Food storage

Food storage may be the most important puzzle piece as you are trying to bring more real food into your diet. If you don’t have the ingredients handy, and in a form you can use quickly,  when you cook a meal, all your resolve goes out the window. Read through these articles to find solutions to your food storage problems.

Ten minute sausage and quinoa dinner

I am working to a tight deadline today, but hunger said it was time. I thought about takeout. I have a favourite Vietnamese restaurant that makes a great, quite healthy selection that i love. However, it is a ten minute drive, each way. I checked the freezer, and truly, without … Read more…

Easy tuna for one

Canned tuna is a great time saver, and a quick healthy protein in a sandwich. However, a can of tuna provides two servings. I am a princess when it comes to leftovers, and don’t like day-old tuna salad. So … I simply divide the tuna in half, placing half in … Read more…

Freezing meat with options

Freezing meat allows you to keep real ingredients on hand … But how do you know how much of any one item you will need? Small families sometimes have guests, and even large families can need just a bit of a frozen meat. Cut all the guess work by spending a little time on shopping day to freeze “with options.”

Roasted peppers are worth the work

Warning! This is not one of my simple tips. Making roasted peppers takes time. It’s fiddly. It’s also worth it. I’ve tried bottled roasted red pepper, and while I don’t know exactly how they make them, I taste a chemical undertone every time. The version you can buy at an … Read more…

Quick and easy separate freezing

Quick and easy separate freezing I outlined the process for freezing individual portions of meat after a major shopping trip, but this is an everyday alternative. I used one quarter pound of ground chicken, which left three portions. I simply formed  three patties (wet your hands so the chicken does … Read more…

Keeping bean sprouts fresh

I love bean sprouts. I love them in sandwiches, soup, salads and stir fries, of course. Trouble is, they last about 20 minutes in the fridge before they turn into a soggy, slimy mess. Store them in a covered container filled with fresh water and a lemon slice, and you … Read more…

Keep fresh herbs fresh

Hands up if you have bought fresh herbs, used them once or twice, and had them turn brown, or even to mush before you get used to having this treat available. I thought so. It doesn’t have to be so. Fresh herbs that have stalks, which is most if you … Read more…

Reducing the Grr! Factor: Garlic skin

What’s a Grr! Factor? When preparing a meal, something happens that is not bad enough to warrant a launch into your best expletives, but definitely reduces any pleasure you are having with your work … that’s the Grr! factor. The first one up is garlic skin. When you cook real … Read more…

Real food has seasons: Strawberries

We have become spoiled with having access to a complete selection of fruits and vegetables year round. I must qualify that, however. We have become spoiled with access, but very tolerant of low quality. If you have been paying attention to the quality and price of your produce, you may … Read more…

Freeze bread for single-slice use

A good bakery offers many great, healthy types of bread. But bread without preservatives does not stay fresh for long. Bread freezes well, but what if you want rye bread, but whole wheat is the one that is not frozen. Solve that dilemma and open all choices by freezing all … Read more…

(Relatively) Instant Soup from the Freezer

Starving. Cold. Soup was the answer, but it had to be in a hurry. So, I opened my freezer and 20 minutes later was sitting down to a hot bowl of Sausage Barley soup — from scratch. My friends and family shake their heads at me in the fall, when … Read more…

Reducing the Grr! Factor: Tame your cords and loose ingredients with elastics

I’ve mentioned before that I have a small kitchen. One of the secrets to happy work in a tiny space is keeping countertops clear, so I choose to store small appliances that I use occasionally in a cupboard. However, I hated fighting with cords when moving them in and out. … Read more…

Ten minute sausage and quinoa dinner

Ten minute sausage and quinoa dinner


Sausage and quinoa in ten minutes

I am working to a tight deadline today, but hunger said it was time. I thought about takeout. I have a favourite Vietnamese restaurant that makes a great, quite healthy selection that i love. However, it is a ten minute drive, each way. I checked the freezer, and truly, without pre-planning, I had my dinner on the table in exactly ten minutes.

The main dish is three frozen ingredients: a small Italian sausage, frozen, cooked quinoa and frozen peas. I turned the heat on under a small fry pan, while the sausage went into the microwave for 30 seconds so I could safely slice it. The slices went into the hot pan, flipping after a minute or so. Then I added the frozen quinoa and peas. Cover and let cook until the sausage is done and all is heated through. Stir in 1/2 to 1 tsp of butter or olive oil for flavour.

While the food was cooking, I sliced cucumbers, green onion, red pepper and jalapeno pepper for a salad. Salt and pepper, with a splash of olive oil and red-wine vinegar.

That’s it. It might take a few more minutes to create the same dish for a family of four, but no more than 15 minutes for sure. This can also be used as a concept, as beans and rice with onions and carrots, or ground beef, barley and green beans could also be great. The secret is to have all the ingredients in single serving size in the freezer. I usually have two or three grains, a couple of bean types, rice in freezer bags. Vegetables can come from the store in frozen form.

But most important? It tasted great and  … I made my deadline.

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