I was just thinking about this the other day and what instigated this thought process is some close calls of health challenges for people I know and cherish. I feel that there is a lot of power in prevention, however, quite often it seems to me that there is more emphasis on cure rather than prevention. Why is that?
Is it because we know that medical science has come a long way and we can rely on treatments when needed as a crutch, so we don’t have to be mindful or responsible for taking action? or is it because in the life full of “busy-ness” (don’t even know if this is a word:)) which we have created for ourselves there are better things to think about and invest in, than our own health and quality of life?
Whatever the answer may be, I do feel that we have an immense responsibility to ensure that we are focusing on prevention and making good choices when it comes down to our health. Don’t get me wrong, medication and treatment are absolutely essential when something unfortunate happens, however, a lot can be mitigated by taking a few small steps every day.
On this note, here is a very healthy, easy, and flavorful recipe for today:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 4-inch cinnamon stick
2 green cardamoms
2 whole cloves
1 red pepper, chopped
1 8 oz can garbanzo beans
2 cups couscous
1 teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups warm water
1 jalapeno pepper, sliced with seeds (optional if you like it hot!)
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the whole spices, add red pepper and garbanzo beans. Sauté everything. Add Couscous. Add the ground spices. Add warm water. Switch off the heat once everything comes to a boil and cover the pan. Set aside for 12-15 minutes. Sprinkle cilantro on top and serve warm as a side with any entree.