But, I live in modern times. That means I juggle a legal practice, parenting, a spouse's career (which currently involves growing his own business), aging parents, pets, a house, and on and on. Predictability is great, but the scope of my meals was too great. My kids are 4 and 2 -- if you've been in my shoes you know that meals can be a contest over control. So, I've taken the effort to simplify more this summer. There is still a rhythm to our meals, but the complexity has faded.
Reading a passage in the book How Georgia Became O'Keefe: Lessons in the Art of Living by Karen Karbo I was delighted to read she too had followed this path. There were no kids or a spouse to balance at the time, but the following was her meal plan most days:
- Breakfast: whole-grain bread, fruit, some kind of meat, tea;
- Midmorning snack: homemade yogurt or protein drink;
- Lunch: salad, made from whatever was ready to harvest in the garden;
-Karen Karbo, page 205.
- Dinner: Fruit and cheese
Mine is not too far off, and works well with kids. I bake a chicken on Monday, served with veggies and a grain. It reappears Tuesday with pasta, sauce, and beans. Wednesday it is still there with tortillas and soup. Other meals from that one chicken are eggs scrambled with chicken and salsa or a soup.
Simplicity, it is so freeing. How about you? What old ways have you tossed aside in order to live with less?