Karen Jones | 1/6/2015 4:08:53 AM
According to Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of the book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, gratitude is one of the first principles of simple abundance.
She says, “At the heart of Simple Abundance is an authentic awakening, one that resonates within your soul: all you have is all you need to be genuinely happy. All you need is the awareness of how much you really have and then give thanks."
January is a perfect time to reflect on this statement. Simple abundance can be carried into the way we take care of our health as well.
So, begin again:
Eat Simply: Leave the sauce behind to save calories and fat.
Snack Simply: Nuts and fruit, fresh and dried, make light, easy snacks.
Shop Simply: Choose more locally grown foods and plant based foods for a fresh, tastier meal.
Prepare Simply: Use recipes with a few ingredients – make a 5 vegetable soup or a 5 fruit salad.
Savor Simply: Eat slowly and enjoy every bite.
Drink Simply: Include water with 2 tablespoons unsweetened fruit juice.
Smile Simply: Be grateful for everything you have and everything you will accomplish in 2015.
Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the leeks, garlic, and a pinch of salt and sweat until they begin to soften, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Add the carrots, potatoes, and green beans and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the stock, increase the heat to high, and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add the tomatoes, corn kernels, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the vegetables are fork tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add the parsley and lemon juice. Season to taste with kosher salt. Serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2004