Sunday dinner. I've been a self imposed hermit since I returned home on 12/23 from burying my brother.
It's a good idea to stock up on long keepers like potatoes, carrots, onions, rice, whole grains, beans, etc. during the winter months. I freeze everything that comes in for 48 hours then pour into sterile glass jars for sanitary keeping. My nuts and seeds are stored in glass jars in the freezer so they don't go rancid.
It's been very cold in the NE of the USA. Blizzard conditions, and minus temperatures that can cause frost bite within 5 minutes.
Making simple hot soups with just water and veggies can be the best foods you can eat during winter. Our bodies need plenty of water in winter as the cold can cause dehydration. This is economical, warming, satiating, and healthy. I've added fennel, potato, carrot, onion, white turnip, parsnip, garlic, celery, cumin seed, fresh herbs growing in the window such as cilantro, basil, oregano, thyme. There's plenty more for the next few days so I can continue working on my huge basement project that was interrupted due to my brother's sudden death. I'd hoped to finish it by the end of the year. I can only do the best that I can and pace myself now.
Soaking old fashioned oats overnight to release the phytic acid in the grains helps aid in digestion of this economical, healthy food choice. And its cheap if you buy the 3 lb. container.
I've soaked raw almonds in the oats overnight in half water and half milk.
After the oatmeal cooked this morning on the stove top for 5 minutes - stirring constantly, I freshly ground up in my coffee grinder 1 tablespoon golden flaxseed, 10 whole cardamom seeds, and added to the oatmeal after it was cooked. Further I added 1/2 teaspoon raw sesame seed and hemp seed. No sugar added. No syrups. By eating this unsweetened, it will give me energy this morning without a crash.
IMHO this is excellent food and menu choosing.
TRACKING IS VERY IMPORTANT to get an idea of what you are ingesting.