Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ask The Hoff: How Do You Find The Time?!?!

Dear Hoff,

You are always writing about making things from scratch - how do you find the time?

Time Challenged

Hi Time Challenged!

I hear ya - I always feel like I don't have enough time for all the things I want to do, but I find the time for the things that are most important - one of those being, eating!  I take what I eat very seriously, because I believe that has a direct affect on one's health.  Therefore, finding time to make what I can from scratch is invaluable.

Here's how I do it:

Friday Night
I know it doesn't sound fun, but I do my grocery shopping every Friday night.  I spend my week researching new recipes and meal ideas, so I actually look forward to getting what I need to make those things come to life.  I immediately wash all produce (berries excluded) when I get home, so everything is ready to go when I want them.  I also leave the non-perishable ingredients of what I am making within the next two days on the counter instead of putting them away.

Saturday Morning
I spend about an hour or less every Saturday morning chopping everything I need for the week and preparing the rice for my Rice Milk.

Sunday Morning
On Sunday mornings, I use the pre-soaked rice to make the Rice Milk, I use the pre-chopped veggies to assemble Hoff's No Salad, Salad for my weekly lunches, I make enough Smoothies for two days, I make up water bottles (I take two re-purposed Snapple bottles filled with filtered water to work with me daily), pasta salad for the week in the summer and soup for the week in the winter and any special extras for the week: hummus, syrup, dips, etc.

So there you have it, I break everything into succinct daily tasks that if done all at once, would take half a day or more, which would suck!  Now that I have done all this prep work, I have very little to do during the week other than cook dinner, exercise and go to work of course.  A little planning really does go a long way.

Take Charge!
The Hoff

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