They say things come in “threes”, Murphy’s law, a three-ring circus, three sheets to the wind, and faith, hope and charity….I think you get the idea! Well, I have a motto of keeping your meals simple by remembering the concept of “threes”; protein, starch and vegetable. Pretty simple, right?
Growing up my Mom cooked dinner most every night, and my father once or twice a week….homegrown Italian family recipes like “pepper and egg sandwiches”, “fried bologna and ketchup over potatoes “(yes, I know….yuck), and left over “cold roast beef, red onion and vinegar with a side of rice” (maybe another yuck for you).
But with everything they cooked, there was a protein, starch and vegetable of some kind on our plate. We could have put the food on those plastic divider plates every night, but somehow it all went together!
When I think about planning my meals, especially during the week, I really do keep it simple by pairing up these three staples. For example, Roasted Chicken, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli, or Grilled Pork Loin, Baked Rice and Roasted Brussel Sprouts. I always have three seasonings on my counter: Kirkland Organic No-Salt Seasoning from Costco (a mix of 21 spices and seasonings), kosher salt and cracked black pepper. I use three main knives: a chef knife, a filet knife and a pairing knife. I keep three types of wine in the house at all times: Prosecco (white sparkling wine), Rose, and a Red (typically a Cabernet Sauvignon).
So, as we continue this journey together, as we remember this concept of threes, don’t just think about it for our meals and accessories. Think about it with most everything you do, like when you’re in a meeting at work, and you’re trying to make it productive and a success, what are the three major points you want to get across? When you are planning for your week, what are the top three things you want to accomplish that are key to your personal and professional life? And as you start each day, what are the three key beliefs you recite before your day gets going? Mine are gratitude for all that I have, love for everyone I am surrounded by, and remembering the joy and happiness in my life. What are the three most important things in your life? Keep them in mind when you may feel stressed or rushed as you prepare a meal for your family. It will automatically put a smile on your face! I guarantee it!
Let’s Get Cookin’!