My regular readers may remember that my family did a month of "real foods" back in May. We're joining a similar challenge this month of October (see that handy little badge in the right hand margin of the blog?) with Eating Rules. Andrew, of Eating Rules, has a very similar definition for "unprocessed" that we used back in May for "real food." He calls it The Kitchen Rule, and I like it:
Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients.
Check out his FAQ on this definition for more specifics. Essentially, we'll be cooking from scratch. Here are my exceptions, given my current CRAZY schedule with kids/school/etc. (and from my memories of our May experience)
- condiments: I've made my own ketchup and Ranch dressing and the like before--totally from scratch. Ain't happenin' this time.
- bread: it is possible to buy sandwich bread that fits The Kitchen Test, but it's usually more expensive. I'm going to keep an open mind on this one.
- *I* will be doing the challenge and bringing my family in as much as possible. The biggest exception here will be the occasional breakfast of boxed cereal for the kiddos.
- and I include "flour," "sugar," and similar ingredients in my at-home cooking but I'll be skipping most of those chemicals and preservatives!