TV Tuesday #4: How To Save 4 Hours A Week And Still Eat Real Food

Let’s be honest here. Eating real food can take some time.

Especially if you’re fermenting your own foods, making most everything from scratch, and having to drive to and from the different stores and farms to get organic, free range, and grass fed foods.

If the food wasn’t so damn amazing, it would be enough to make you go crazy.

But what if, instead of running all over town or tending to your sourdough starter with a watchfulness like Gollum (my Precious…), you got to do whatever you wanted to do? Spend time with your fam, cook a delicious meal, read Beyond The Peel, Pin all your favorite shoes, recipes and home decor ideas (yes, I know you’re addicted to Pinterest), or you could work on your blog like we do! :)

Well, I think you’re pretty dang special, and you deserve an extra four hours a week. So, here are 5 tips, in no particular order, to help save you tons of time each week, and still allow you to eat amazing, healthy, real food meals.

Oh, and to save even more time, include meal planning and batch cooking. You’ll save yourself a few more hours each week.


Share your best time saving tips in the comments below! We’d love to hear what’s working for you so the whole community can learn.

I’m sharing this with Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesday, A Little Birdie Told Me, Fat Tuesday, These Chicks Cook, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Tasty Alternative, Whole New Mom, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Friday Food Flicks, Freaky Friday, Fight Back Friday, Foodie Friday, and Feed Your Soul.

11 Responses to TV Tuesday #4: How To Save 4 Hours A Week And Still Eat Real Food

  1. MeowSaysMe April 10, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    You can save a lot of time and effort by using the crock pot to make your meat stocks. Once everything is in the crock pot, the crock pot does all the work for you.  I haven’t found an acceptable ready made meat stock, so I find it necessary to make my own.  Many have autolyzed yeast, which I found out is another word for MSG.  The one better brand adds both cane sugar and onions.  I object to both.  The sugar for obvious reasons, and the onions because of food allergies.

    • beyondthepeel April 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      Great point! We make our own stocks too. Usually put it on right before we got to bed, so it’s all done in the morning :)

  2. Joanne April 10, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    I think my best tip is to multi-task and plan ahead!  If i know I need beans for the next day, I’ll soak em while I sleep and then cook em while I’m eating breakfast/getting ready for work.  This way, I’m  not actually wasting any time!

    • beyondthepeel April 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      Joanne, that’s my top time saving tip for sure!

  3. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom April 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Hi!  I’m all about saving time.  Here is a post I did about Saving Time in a Whole Foods Kitchen:

    • beyondthepeel April 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

      Thanks for sharing Adrienne. I’ll check it out!

  4. The Café Sucré Farine April 11, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    Frances, this is such great and useful info and I love seeing you in person – you’re so pretty and such a natural in front of a camera!

    • beyondthepeel April 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

      Your very sweet Chris! Thank you.

  5. Miz Helen April 14, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

     Hope you are having a great spring week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Nancy @ Real Food Allergy Free April 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Great tips!  I wish we had some kind of delivery service in our area.  Thanks so much for sharing at Allergy-Free Wednesday!  I hope you’ll come back again this week.

    • beyondthepeel April 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

      Nancy, you might try out Green Polka Dot Box. They’re an online organic home delivery service. Adrienne at uses them, so chat with her to find out how she likes the service.

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