Living simply is the latest trend.
Everyone is talking about it. I read a ton of blogs and so many of them reveal a desire to cook and eat a simple diet, or adopt a more simple lifestyle. I read some that even go to an extreme of minimalism which my husband and I are on a journey to adopt as well.
We live in such a busy world where it seems that families rarely sit at the dinner table because they are too busy running from work to all the different sports and activities that their kids are involved in.
I don’t like it.
I try to rebel against that lifestyle, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
But that is what is so great about summer. Yes we are busy traveling a lot, but for the most part in the day to day, the days are long and there isn’t much planned. I prepare a very simple structure for my boys to make sure they are keeping up with their school skills, getting their much coveted “screen time” and being sure to give them a lot of space to just be imaginative and play. All of that weaved in and out of the hours we spend at the pool.
And then there is me. This year having my own garden and having the summer off, has allowed me to just slow down and be. Sometimes I fight it for some reason and think I need to plan my day and make sure I am doing. something. every. second. I have to purposely stop myself from this thinking and just sit down on the couch with a great book after spending some time weeding my garden. Or stopping what I am doing to read a book with my boys.
When I do these things, I am most happy.
When it comes to cooking, I get in these phases where I think everything has to be really spectacular to put on this blog or to talk about. The truth be told though, I love simple eats. To me, there is nothing better than a pot of lentils, a fresh baked loaf of bread, or tomatoes and avocado on toast.
So here it is. The perfect simple lunch that is extremely healthy and is just one of the many ways I plan to utilize the harvest that is starting to burst from my garden. Please forgive this picture. Its not the one I wanted to use, but I accidentally deleted my “perfect” one. Oh well.
I used Ezekiel bread, spread a thin layer of Vegenaise, a few basil leaves from the garden, avocado slices, heirloom tomato slices and sprouts. Be sure to sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and ground black pepper to heighten the flavor of the tomatoes. Wow are those tomatoes ever delicious.
Grab your sandwich, a good book and enjoy the simple things that summer brings.
What are your favorite simple meals? Are you doing anything creative to live a more simple lifestyle?