My personal thread ended up with some food discussion about making simple one-pot meals, which I thought might be interesting for the general discussion. Do you have food habits, food rules, or food restrictions you follow for spiritual reasons or for other reasons?
Heading into Lent, which usually includes some degree of food restriction(s). I once tried not to eat cheese and couldn't do it.
Judging by the small quantity of lentil soup and rice that sufficed for lunch today the lentils and rice I have in the pantry could keep me fed til Easter. My brother in law once tried a soup diet, though (the same soup every meal), and he couldn't stick with it, especially as everyone else kept right on eating good old home-style cooking.
I'm on a low-carb/small portions diet anyway, to try to get my weight back down and avoid diabetes. After two years of limited ability to walk I got chubby and my blood sugar was starting to stay on the high side. So far so good. Aiming for a 'diet' that is permanent and sustainable, not a temporary measure. I'm fortunate to have my husband on the same team - we push each other, since he suffers from having a long work day sitting at a desk.
Anyway, this was the soup I made:
The little rounder French brown lentils - about a teacup worth
2 carrots, cut into little cubes
one onion, cut in half and peeled
a generous teaspoon of bouillon powder (i'd have used 1 cube plus some salt to taste if using cubes)
1 normal tomato, cut in 6 pieces
water to cover well
a generous teaspoon of olive oil
Cover and boil gently for at least an hour, checking and giving a stir every 15 minutes.
Meditating on a full stomach is almost impossible for me, so I try not to eat lots of food at a sitting. That's really difficult, though. I tend to be a rapid eater. My wife is constantly telling me to slow down while I eat. She's right, too.