Gwen McTaggart

Organic Living: What to Eat When You're in a Hurry

So now we are dedicated to eating as organically as possible, but as you probably know, cooking everything from scratch is time consuming.  Sometimes we don't have time to cook so... do we starve... or run through the drive-thru?  Or... with a little planning and preparing ahead of time, we have a third alternative.  Making our own "convenience food".

Now, before we go any further, I have a confession to make.  I'm a recovering McDonald's addict!  *whew* There... I said it... I feel better now, don't you?  So I really understand and struggle with the temptation to go through the drive-thru.  Here are some tips I've discovered to making organic living a little easier.

1. Utilize the crock pot!

When my husband and I first moved in to the house we are currently renting, we didn't have a stove (or range or oven or whatever it is you call the thing most people use to cook food).  The crock-pot or slow cooker (I think that's technically the correct term for that handy device) became my best friend.  The cool thing about a crock-pot is that if you know ahead of time that you have a crazy day ahead of you, you can stick all the ingredients in it, turn it on, leave, and come home to a meal.  Convenient, eh?

But... what do you do when some last minute bit of craziness comes up and you don't have a crock-pot meal ready?

2. Soup!

I love soup especially in the winter, but really soup is pretty fabulous all year 'round.  Soup is fabulous in that there are many recipes that freeze well.  So, make an extra large batch for dinner one night, freeze the rest and reheat it when you don't have time to cook.

3. Casseroles!

Make two, eat one, freeze one.

4. Quick meals!

Keep the ingredients for quick meals handy.  Spaghetti (or rice if you're sensitive to gluten) and pasta sauce.  Quesadillas or Tacos.  Salads.  We freeze diced sweet peppers and onions to save prep time.

I'll be posting recipes for quick meals, soups, and casseroles so keep an eye out for them.  With a little preparation you'll hopefully be able to stay out of the drive-thru!

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