Recipes for the Joy In Life Cookbook

Recipes for the Joy In Life Cookbook

By Robert S. Swiatek

When children leave their parental home to go out into the world, they are faced with quite a few decisions regarding their new life. A choice they don’t have is about eating. Just like you and me, they must eat to live!

There are quite a few people who live to eat, but that will not concern us here.

In feeding oneself, you have one of three choices:

1. You can go to restaurants (anything from fast food to fine dining.)

2. You can have someone cook a meal for you (a relative or friend.)

3. You can cook something for yourself.

Restaurants are a great pleasure, but only if the food is good. Eating fast food on occasion is fine; I have done it more than once in the past. Fine restaurants still don’t guarantee healthy dining all the time.

Also, if you eat out a lot, you will eventually get tired of it. Unless you live in a large city like Chicago, New York or Los Angeles, the variety of eating establishments will be limited. You will quickly find that your bankroll is limited as well. This is even more so when times are tough, such as the recessions that we experience from time to time.

Another consideration about restaurants is that the food is not always as good as we expected. Oh, the food may have been good, but we may have hoped it would be better, considering the money we spent.

Think of all the occasions when you were slightly disappointed with your meal. I won’t even mention those times when the service was lousy.

If we let someone else do the cooking all the time, it’s a good way to lose friends. It may be a fine approach to eliminate some unwanted family members, but not recommended. By the way, a spouse falls within the category of friends and relatives.

If your spouse is not that good a cook, it’s even more imperative for you to be one. If that person lacks culinary skills, it would behoove you to do some cooking and be good at it. It will only strengthen the relationship. Your mate may then be reluctant to say goodbye to you and your good cooking!

There must be some truth to the statement, “the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach.”

It looks as though the third choice is inevitable. You won’t stop going out to restaurants if you can afford it. Besides, it’s good to get out of the house. In addition, you can go over to have some of mom’s cooking every so often and you shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to share a meal at the home of a friend or relative. It’s just that learning to cook is a requisite.

If cooking seems like such drudgery, how can we make it more palatable? That pun was intended. Four things will do that, namely the food should taste very good, the cost should be small, the food should be good for you and the preparation should be minimal. I don’t think anyone will disagree on these points.

Two other minor points are to be made. First, you are not embarking on a diet. Second, food that is good for you doesn’t necessarily imply so called “health foods.”

Regarding this last statement, someone wrote a letter a while ago to a food magazine asking for cookie recipes that were made without egg yolks, sugar, salt, butter and margarine. Didn’t she want flour omitted too? Anyway, she can eat those cookies; I certainly won’t.

What will it take to be a good cook? First of all, you have to accept the fact that you will not become one overnight. It will take time to develop those skills.

So, start small and work at it. There will be failures, so you have to be willing to adapt. If something doesn’t work out to your satisfaction, there are two things you can do about it; you can figure out what went wrong and make appropriate changes so that the next time the result will be a masterpiece. The other option is not to try the recipe again. Who needs the aggravation?

The “Recipes for the Joy of Life” cookbook by Robert S. Swiatek includes a variety of vegetarian recipes that cater to those who prefer plant-based options. Here are some delightful vegetarian dishes you can find in the cookbook:

  1. Vegetarian Soups: Explore hearty and flavorful soups made with vegetables, legumes, and aromatic herbs.
  2. Mouthwatering Salads: Discover creative salad combinations using fresh greens, fruits, nuts, and dressings.
  3. Savory Vegetable Stir-Fries: Whip up quick and nutritious stir-fried dishes with an array of colorful veggies.
  4. Homemade Bread and Spreads: Learn to bake delicious bread and pair it with vegetarian spreads like hummus or pesto.
  5. Eggplant Parmesan: A classic Italian dish featuring layers of eggplant, marinara sauce, and melted cheese.
  6. Stuffed Bell Peppers: Fill bell peppers with a savory mixture of rice, beans, and spices.
  7. Mushroom Risotto: Creamy Arborio rice cooked with flavorful mushrooms and vegetable broth.
  8. Zucchini Noodles with Pesto: A light and refreshing alternative to pasta, using spiralized zucchini.
  9. Vegetarian Paella: A Spanish rice dish loaded with saffron, vegetables, and sometimes beans.
  10. Fruit-Based Desserts: Enjoy sweet treats like fruit salads, fruit tarts, or baked apples.

Remember to adapt any non-vegetarian recipes by substituting ingredients to make them suitable for your preferences. Happy cooking! 🌱🍽️




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