. This farmer thanks you-Brian Garnett
So happy to find your blog. I love your way of thinking, and your recipes. I’ll be back!
I love your blog! The recipes are amazing. From here forward I will come here to select and plan my meals!
Thank you for all the work you put into your blog.
Hi, I found your blog last week and have been blog stalking ever since. Great pictures, great recipes, really quality stuff! *subscribing*
Hi, I just wanted to say that I really like your blog! It is both practical, but also has some very delicious recipes.
I’m so glad that I found out about you via PBS.com!! I think I subscribed (hopefully)…I didn’t see any page confirming it when I provided my email address. Have a wonderful Fourth! –Bill Lavery
So happy to find you and your wonderful recipe for white asparagus risotto, which I am planning to serve to my Book Club group this week. I am a massage therapist, a caterer, and an artist as well . My friends and I are serious foodies who value eating the fresh and healthy way , love to entertain ~ we love to play hard and eat well. Very nice to connect with you Sanura. Namaste, Barb
Glad I stumbled upon your blog..will be checking it out. I am an artist, screenwriter, serious foodie, and former caterer. Keep up the good work. Peace, Saint