Pretty Impractical: The Internet’s Dressed up Food & A 6 min Meal Idea.

Do you ever find yourself scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest looking at healthy food posts for hours looking for inspiration?…. Just me?

Ok but do you find yourself looking at food ideas and skipping past ones that look super fancy, like a lot of work, or just not practical?

I know that sometimes I feel like recipe ideas or food posts are made specifically for people who already know a lot about food and how to cook, or assume you have all the time in the world to make dishes so healthy and look so delicious. What about people whoes culinary expertise ends at boiling pasta? Or people who just want ideas for how to incorporate healthy to their plates that’s not boring, but also not an hours worth of hanging out in the kitchen?

To that I want to say. Don’t be fooled by dressed up food, sometimes what you see is just a simple meal in fancy clothes. Pretty does not mean impractical! (OK sometimes it does…)

For example, grain bowls… buddha bowls… whatever you might call them (I call them lots’a’stuff bowls… because usually I can’t remember what they’re called…), are really big right now. They aaalllwwaaayysss look so fancy and intricate, when really, they’re a great easy way to get a lot of nutrients into a meal (and can also make for easy meal prep if you wanted to get all the components ready ahead of time to store in your fridge).

From beginning to time-to-take-a-photo, this took me 6 minutes (I DID have my quinoa already cooked, when I had batch cooked some a couple days prior, so just a baby cheat).


So first I gathered my goodies from the fridge. Here I grabbed my pre-cooked quinoa, my mushrooms, my already opened/drained and rinsed can of black beans (OK one more tiny baby cheat), avocado, and my tomato. Throughout my throwing together I also wrangled up my green onions, olive oil (extra virgin), vinegar (white wine), black sesame seeds and salt & pepper!



I cut up just a bit of bits of everything, threw them into my bowl with the quinoa at its base, drizzled some olive oil and white wine vinegar on it all and sprinkled with salt & pepper!

Then I cleaned. No joke this was part of my time. Although, having said that, it was mostly just putting things back into cupboards, back into their baggies into the fridge and throwing… or gently placing… the dirty dishes into the sink. All of which took maybe a minute or two.

AAAANNNDDD THHEEENNN after my 6 minutes was up, it was time to get this bowl of goodies into better lighting on a fancy board on top of another board with more food and accessories around it. This took as long as it took me to make it. Followed by editing, which took about half as long. … You can of course just go ahead and skip these steps…


The point is, as long as you know how to chop veggies, drizzle, sprinkle and boil, you can make a basic grain bowl. They can be as easy or as extra as you yourself decide. No matter how fancy you might see one made online I guarantee it took as long or longer to stage, shoot, edit and post about the photo than it did to make the food. The same can be said for many many many things.

Delicious healthy food can absolutely, to varying degrees, be fast and simple to incorporate into your day.

Don’t let food with its gown and jewels on, discourage you from trying it, underneath the filters and garnish its still just “avocado on a rice cake”.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Awesome post and yep I see what you are getting at. Although…..I sure do love the photos you post.


  2. I do love fast simple and tasty. Cheers,H


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