A few of my friends have tried joining the paleo bandwagon but find it too difficult to find healthy substitutes for pasta or rice or beans. With work and family and friends and kids to juggle, they say that they don’t have the time to think about paleo options sometimes. So one thing I suggest to them that’s easy to remember is to Taste the Rainbow. (And no – I don’t mean skittles.) I mean to add as much natural colors on your plate as possible. Replace grains with greens!!
If you notice – most refined carbs and processed foods are shades of a light brown color. From cereals to pastas – all have that khaki color which is a sign to me that they are processed. So whether its delicious new seasonal fruits or fresh summer vegetables, you can always add something quick and easy to your plate for every meal. One of my favorite go-to vegetable sides is sauteed spinach. This cooks up in less than five minutes, is low in calories, but high in vitamins and minerals. If we all listened to Popeye – we would be better off…
4 oz spinach
1 teaspoon sesame oil
salt and pepper (to taste)
In a saute pan, heat the sesame oil over high heat until very hot. Add the spinach and cook, stirring for a few minutes. The spinach should turn a deep green and dramatically wilt. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, stir a few more times and voila! Sauteed spinach. Best served immediately.
This recipe is very versatile – add garlic or shallots if you’d like. Take out the sesame oil and use extra virgin olive oil instead. Just eat your spinach!