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Introducing Food for Soul. Simple, healthy and comforting recipes for the busy foodie

Introducing Food for Soul, a food and cooking column, for foodies who are looking for simple and easy-to-cook recipes that are also nutritious, delicious, and kind to our overall health.

I’m not much of a cook. However, I do enjoy a nice, delicious food that also makes me feel less guilty about having an appetite, one that is healthy enough for both the body and my peace of mind.

Although I don’t usually spend a lot of time in the kitchen, whenever I choose to cook something or experiment with ingredients and tastes, I happen to have a great time. Bonus: the food doesn’t taste bad at all – as a matter of fact, it ends up quite delicious. Shockers, I know.

So yes, my relationship with food is quite complicated. It ranges from “I love eating delicious – preferably healthy – food, but can someone else make it?” to actually spending hours prepping my ingredients like in a Jamie Oliver tutorial, getting all floured up and whisking to the sound of my latest vibe, improvising a recipe like a rebel without a wifi bandwidth.

Still, like many others who struggle with this kind of inconsistency in the cooking department, I do want to set the habit of making my own meals every day, eating food that satisfies both my cravings and my nutritional needs. It’s all about balance, in the end, right?

Savoring both the process and the food

By becoming aware of my need to harmonize my relationship with food is how “Food for Soul” started. As a part of this conscious and creative journey, I know that eating healthy and mindfully can only improve our overall well-being, physically and mentally. While it is good for our bodies to eat more home-cooked meals, it can also be a meditative process, if we make it less of a burden and more of an easygoing and pleasant activity. 

That is why I asked for reinforcements from my good friend, Ildiko Csiki, who is very passionate about cooking and exploring the world through different flavors. Together, we’ll bring you various food recipes, while also encouraging you to take the time to savor the food you’re making.

Simple plant-based food recipes

What we’ll be sharing in the Food for Soul column are recipes of comfort – yet health-conscious – food, for when you just want to enjoy a scrumptious meal, snack or appetizer, without stressing over a difficult and lengthy cooking process. 

The recipes are curated by our passionate cooking partner, Ildi, picked from international chefs, cooking bloggers, and other cooking aficionados – tastes and food stories that she has previously explored in her kitchen.

All recipes presented on Food for Soul are plant-based [vegan or vegetarian].

This could also be a chance for you to connect with the food you’re making, with the whole experience – from preparation to indulging -, consciously and intentionally, understanding the purpose of the ingredients and their health benefits, and truly enjoying the taste of a meal.

Here is your first Food for Soul recommendation:

Crunchy Homemade Granola
A simple, healthy, nutritious homemade granola recipe, done in under 30 minutes.
Check out this recipe
bowl of homemade granola

If you try this recipe, we’d love to get your feedback and/or see your photos. Tag us in your stories on Instagram (@laureljournal) and let’s have breakfast together! <3

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