How to eat faster without eating fast food

Despite my love of slow food, my frantic weekday schedule requires that I get it fast. Luckily I've latched on to a few tricks designed to deliver good food without the wait.<br>
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&#8226; Make big portions of slow-cooking staples on Sunday for the rest of the week: Steel-cut oatmeal, brown rice, long braised stews and pots of beans are a must around my house.<br>
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&#8226; Keep your favorite takeout menus in your glove compartment and your work bag. If online menus don't show up well on your wireless device, e-mail yourself notes with restaurant phone numbers and your fave dishes.<br>
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&#8226; Bring your own reusable flat-bottomed bag to avoid time-wasting spill cleaning.<br>
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&#8226; If you have small kids in the car, consider curbside pick-up. Get your dinner delivered to your car window from <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP013350" title="Ruby Tuesday Incorporated" href="/topic/economy-business-finance/ruby-tuesday-incorporated-ORCRP013350.topic">Ruby Tuesday</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP003109" title="Cheesecake Factory" href="/topic/economy-business-finance/cheesecake-factory-ORCRP003109.topic">Cheesecake Factory</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP011589" title="Bloomin' Brands, Inc." href="/topic/economy-business-finance/bloomin-brands-inc.-ORCRP011589.topic">Outback Steakhouse</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLENT000251" title="Uno Chicago Grill" href="/topic/lifestyle-leisure/dining-drinking/uno-chicago-grill-PLENT000251.topic">Uno Chicago Grill</a>.<br>
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 &#8226; Pick up a roasted chicken from your grocery store or deli and break up the leftover chicken for tomorrow's chicken salad lunches.<br>
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<i>--Monica Eng, Tribune Newspapers</i>

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Despite my love of slow food, my frantic weekday schedule requires that I get it fast. Luckily I've latched on to a few tricks designed to deliver good food without the wait.

• Make big portions of slow-cooking staples on Sunday for the rest of the week: Steel-cut oatmeal, brown rice, long braised stews and pots of beans are a must around my house.

• Keep your favorite takeout menus in your glove compartment and your work bag. If online menus don't show up well on your wireless device, e-mail yourself notes with restaurant phone numbers and your fave dishes.

• Bring your own reusable flat-bottomed bag to avoid time-wasting spill cleaning.

• If you have small kids in the car, consider curbside pick-up. Get your dinner delivered to your car window from Ruby Tuesday, Cheesecake Factory, Outback Steakhouse and Uno Chicago Grill.

• Pick up a roasted chicken from your grocery store or deli and break up the leftover chicken for tomorrow's chicken salad lunches.

--Monica Eng, Tribune Newspapers

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