Bless me readers, for I have gone awol, it’s been 4 months since my last blog. I don’t have any legitimate excuses other than laziness and well, laziness. I’ve been creating WFPB meals, eating well and even photographing my plates but I just couldn’t make myself blog about it. I guess that’s the beauty of a personal blog that only a few people read. There’s no real pressure for me to create content.
That confession being said, here’s my real life meal plan in the new reality that is the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m using more non-perishable and frozen foods when I run out of fresh produce. My new mantra is, “It can wait.” I don’t run to the store every time I get the urge to buy an exotic ingredient or the perfect vegetable. Frozen spinach is fine in a lasagna. Canned corn can easily be added to stews and chilies. Frozen berries are apparently higher in antioxidants, so use them.
I’m buying fruits and vegetable that will last longer than a week so I can space out my trips to the grocery store. Apples, carrots, celery, potatoes, beets, bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans and Brussels sprouts will last 7-14 days in the refrigerator. Greens, pears, lettuce, fresh berries, and melons should be eaten first because they don’t last as long.
Pineapple Fried Rice and Tofu Bowls I served this in a bowl with sautéed purple cabbage and chopped carrot. Mix the cabbage and carrots with a dash of sesame oil, soy sauce and siracha and microwave for 2 minutes.
Please don’t give up on healthy habits just because you are self-isolating. There does appear to be a survival advantage in Covid patients that have healthy lifestyles with strong lungs and hearts. The only thing our frontline healthcare providers are asking of us is to stay home and stay healthy. Stock up on non-perishable foods like whole grains and legumes for quick nutritious meals. Add in canned and frozen produce as necessary until you’re able to shop again.
Stay home and wear a mask if you have to go out.
This could be my son who is staffing a Covid ICU on the East Coast. Do it for him, give them a fighting chance. Every one of us is on the frontline now and healthcare professionals are our last defense.