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Sloooow food.

We’ve been warned of the dangers of fast food till we’re bored with it. Judging by how full the parking lots are, it  hasn’t made a dent in people’s eating habits. I’ve recently become even more enamored with slow food. Really slow food. I’ve been making bread using only sourdough starter, and still making my yogurt.

This isn’t going to be a “how-to” post, rather a yes, you can. I realize we are all busy and tired, but these are foods that don’t take a lot of time. Or rather, they do, but not from you. For example, it takes less than a few minutes to feed your starter:

potato sour dough starter

potato starter


This starter is made from a few table spoons of instant potatoes, sugar and water. It can survive in your fridge or freezer almost indefinitely. You just feed it and it does its own thing.


You use it to make sour dough bread. I’ve been using the recipe it came with (from a friend), and one from the internet, and you don’t have to use yeast. It does take a looong time, but you just put it in a bowl and ignore it. You can start it the night before and it’ll be ready for the second rise when you get up in the morning. I started my last one on a weekday and didn’t have time for it for days, so I put it in the fridge till I was ready for it. sour dough

It did fine.

yogurt being cultured in little glass jars


The yogurt is the same thing. I saved some of the last batch I had made in the freezer. I take a little over a liter of milk, microwave it for 11 minutes till it bubbles, then let it cool to 115/120 degrees. Add some of the frozen yogurt, stir and pour into jars. Put them in my yogurt maker and walk away. This time it took longer. It was yogurt in the morning, but I wanted it thicker, so I went to work and popped them in the fridge when I got home. I drained them after dinner and I was done.


I also recently read that you don’t have to soak beans before cooking. I tried that, and it’s true. I put them inbeans simmering in the crockpot after dinner, and they were well cooked the next morning. Since beans are such a good food, cooking up a big batch and having them on hand to add to a variety of other foods is a great thing.

Fast Food

Now, in telling you all this, don’t think I hate fast food. I can use my microwave and frying pan to get dinner on the table in 20 minutes. I cook fish straight from the freezer and nuke broccoli and potatoes. Any way you can get tasty healthy food instead of garbage is ok in my book. But if you want fast food all week, take a few minutes here and there to add slow food. Cook a batch of rice while you are eating dinner for the next day. Always through roasted vegetables in with your chicken, make your stove work harder. I don’t think anything’s easier than roasting a whole butternut while my chickens cooking, then I de-bone the chicken and scoop the squash at the same time. Could be then, could be two days later. Make your fridge, freezer, microwave and oven really work for you.

Every Little Bit.

Last night we had a delicious meal. Roasted vegetables, meatloaf and cole slaw. It made me think of two more weight loss tips that might help if that is your goal. As you can see, it was two vegetables and a meat. There is some starch, there were two potatoes in the veggies and some stuffing in the meatloaf, but no bread, an extra potato, or pasta.  That can be an effective and painless way to cut calories. Don’t serve any form of starch in addition to the meal. Don’t put crackers with the soup, bread on the side, bread sticks or any other form of bread. Most of the time, these sorts of additions are adding calories to an already complete meal. Starches also raise your blood sugar quickly.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a bread hater. I won’t ever go “paleo”. If you don’t know what that means, “paleo” is the diet philosophy that we shouldn’t eat anything our paleolithic ancesters wouldn’t eat. Read- pre-agriculture. In any case, eat bread and starch  if it is intrinsic to the meal,  as a sandwich, noodle soup, spaghetti and meatballs. Just don’t add it to an already complete meal.

The other idea contained in that meal is two veggies, less of everything else. It is very hard to gain weight, eating mostly vegetables. I even added veggies to the meatloaf, onions and green pepper.

I hope this helps. I also hope that picture makes everyone want to go out and roast some veggies- 400+ degree oven, enough olive oil to coat, salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic. Roast until they look delicious-20-45 minutes, depending on your oven, how much veggies, how big the pieces, etc.

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