like many of you, beginning last year I started to pay more attention to what I eat, how I eat it and what sort of impact my habits have on our planet. There were several factors that contributed to this, although I have to admit, I had a rather slow awakening which has now picked up a new pace. I have a deep love of nature which I dearly miss living in the city. I have been more and more aware of the dirtiness and pollution around  me and now cannot stop noticing it. Has the same happened to you? Last year, I also watched several documentaries that influenced the way I think about food, water  and our environment, such as Food Inc. and Tapped. I have also fell in love with some very inspiring blogs and the people behind them, in particular, 101cookbooks by Heidi Swanson.

It must be the way she writes and the love she puts in her cooking that totally encouraged me to enter her world and try to simply cook and eat better, experiment with different ingredients and create new dishes. I’m not a vegetarian however at home I started to severely limit the amount of meat I eat, replacing it with fish and more often just a veggie meal.  I started to put more emphasis on where the products I buy comes from, how fresh they are, how was it grown and I more often go for the organic kind. Easy to say and harder to do as this definitely takes more time and often more money so companies  like Riverford (UK) and Urban Organic (NYC), are excellent an way of saving both. That’s why I was so excited to hear about Or Gani farm, that does this here in Israel.  Every Wednesday I receive a box of veggies and fruits and I can’t tell you what a great surprise it is every week. 
There are often veggies that I would never think of buying myself  and don’t even know what they are and what to cook with them so this really forces me to go beyond my regular habits and try new things.  This week it’s swiss chard. It only took few minutes of browsing the 101cookbooks to pick this Lively Up Yourself Lentil Soup Recipe.