Thursday, January 20, 2011

Whole Grains

Yesterday during lunch with one of my friends, she mentioned that she was attempting to transition to using all natural household and body cleaning products.  At one point she mentioned that it was her goal to have it mostly figured out by the end of 2011.  It was then that I had an ah-ha moment.

I have been wanting to switch to using mostly whole grain our diet for about a year now.  What typically happens is this:  I buy a bunch of whole grain products and try to use them all at once.  Inevitably, I end up confused, burned out, and back to where I started feeling a bit defeated.  When my friend mentioned that she wanted to meet her goal by the end of 2011, I realized that I don't have to switch to eating strictly whole grains all at once.  It could (and likely should) be a gradual process to learn what my husband and I like, what we don't like, and how to actually use them in our day to day diet.  I could have a goal to get there by the end of 2011.  What a relief!  On a similar note, I would also like to make peace with beans. I usually don't like beans of any kinds, but they're so good for you and I really would like to enjoy eating them.

In honor of my desire to transition to more whole grains and beans, I made myself a quinoa and chickpea concoction.


I think the spices needed a little adjusting, but all in all, I'd say it was a success!  Yay!

4 comments:

sweetlittleknits said...

There's a cookbook we LOVE called Feeding the Whole Family. It has a recipe for a quinoa and bean stew that is awesome (along with lots of others!). It's definitely worth checking out from the library.

Leslie said...

this concotion looks good...i love chickpeas. i have had quinoa once i think but i am not opposed

Sunshine said...

Good on you! Gradual is a good way to go - it's how everything ends up going eventually, it seems (except revolutions...) I've never tried quinoa...

seth said...

Gradual changes stick.

And Quinoa is one of my favorite whole grains. I like it much better than rice.