I would like to use more beans in my cooking, and I like to stay away from canned goods (unless they are home canned in glass jars). I decided I would try to make a pot of beans one day each week, and then use them during the week as it makes sense. I started off well enough. I had some dried black beans. First I sorted them to remove stones and broken or wizened beans. I boil them in a Mexican bean pot I have, along with some garlic and peppers we have stored from last year's garden. This takes several hours, depending on the beans, and you really have to keep track of how much water is left in the pot. I thought I would be home a lot today but... I got involved in outdoor projects, and decided to combine a trip to the dump with a bunch of necessary Montpelier errands. I came awfully close to burning the beans but saved them in time. This really needs to be a project for a rainier day, I guess, or at least one when I stay home. They are bubbling away again now, though, so it will be good to have them all week! I think I'll investigate using a slow cooker, given how likely I typically am to get involved in multiple projects around here.
Food Challenge #4
When it comes down to Food, modify your Mondays!
It's been estimated that if Americans were to reduce our meat consumption by 20%, it would be the equivalent of all Americans switching from a standard sedan to a Prius.
When it comes to changing how you eat, a little creative tweaking can go a long way - and be easier to sustain than a complete dietary makeover. Lots of folks do Meatless Mondays or Vegan until 6pm or Desserts Only On Saturdays. Personally, as a goat, I don't eat tin cans right before bedtime. Nasty on the digestion!
- Based on what you learned in Challenge 3, what Monday Food Habit feels like it would be the most workable for you?
- What steps will you take to plan your Modified Monday and help make it a success?
- If you need some recipes, look to our Resources.
- Try it out, and tell us how it went. What did you do? Did you enjoy it? Are there ways you could make it easier/better/more fun?
Do it on Tuesday.