Sheryl Crow’s Favorite Good-for-You Foods
Posted On 24.10.2018
Don’t underestimate the power of dinner. When I was a kid, I could always count on 6 o’clock dinner. Now that I have children, I want to create a similar environment, even when I’m on tour. Chuck White, my personal chef [and coauthor, with Sheryl, of the new cookbook If It Makes You Healthy, cooks for the group every night. There are usually 15 of us, including the band, my tour manager, my nanny, and my sons. It’s hard to be away from home, and those dinners go a long way for morale.
Food heals. My breast cancer diagnosis in 2006 was a real game-changer. I’d never considered that what I ate had an impact on my health. I met with a nutritionist, and she taught me which foods are immune-boosting and disease-battling. I discovered that the more colorful the vegetable, the richer it is in nutrients — so I’ll choose purple cabbage over white. I also learned how spices like cinnamon and turmeric are disease-fighting. Now, I’m less apt to eat whatever’s around or to grab a handful of Fritos.
Even professional chefs can learn a thing or two. Chuck taught me almost everything I know about cooking, like how to chop without taking off a knuckle, plus healthy tips: I never knew that heating olive oil to very high temperatures can make it carcinogenic. But I taught him how to make a meal that a 4-year-old will eat. The trick is sneaking in the good stuff. Chuck invented these zucchini muffins that Wyatt loves. The first thing out of Wyatt’s mouth every morning is, “I want a keenie muffin.”
Calories don’t count on vacay. I love going to Mexico. Chips, salsa, and guacamole feel like vacation. And a margarita and cerveza are always on the menu. To re-create the mood at home when I have friends over, I serve watermelon margaritas. They’re pink and festive.
WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME
“Chuck’s watermelon margaritas are amazing.” Get the recipe from Sheryl’s chef, plus ones for her chocolate mousse and zucchini muffins, at redbookmag.com/sherylsrecipes.
“Right before I go on stage, I sometimes have a piece of dark chocolate and a glass of red wine. After the concert, we all pile in the bus, watch episodes of Mad Men,and eat popcorn or veggie chips.”
“I could make a meal out of rolls with oil or butter. At restaurants, I have to force myself to stop after one piece!”
“At dinner parties, I serve a healthy version of chocolate mousse — it’s actually made with avocado.”
“When I cook, I listen to old-school country music — Johnny Cash, the Carter Family, Tammy Wynette.”
4 THINGS YOU’LL ALWAYS FIND IN MY KITCHEN
ORGANIC MILK. “We get ours straight from the local dairy farm. The boys drink it with every meal.”
QUINOA SPAGHETTI. “I’m a huge fan of quinoa. It’s packed with protein. Wyatt loves this pasta with butter and cheese or meat sauce.”
FROZEN SWEET-POTATO FRIES. “They’re an addiction of mine, and they’re so easy to make — just spread them on a cookie sheet and bake.”
ALMOND BUTTER. “We put this in smoothies, or I’ll pack a sandwich with almond butter for Wyatt’s lunch.”