“The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question ‘How can we eat?’ the second by the question ‘Why do we eat?’ and the third by the question ‘Where shall we have lunch?”
― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
i just know I’ll have to pick up this book one day. the title draws me in and so does this quote. interestingly, i think the mainstream is now trying to address all of these questions at once. our lives are moving faster every year. an on-the-go lifestyle is the norm these days and convenience is king. we have gotten so caught up in the whirlwind of our lives (and everyone else’s) that the basics have been forgotten! there are many blogs, television programs, magazine features, books and other media dedicated to “re-teaching” people how, when, and where to eat. so I will not use this space for that. but i had to share lunch, of course.
lunchtime is easily becoming my favorite time of day. it’s usually a time to retreat home after a morning of work or unpack something delicious i bring to my workplace. i rarely grab lunch to go or eat out for this meal. at home, i’m usually quite romantic about the whole thing: preparing something simple with leftover ingredients that I love and sitting down to a nice long, quiet lunch. sometimes i read a book over lunch but mostly, i pay attention to every bite (not very hard with lunch pictured above.) this dish is one of my absolute favorites and gives me freedom to mix up ingredients every time i make it.
Stuffed Harvest Sweet Potato
Bake or steam a sweet potato and fill with sautéed greens (in olive or sesame oil) warmed chickpeas and diced tomatoes. Top with sliced avocado. Add a dash of cumin, pinch of salt and pepper.
How: gratefully + mindfully.
When: For lunch or when you are hungry.
Why: Because these ingredients are good for you and your body needs nutritious fuel for quality living.
Where: Wherever you can enjoy the act of dining, alone or with someone else.