Regarding the rabbit food of my childhood and adolescence, I enjoyed it and looked forward to everything my mum cooked. A warm bowl of brown rice with nondairy milk, vanilla, nuts, fruit and a small drizzle of maple syrup was my favorite breakfast, and mum’s homemade humous and veggie sticks for when friends came over.
I dug this life growing up, but it was definitely laced with moments of burying my head in my palm with a flushed face. My crimson cheeks mainly happened during lunchtime at school – I was the weirdo with veggies, fruit, whole wheat almond butter sandwiches and water, whereas the cool kids ate Dairy Lea Lunchables, Cheese strings, Penguin bars and Capri suns to wash it all down.
Here’s the thing about having health freak parents though – healthy food has been a pillar of their lifestyle for the past 40 years. And when healthy eating is a lifestyle, it’s maintained for the long haul. It’s not a diet. It’s not a flash in the pan. It’s not a phase. It’s part of your life, seamlessly woven in, just like sleep and laughter.
I was reminded of this last week when I was over at my parents house. Mum and Dad’s fridge was stocked with yummy plant based food, ready for us to nosh on. Organic veggies green smoothies, sprouted bread, almond butter, tons of fruit, dark leafy greens, lots of cruciferous veggies, kombucha, saurkraut – everything a plant based eater could ask for.
And this wasn’t because I was over. This is how Mum’s fridge and kitchen works on a daily basis and has since I was born.
Their food has remained the same my entire life. And for this, I would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart.
When most people my age are driving their parents to and from doctor appointments, hospitals and pharmacies, it is a sign that something is fundamentally wrong with the way they are living their lives.
They should be vibrant, enjoying life, cycling on bikes, playing golf, exploring new restaurants, dancing, planning holidays, living and loving life!
The fact that my parents do this fills me with gratitude and joy because I see how vibrant, full of life and happy my parents are. And that’s exactly what we want for the people we love. We want them healthy and happy.
Simple as that.
Anyway, on to today’s delicious nutrient dense recipe…
Large handful of savoy cabbage finely sliced
1/2 head broccoli chopped in to small bits
1 sweet potato chopped in to small chunks
1/2 onion chopped in to small chunks
1 clove garlic chopped
Sesame seeds (optional)
Heat the coconut oil in a pan, add the onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the cabbage, followed by sweet potato and broccoli. Saute until all veggies have wilted and become soft. I sometimes add a little water to the pan to stop it from sticking.
Once the vegetables are nearly cooked. Heat a small pan with boiling water, add your egg and poach it until cooked to your liking. Alternatively, fry your egg in a little coconut oil.
Pile the veggies on a plate and top with the egg and sesame seeds. I like to add a drizzle of sesame or olive oil too but you don’t need to!
This is such a quick, easy and nutritious meal after a busy day, I also eat it for breakfast too!