Homesteader Fast Foods
HEALTHY HEAT-UP-AND-SERVE MEALS
Healthy heat-up-and-serve meals
Living with less” and “the simple life” are key phrases often associated with the self-sufficient lifestyle. Sadly, they’re often confused with sipping lemonade on the front porch and letting life happen. As a modern homesteader, I don’t sit and sip; usually, I’m gulping my drink as I head outdoors to work in the garden, tend livestock, run errands or homeschool my kids. While my pace reduces slightly during the winter months, it’s far from slow since my work-athome career gains momentum during the slower winter gardening season.
All of this work makes for very long days, so by dinnertime, preparing an elaborate meal isn’t on my to-do list. However, my family must be fed, so I’ve learned to make what I like to call “homesteader fast foods”—wholesome, healthy meals and snacks that require less time to prepare than a trip to Mcdonald’s.
What are Homesteader Fast Foods?
I like to keep ready-made snacks handy that we can grab and eat. For instance, I’ll turn nuts, seeds, rolled oats, dried fruits and maple syrup into delicious, preservative-free, non-gmo granola. Another favorite is a simple mix of dried fruit, nuts and deer or beef jerky for a quick energy burst between meals. The key to keeping these healthful snacks in my kids’ and hubby’s hands instead of candy bars or potato chips is to separate them into single-serving packages. All the hungry forager must do is open the pantry or fridge and grab a pack.
For heartier meals, I devote a bit more effort to keep our favorites stocked: lasagna, venison chili, whole-wheat waffles or pancakes, breakfast sandwiches and even the occasional batch of from-scratch cookies. To conserve effort in the kitchen, I plan ahead and cook a double batch of the intended meal, freezing the second one for later. This saves tons of time. By doubling the recipe, I only have to cook and wash dishes once for two or more meals.
I’ve outlined several of my family’s favorite homesteader fast-food recipes. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.