Last Thursday was my last day of work to start on my new adventure of taking a break. On Friday, when I couldn’t and didn’t want to get up, I realized how sleep deprived I’ve really been for the last few years. I wondered all weekend about how I had managed, and then I thought about a typical day–which pretty much comprised an average of 6 cups of coffee and at least 2 Diet Cokes to help push me through a sleepy afternoon. At first, I was slightly disturbed but quickly decided–then and there–that I would try to be healthier. Because a healthy body and mind is at the heart of living a mindful life.
So I started out with some online research, and pretty much every website said the exact same thing about being healthier:
- Eat better.
- Sleep enough.
- Get exercise.
- Stop overdoing things (e.g., smoking, drinking, stressing…)
So to get on an escarole with eating better, I made this yummy yet simple recipe the other night. New Roots Organics threw some escarole into our CSA box a couple of times in the last month. First of all, escarole creeps me out. It totally looks like lettuce but it exists somewhere between kale and endive, and is high in folic acid, fiber, and vitamins A and K. Although you can eat it raw, it’s outer leaves are sometimes bitter and the flavors can be softened by cooking it.
- 2 slices of bacon
- A scosh of olive oil
- 1/4 of an onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 head of escarole, chopped
- 1 can of cannelini or navy beans, drained
- Splash of dry white wine