Sunday, March 4, 2012

How to make eating local convenient

One of the biggest misconceptions about cooking in general, at least in my opinion, is that it takes a lot of time. This is sometimes true, but even when you are trying to eat locally you can make a quick, easy dinner. With five people in my family on their own schedules, we are very busy. Rarely do we have time to cook for hours before eating, so we've found easier ways to get dinner on week nights. This post is going be tips on making eating local easy.

Instead of ordering pizza or take-out, plan your meals in advance so they take less time. Our weekends are usually spent doing chores and cooking. On Saturdays, we go to the farmer's market, the CSA, and the store to get ingredients for cooking on Sunday. If we have time Saturday night, we start some of the meals that take a lot of preparation, that way we can just cook on Sunday. On Sundays, the house smells like food by lunchtime. Sundays are spent making our Sunday dinner, as well as soups and stews for the week.

Foods that are re-heatable are the easiest to serve on busy nights. In my family we eat soup or stew at least twice a week. These meals are easily reheated, and if you put as many vegetables in them as we do, these can be one dish dinners. When everyone needs to eat at a different time, the first person who wants to eat heats up the soup on the stove, and everyone else can serve themselves the rest of the night.

Find easy, quick meals for nights when everyone only has only a few minutes to eat. A perfect example of a meal like this is tortilla espaƱola. All you need are potatoes, eggs, and cheese. Depending on what you like, you can also add peppers, onions, garlic, spinach, and basically anything else. This takes only about 30 minutes from start to finish, and you serve it right off the stove.

Save your leftovers! Unless your food will really taste gross after being popped in the microwave, save it. Leftovers are perfect for lunches, and at the end of the week, you can have a dinner where people just eat their favorite meal from the week.

I haven't posted in a coupe weeks because school vacation was a lot busier than I thought. As we approach April, the "end" of my project, I will probably post a couple times a week. I already have a huge list of recipes I want to use and things I want to talk about!

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