And if we decided to eat seasonal food?
It’s good for your purse and it’s tastier. Fruits, vegetables but also meats, cheeses and fishes have season. Tastier, cheaper, their production is also less energy demanding (no greenhouse) and require to use less additional products to protect or make grow the plant (fertilizer, pesticide…).
You can find the Seasonal fruit and vegetable calendar (we cannot put all English speaking countries unfortunately):
- For the UK, on the website of “eatseasonably.co.uk”
- For the US, on the website of “localsfood.about.com”
And if we favor non-prepared products and start to cook?
The best way to eat products of quality, that are good, less packed and cheap is to favor non-prepared products (fruits, vegetables, condiment, seeds…). If many of them just eaten with good vinaigrette, in soup, or gratin are already excellent, to increase the pleasure, the best way remains to learn to cook them In order to this, don’t hesitate to visit our links webpage.
And if it can help, two easy techniques of a bone idle that has no job canteen, and who cook for lunch without wanting to take too much time to do it
Always have in stock products without season (if and when possible organic, local…) :
- onions (that are dried but can be eaten fresh depending on the season)
- garlics (idem)
- carotts, which can be stored for several months in a moist, cool place
- beans and lentils
- cereals (quinoa, farro, rice – favoring the one cultivated in your region)
Try the “multi-cooking”:
If, depending on the season it can be so easy to just prepare a consistent salad, during winter, to cook can quickly appeared more complicated and longer…One solution that you can try is the “multi-cooking”.
Well it’s really simple, just put many different ingredients in the same casserole (trying to put vegetables – a cereal – sometime an egg) with the same time of cooking. You can cook using boiling water, frying pan or the oven. Well, it’s the same logic as doing a soup but the variety of recipes coming from is wider.
You can find all the ingredients indicative cooking time on the “Betty crocker” website.
- As you prefer: potatoes or quinoa or lentils or farro or beans or rice
- Broccolis and/or leek and/or spinaches…and all the winter vegetable you want
- Dry herbs. Ex: thyme
Et voilà! Everything in the boiling water during 20 minutes, then olive oil, thyme, sometime an egg and pieces of cheese. Really simple but really good.