Now that Fall is in full swing, our days are shorter and the weather is colder. As the seasons change, we change with it. Our daily routines change. We get to sleep an hour more. Just at a time when our bodies naturally want to stay in bed an hour longer and go to sleep a little bit earlier.
As night comes sooner, it becomes so much easier to just Netflix and Chill. (Even if it's just chillin by ourselves.) It’s starting to get dark by the time most of us get home. No one wants to cook in the dark. But everyone wants to eat food that will keep the cold out. Hearty soups with crusty bread, casseroles and chunky stews. Now is the time to stock up. Stock up on the things that allow us to enjoy our time in the house. It’s time to stock up on snacks and other essentials.
5 Ways to Make Cooking in the Dark Easier:
Shop, prep and cook on weekends/days off and during daylight.
Your slow cooker is your friend. Think: Chili, Stews, Curries, Braises.
Make big pots of a lot of things. (soup, stock, stews, sauces) Make a day of it. Then freeze them in smaller portions.
Roast seasonal veggies once a week. In season now: all Squash, pumpkin especially, leeks, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, root vegetables (turnips, radishes, sweet potato)
3 Ways to Step Up your Snack Game
- Make your own popcorn and seasoning mix.
- Have 2 flavors of ice cream in the freezer. Make one you want to make hot chocolate floats with.
- Freshly. Baked. Cookies. Make the dough ahead of time and in large batches to freeze. Dark chocolate chips are my new fav! Or just keep some store bought cookie dough in the freezer.
As the holidays approach, I hope you can take some time out for yourself. There's nothing as meditative as cooking. It's also a great way to catch up with friends and family during this busy holiday season. Let me know how it goes.