Three easy recipes that feel like self-love

Cooking is the best form of active meditation. In the age of YouTube tutorials, it’s easy to learn. And you’re actually creating something, which is fulfilling in itself. 

I used to hate cooking. I used to Google even how to boil pasta (I couldn’t remember how many minutes it was supposed to be boiling!) I used to eat exclusively in restaurants or take-outs. 

Now I love cooking. I love the whole process: going into the grocery shop, picking food I like, then coming back and arranging it all in my fridge. When the time comes, I would take it all out and cook something simple and tasty. Like guacamole. Or hummus. Or pasta. The key is to keep it simple. 

Here are my three go-to recipes that anyone can cook. The whole process: from picking the right groceries to cooking to eating feels like self-love. (No wonder this food is called ‘comfort food’!) 

1. Pasta. 

Ingredients: spaghetti, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, basil, olive oil, cherry tomatoes, Maasdam cheese (the one with big holes) 

Boil pasta for 7 minutes (al dente) in salted water. Rinse, pour out the water, and put the pasta back on low heat. Pour a generous gulp of olive oil. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, and basil. Cut cherry tomatoes in half and throw them in. Rub some Maasdam cheese (err on the side of incaution). As an option, add a few drops of lemon juice for additional taste. Put the lid on and leave the whole thing for a few minutes. Serve with more olive oil and pepper. Voila!

2. Hummus. 

Ingredients: two cans of chickpeas (800g), cumin, salt, pepper, olive oil, 2-3 garlic cloves, 1-2 lemons, tahini (optional). 

Take out chickpeas out of the can and put them in a blender. Leave a few for garnish. Also, leave the water from the can for later. Add garlic, a pinch of cumin, salt, pepper, and squeeze one or two fresh lemons. As an option, you can add 2-3 sun-dried tomatoes. Feel free to add a massive scoop of tahini but remember that great hummus can be whatever you want it to be. Pour a few gulps of olive oil. Blend everything together. If the blender gets stuck, add some water from the chickpea can for texture. Serve with paprika, more olive oil, and chickpeas on top as garnish. 

3. Guacamole. (My personal favorite!) 

Ingredients: four avocados, half a lime, cumin, salt. 

Cut avocados in half and put them inside the blender. Add a generous pinch of salt and cumin for taste, and squeeze half a lime (make sure that the seeds don’t get inside the blender!). Blend it all together until you get the perfect substance and serve it with tortilla chips. 

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