I'm not sure if this counts or not because I'm technically not "cooking" anything, but I have recently become absolutely obsessed with making green smoothies. Juicing is really popular out here in L.A., but I prefer smoothies because they retain all the fiber (among other good things) from the whole plant, so they actually do a pretty decent job of filling you up! I try to have one a day, usually for breakfast or lunch, but sometimes (like tonight) they end up as dinner. The real bonus for me is that they are extremely easy to make! You just take whatever produce you have lying around the house, toss it in a blender, and BAM! Dinner is served!
I have started to cook healthy food. The act alone of preparing it is really calming. It slows my day down and lets me be a little more mindful. Italy has a whole culture around slowing down, that started with the Slow Food movement: http://www.slowfood.com/
I had a friend over recently and making a meal for her was so nice. Kale avocado salad, spiced beef, and golden mashed potatoes. (we also took time out to give ourselves facials-- a nice self-care type of deal).
I cook my lunches and dinner at-least 5 days a week , spending 2 hours everyday in my kitchen. I enjoy cooking. it makes me feel so good and saves me lot of money and I eat healthy. I think i have inherited cooking from my mom and grand-mom who cooked for our family their entire life. I also love to share and entertain my friends with my homemade food :).
Cooking healthy homemade meals is my favorite. I had a childhood of healthy meals - always a protein, a veggie and a starch. Starches don't sit with me as well these, so I've cut them out. Completely. Well, as much as possible. Okay, I eat carbs, but not for dinner! In any case, check out my beef stir-fry. It has all the best veggies - brussel sprouts, carrots, onions, zucchini, yellow squash. It even has grapes! For the wine, of course. Because that's supposed to be healthy for you as well?
My diet is what I like to call "particular". I'm a former vegetarian with several food sensitivities. I'm not a strict anything but I have a lot of preferences (organic; antibiotic-free, hormone free meats; wheat-free when possible; dairy-free when possible, etc.). Eating out usually means I have to give up one or more of those. So I love cooking meals at home because it ensures that they are not only healthy, but have exactly the ingredients I want in them. I can swap out flour tortillas for gluten-free corn. Or ensure the meat I eat is of high-quality. Or make that creamy soup with soy creamer instead of dairy. Or enjoy wheat-free waffles. You get the idea. Here are a few of my recent creations.
Put together a nice dinner salad - some greens with dressing made with lemon and olive oil. One of GOOD's founders was in town and we had a nice time eating good food and catching up on life and family and work. Was a great evening.
One of the reasons why I love living so close to work is that I get to run home every now and then to make myself a healthy (and tasty!) lunch. PS. The basil is from a plant my roommate and I are growing in our kitchen!