Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cooking Whole Foods Fast: Mise en Place

Mise en Place


Today I am introducing a new series on aMichiganMom: Cooking Whole Foods Fast.  A series that will focus on different tips and techniques for cooking real, whole foods fast.  You can find all the posts under the tag Whole Foods Fast.


First tip, dinner.  I get home at 5PM from work and we like to eat at 6PM.  I also like to try and rest for 15 mins while the kids was Caillou.  So I usually have about 30-40 mins to prepare dinner.  With a little preparation I can easily make a fast whole foods dinner in this time, or less.  How?  Mise en place.  I try to prep the ingredients the night before.  For example, Tuesday we were having the quick noodle stir-fry from the Steamy Kitchen Cookbook.  So Monday night as I was cleaning up dinner, I chopped up all the veggies for Tuesday's stir-fry, layered them in the order I needed to add them, mixed the ingredients for the sauce, and put it all in a container.  So Tuesday night, all I had to do was boil the noodles and fry up the already cut veggies.  The dish was excellent (it was the first time I made it), and it was ready in just 10 mins.  I used two pans, but I could have easily made it a meal with a one-pot clean up by draining the noodles and stir-frying everything in the pan the noodles had cooked in, while the noodles were in the colander.


Do you have a Cooking Whole Foods Fast tip for the new series?  Email me at jmagro@gmail.com with your tip (and ideally a picture) for consideration.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Door to Door Organics

Door to Door Organics is a service I have been using since the end of summer 2009.  Why?  They deliver fresh organic food to my door every week.

Here is what I really like about the service:
  • I don't have to go to the grocery store.  It is delivered to my door.
  • All the food is organic
  • I can add on an increasing number of other grocery items like oils, coffees, grains to my order.
  • I can sub out the items I don't like in my box for items that I do like (I personally am not a big fan of Mangoes)
  • No Delivery Fee
The only thing I am not completely crazy about, is that the produce isn't always local.  But, my reality is that I live in Michigan, and I am not going to get fresh local produce in winter.  Banana's from Costa Rica are ok with me (and my family).  I also think this service is awesome for anyone who doesn't live close to an organic grocery store.

Therefore, I am very excited to be able to offer my readers a $5 discount on your first box. 

Sign up for your first box: www.DoortoDoorOrganics.com 
$5 OFF your first box coupon code: michiganmom

Here is what the sign-up screens will look like:

1.) Select Your Box 
selectabox


2) Enter Your Zip Code
zipcode


...Here are the Michigan Door to Door Organics Delivery Locations and Days
Door to Door Organics Michigan Delivery Days and Locations


4) Enter Code -  michiganmom - and Tell Them I Referred You:
Door to Door Organics Discount Code


5) Enjoy Your Weekly Produce Delivery

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