I think a common misconception with wholesome food, diets and sometimes within the whole30 is that the food is bland and is supposed to taste "healthy." But why does healthy have such a boring connotation? Yes, there are days when I go for something quick and don’t prepare the most amazing flavor. Yes, you do have to get more creative because you can’t throw in already prepared sugary sauces. But there are so many options to flavor food in a way that no one would expect that it is healthy or diet food. From my experience with Whole30 and bettering my relationship with food, I now crave nutritious and more flavorful food!
I love everything spicy and I hardly go for making sauces or meals sweet. But this week I found no sugar added real orange juice (big deal for us in Zambia) so I’m trying to incorporate it into meals. As I was sautéing all the veggies and chorizo together, I splashed in some orange juice and fresh lime juice. It needed to thicken up so I added in tomato paste and extra red pepper flakes. This combination along with the garlic, onion and additional spice from the chorizo really stepped up this simple skillet!
1 chorizo sausage from spar, sliced up
1 cup of onions, thinly sliced
1 cup of carrots, shredded
3 cups of spinach, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
Red pepper flakes, Salt, Pepper according to spice and taste
Olive oil (optional)
Sauté onions in water or oil. Add in the carrots. Add in the chorizo and minced garlic. Add in all the seasonings, tomato paste and juice. Let simmer until the onions and carrots are tender and the flavors are well combined. Add in the spinach and let it sauté for a few minutes until it is wilted down and mixed in.
(Slowly add in each ingredient, I give about 3 minutes between each ingredient. Adding in everything at the same time besides the spinach could work as well.)