The basic food recipe
‘What to eat today’ may be the most frequently asked question. Indeed, the cooking niche is very rich in recipes and food kinds that would make such a question quite care-making for some individuals. Let’s suppose there is a basic food recipe that may suit most of people who may vary in their health conditions, nutritional needs and eating preferences. In order to answer this important question we need a recipe-oriented classification of food stuffs that are ordinarily included in food preparation ‘cooking’. Such classification would rely on the energy content and the serving type of the food items:
1- Basic recipe items, wheat and rice
2- Pot-cooked plants: potatoes, zucchini, aubergine, etc.
3- Salad and flavor plants: tomatoes, herbs, onion, garlic etc.
4- Oils: olive, maize etc.
5- Animal food: milk, cheese, meat, eggs and fish
I suggest a basic food recipe as follows:
Poached (boiled) rice, poached vegetables, tomato salad with one lemon and one flavoring herb like green thyme, and 100 g meat (optional).
1- Because such a ‘basic food recipe’ can be not always affordable besides the need to take other kinds of foods like milk and vegetable oils, it may be put once or twice in the weekly food time table.
2- Always cook the meat (or chicken) in a separate pot. Don’t cook or add it to the poached vegetables. The later should be always true vegetarian to pass all individuals and all day time.
3- Avoid adding any sort of dried flavorings including table salt that may be health-wise not suitable for some individuals. Instead, we can depend on a fresh lemon or some green tasty and healthy plant like thyme for example (Don’t exceed the amount you need because such food herbs can be dose-linked in their action).
4- Don’t use more than one kind of flavoring plants in one pot-cooking, e.g. onion and garlic together, this would be either not tasty or embarrassing for your digestion.
5- Drink the normal water shortly before your meal in order to avoid immediate water drinking after you are done.
6- When you serve your own dish (or have it served for you) make sure you have somewhat less than what you usually eat. Because in case you think you need a bit more after you finish your first serving (a common occurrence), you may leave your place or ask the host for an additional small serving (rice, vegetable, etc.). This scenario would usually end up with better appetite and maybe less overall eating for those who cannot help overeating.
7- Avoid having a dessert after your basic food recipe. You can instead have a fresh (not chilled and sugarless) juice.
8- Eat slowly.
9- When possible eat while being seated.
10- “Make your food your medicine”.
Recipe steps in pictures: