Last January I visited some vital topics in real food cooking and challenged folks to go back and make sure they had them mastered. If you’re a new reader since then or if, perhaps, for some crazy reason, you still aren’t making homemade yogurt or chicken stock, now is your chance to get it going.
The first Monday Mission of 2012 is a review of all the Back to Basics posts from last year. But don’t get overwhelmed! If most of these ideas are new to you, write them down. Space them out this month instead of the other Monday Missions, which will be a bit of a “step up” on the basics theme, for those who are already rolling comfortably with cooking traditionally.
Are you ready? Here goes:
2. Refocus on Healthy Fats (A great review of what to eat and why!)
3. Learn to Use Dry Beans (One of my friends got her hands on The Everything Beans Book this fall and called me to tell me that doggone it, she was finally switching to dry beans! I was so proud of her!)
4. Mind the Microwave (With the craziness of my life the last 6 months – living with the in-laws, having a baby, and moving – I’ve gotten lazy on microwave use. It was bound to happen when others were making our food, anyway, but it’s time for me to recommit to dirtying a pot/cookie sheet and planning ahead better so I’m not tempted to use the thing.)
5. The “green” impact: Pack Reusable Containers for Restaurant Leftovers (this is an easy one you can do in 3 minutes! Get ‘er done!)
6. Holy cow…I didn’t actually include making homemade chicken stock last year! Must have run out of weeks. Are you making making chicken bone broth regularly yet? We just discussed getting it regularly in your week in November right here and had great conversation about how to get “gel” in homemade stock, so hopefully you’ve kept up on that. If not, make a resolution to do better at it. I’ve been enjoying the bounty of broth from using the bones twice (sometimes three times!), so that makes it easier to include more often since I’m not running out all the time.
One More Bite
In case you missed the announcement in the hubbub of the holidays, we’re working through One Bite at a Time by Tsh Oxenreider on Facebook. The eBook includes 52 small steps to simplify your life, based on some of the most popular posts and topics on Simple Mom.
Week one was posted this morning here, and I’ll be chatting about my own progress, with opportunities to include input in the comments, throughout the week and definitely each Friday. Even if you’re not on Facebook, you can still view the conversation, although you won’t be able to participate via comments.
Week one, by the way, is Eat Your Frog. I ate half of mine this morning, then Jonathan woke up and it was time for breakfast. I’m finishing up my computer frog right now, in fact. I decided to make tomorrow’s post more about my experience with eating this frog, so if you’re curious, be sure to subscribe to keep up!
You can buy the book HERE for $1 off this week with the code HAPPYNEWYEAR. A great deal for only four bucks!
Who’s in? What are you tackling this week as a real food new goal or recommitment?
Need More Baby Steps?
Here at Kitchen Stewardship, we’ve always been all about the baby steps. But if you’re just starting your real food and natural living journey, sifting through all that we’ve shared here over the years can be totally overwhelming.
That’s why we took the best 10 rookie “Monday Missions” that used to post once a week and got them all spruced up to send to your inbox – once a week on Mondays, so you can learn to be a kitchen steward one baby step at a time, in a doable sequence.
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