Now that I'm trying to be more aware of the processed and pre-packaged items in my life I realized just how prevalent they are. And how much planning ahead it's going to take to cut them out.
For example, I have 2 CSA boxes-worth of potatoes that need to be used. So I was going to fix a favorite potato and cheese casserole. Seems simple, right? Homemade casserole, totally within the rules. But what about the ingredients themselves? What about the cream of chicken soup or the breadcrumbs sprinkled on top? I did a little research and both are completely reasonable to make. I just need to get the necessary ingredients and then schedule in the time to make them prior to putting together the casserole.
I love to make big pots of stew during the cold winter months. Not from a can, therefore homemade, right? Um. Sort of. The base is almost always purchased chicken broth. Which, again, I could easily make if I plan ahead.
Mayonnaise. Canned tomatoes. Salad dressing. Flavored creamer for my coffee (I am NOT giving that up!). Foods that come essentially ready-to-eat and that I use without a second thought. The list goes on and on. And that's just the kitchen!
This could get very interesting.....