Small Family

Cooking for one can be a challenge in a world designed for four. Or, you can look at it the way I do. After cooking for a family of five, I find cooking for myself a delight. Nobody complains. I can use as much, or as little spice as I want. And cooking tiny amounts is fun. The microwave becomes a real option (stove-top cooking is often faster for large quantities of food), and the little extra touches that make a meal special are a snap for one or two, time consuming for six servings.

Use these tips to make things like food storage make sense for small families.

Fast eggs bennie

#cookingforone Fast eggs bennie. Ciabata bun, havarti cheese, asparagus, poached egg. Sauce: 1/2 c milk, 1tsp butter, 2tsp flour (may need more), tumeric, dry mustard, cayenne heated in microwave till thick. Add 1 tsp mayonnaise. #brunch #eggsbenedict Why not follow my Instagram account too? @realfoodtips http://ift.tt/1XuFJCI

Personal Pizza in 10 minutes

I teased you with the idea of a 10-minute pizza in an earlier post, and here are the step-by-step instructions and photos. NOTE: I am a fan of the Bread in Five Minutes a Day books. This series (Bread, Whole Wheat and Flatbread versions) promotes creating a large amount of knead-free dough, … 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.”

Real food variety: Around the world with a pot of stew

One of the best parts about cooking real food, is that you can change your mind in an instant. You might feel like Thai food on Saturday when you are shopping, but on Wednesday, you are leaning to Mexican. I’m spoiled, but I am spoiled because I have those choices. This article illustrates the freedom of real food with total transformations of basic crock-pot stew.

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…

Healthy Cream of Anything Soup

It’s June, but it’s also a blustery. and cold. Soup required. There is nothing faster, or feels better than a warm bowl of soup. Good pre-made soup is very expensive. Cheap soup is not good. All but the premium-priced, organic, canned or packaged soups have an ingredients list that would test a professional chemist’s knowledge.And if you think you are doing yourself a favor to buy a ready-made version from a large grocery store, really do yourself a favor and request a nutrition statement.

There is a real-food option. In fact, homemade soup is a very simple meal …

Real-food Hummus on the fly

Hummus is high on a healthy food scale. The main ingredient is beans, a vegetable source of protein that costs little. The additions are simple, whole ingredients without down-sides. To buy ready-made hummus is costly, and to make it, easy. Throw ingredients in a food processor — done. However, I usually take it one step down the simplicity scale by skipping the food processor for small quantities of hummus.

Creative license creates family favorite pitas

This pita recipe was a staple through most of the time I raised my kids, and is a family favorite. Read the family story behind the dish. It takes around 5 minutes to cook and little time to put together. Use this idea as a launch for your own ideas, … Read more…

Super fast dinner with cooked chicken

I won’t claim that this dinner is as fast as popping a pizza pop into the microwave, but it is in the same class. Same class for time, of course. In nutritional value and taste, this quick dish wins before the contest starts. The day was hot and I had … Read more…

Stuffed tomato: eating above my pay grade

From May to July in my “more winter than summer” city, we can get vine-ripened, local greenhouse, grown-in-earth tomatoes. After the long hiatus from great tomatoes, I tend to buy them wherever I find them, as they are not available everywhere. In my zeal, however, I managed to gather far … 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…

Fast eggs bennie

Fast eggs bennie

bennie

#cookingforone Fast eggs bennie. Ciabata bun, havarti cheese, asparagus, poached egg. Sauce: 1/2 c milk, 1tsp butter, 2tsp flour (may need more), tumeric, dry mustard, cayenne heated in microwave till thick. Add 1 tsp mayonnaise. #brunch #eggsbenedict Why not follow my Instagram account too? @realfoodtips http://ift.tt/1XuFJCI
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