January is a big month for making resolutions. Most require us to quit something we find pleasurable. The increasingly popular Veganuary campaign admonishes you to stop eating animal products. Similarly, Dry January demands that you stop drinking alcohol.
This approach has never worked for me. As soon as someone tells me, “don’t eat that!” I crave it even more. Now that we’re a few weeks into 2024, I bet more than a few Veganuary and Dry January participants are chiding themselves for not sticking with their admirable resolutions.
Don’t Restrict, Expand Your Meal Choices
When it comes to eating (I’ll leave alcohol issues to the professionals), I’m here to say: Don’t Restrict Your Food Repertoire — Expand It! Replacing that chicken or burger with plant-based foods like vegetables, grains, pasta, and beans will open up a new world of sumptuous possibilities.
The secret is in the sauce…and texture.
Resolve in 2024 to experiment with new flavors. Resolve to discover a new spice you won’t be able to live without. Resolve to explore the Asian and Mexican food sections of your supermarket — because this is where the most magnificent ingredients for sauces hang out. Resolve to make at least one of these simple, saucy suppers: