Welcome to Busy Women Mealtime Makeover! Whether you are one of the lovely busy ladies participating in the makeover or just interested in taking your meals up a notch – girl, do I have some rockin’ recipes for you! From now until March 2nd, I’ll be featuring twelve new delicious makeover-friendly recipes. These recipes are from other busy women like me and you! This week, we are focusing on eating more dark, leafy greens. (And if you want to join in and get the entire makeover PDF complete with meal plans, shopping lists and recipes, videos and photos of me cooking for added support, weekly emails with additional recipes and kitchen tips and tricks and access to our online forum, you can totally start a few days late – click here and sign up!)
My friend Lisa is a total rock star. After the holidays, I did her Winter Renewal: 10 Day Detox. Yes, I too had way too many cookies and casseroles so her cleanse was exactly what I needed. She is running it again in a few weeks. It starts on February 20th. Check it out, girl! Even better, here is a VIP link. Oh yeah!
Lisa, you are busy, right? How do you get a decent, healthy meal on the table?
Hell yes, I’m busy. To get a meal on the table, I luckily enlisted my husband. I put out all the ingredients and the recipe, and he gets to it. So helpful especially if I’m doing a presentation at night or I have clients. I also make sure to plan on Sundays. I plan for at least 3 dinners. That way I have left overs and don’t have to stress as much.
Why do you make healthy, real food a priority in your life?
As a health coach, I guess I’m all about having healthy food around. I see how it can really transform others, including myself and my family. Trying to stick to the Michael Pollan saying “Don’t eat food with barcodes.” is so helpful. It reminds me to grab something that is whole and real.
What is your favorite thing to make when it is cold outside?
My favorite thing to make when it’s cold outside is chili. Yep, in a nice crockpot cooking all day, especially during football season.
What is that one thing that busy people can do this winter to eat a little healthier?
Busy ladies can invest in some good homemade soup recipes (Betsy’s!) so you can throw in all the ingredients in a slow-cooker and let go. After a few hours, you have delicious, warm, and soulful food waiting for you.
What is your favorite gadget in the kitchen?
My ceramic knife! Hands down! I love it...cutting veggies, prepping is a breeze with my favorite toy.
½ medium onion (yellow preferred)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
2 carrots, chopped or cut in rounds (about 2 cups)
1 bunch of collard greens (about 3 leaves), stems removed (chop into bite-size pieces)
3 cups cooked black-eyed peas (2 15 oz. cans, drain, and rinse)
1 Tbs. chopped fresh oregano (or use dried)
3 cups of vegetable broth
1 Tbs. of apple cider vinegar
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
In a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil for 3 minutes. Add carrots and sauté for 2 minutes.
Add chopped collard greens into pot along with black-eyed peas and oregano.
Add vegetable broth, bring to boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes. Stir in apple cider vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Remove from heat and serve. Serves 2.
Lisa Consiglio Ryan is a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach for women who want to embrace “clean” living. Areas of expertise include detox programs, and special diets such as vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Services include private consulting and group seminars. Lisa is also developing her own line of raw juices.
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