The One Dish Manifesto
In reality, the daily “hardcore diet”contains plenty of Real Food — meat, greens, a few root vegetables, onions, peppers, eggs, herbs, spices, maybe some dairy if you’re into that, lots of coconut, and a few nuts here and there.
During ultra-low-carb eating periods, the food I (Naomi) make for myself features lots of fat in healthy, sustaining combination with protein and vegetables. I only usually eat 2 meals a day with the occasional later-evening snack, so my lunch (meal 1) and my dinner (meal 2) have to be loaded with Everything:
- Protein (in balance with fat)
- Fat (but not too much plant fat)
- Green things like spinach and broccoli
- Red things that are not watermelon or crayons
- Yellow/orange things like peppers
- Sulfurous things like onions and garlic
- Blue things like… blueberries.
And of course, it has to taste good.
Hippies call this “eating the rainbow”, and it makes sense right up until they try to argue that tofu has a color.
But trying to get all that and a bag of kale chips onto your plate can be a preparatory challenge.
The “One Dish Nutrition” Manifesto
Tasty food that fits your macros shouldn’t take hours to prepare (unless it is done by a robot), and definitely shouldn’t take lots of effort to clean up after.
Most of all, since low carb food tends to be so satiating and most people end up eating fewer times per day, the “one dish” meal needs to be densely packed with micronutrients as well as balanced in healthy lipids with plenty of protein.
Therefore, to mitigate the insidious proliferation of what can only be described as snacks, I’ve created a new category and feature here called “One Dish Nutrition”.
Every week, in addition to the special featured recipe, I’ll post a “real food” recipe like the following Gourmet Cheeseburger Scramble. It will not be complicated or even remarkable — just Real. In addition, I have many tips and tricks lined up to help you make the most out of your meals and your time.
Here’s the first one, a scramble I make quite often, usually as a late lunch.