Over the last two weeks we have been completing the sustainable living challenge. The purpose of living a more sustainable lifestyle is to do more for yourself and depend on the goods and services of outside companies less.
We’ve explored and organized our pre-existing resources, and we have practiced some great foundation skills. In week three, the goal is to do it yourself! Doing it yourself can be the most intimidating. It requires learning new skills and channeling some inner patience at times.
But we’ll start with a fun one. Pizza is one of the most commonly eaten foods in the United States. Do-It-Yourself. Today’s challenge is to make homemade pizza!
- Learn to make the dough…maybe even freeze some for future use. Try this recipe.
- Learn to make some sauce. Again, a large batch could be canned or frozen to use in the future. Try this recipe.
- Shred the cheese.
- Top the pizza…with anything you would like. Some of my favorite topping combinations are: Canadian bacon, tomato, pepperoncini, and onion- Broccoli, tomato, onion, and pepperoncini- Sausage, mushroom, and onion
- Learn to make it convenient
I know you may be laughing thinking this is too easy, but how many times have you ordered take out or heated up a frozen pie rather than doing it yourself?
The goal isn’t to simply make the pizza, it is to find a way to make it convenient. At my house, we par-bake a few crusts and keep them in the freezer and keep sauce in the refrigerator. Now, if we want pizza all we need to do is pull everything out, top the crust, and bake!
I chose pizza because it is our favorite convenience food. If you have a different preference, I encourage you to explore ways to cook it at home and make it convenient.
What are your favorite convenience foods to keep on hand?
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Tomorrow: Build Your Own Furniture