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Mary Beth's Blog

I want to eat real food. I want my family to eat real food. Armed with this plan, I know I can do it. I am a real person, with real kids in a regular ol' kitchen cranking out dinner. Find out my inspiration for the menus, what's happening in my kitchen, and the achievements on the kid-friendly front.

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2016-09-09 | 0 comments
This week's plan is a rerun from year's past. It is also the most searched and downloaded week this September!   Enjoy!

‚ÄčLet’s make this proclamation.
We won’t sacrifice flavor, or quality or health for time.
Sounds easy enough but it’s not. I decided a few years ago that I would cook at home more than eat out.
There are several reasons for this decision and they are best summarized in an article that I tore out, once again at the doctor’s office: “it tastes better, it reduces preservative intake, it’s more nutritious, and it’s often substantially cheaper than what you find in the store. It does take time, but once you get used to it, most food preparation doesn’t take much more time than going to the store - again, buying it, taking it home, popping it out of the package, and following the directions.”
One of the most beneficial reasons for me to cook at home is that I am…at home.  When my day outside of the house is done, the last thing I want to do is go to the store or stand in a line for dinner. Ugggh. I want to be home. I want my kids to see how to care for themselves by cooking real food, not just living a grab-n-go existence. Now, don’t get that twisted. This is not a judgement – I use plenty of time saving, real food products to get the job done. We eat a lot of hot sandwiches and wraps around here but they are full of real food that I took the time to prepare myself. They are free for unwanted sugar, fat and any other “enhancements”.
Start slow. Maybe make a plan to cook 1, 2 or 3 days a week. You will be amazed – it tastes better, is more nutritious and is cheaper – I promise.


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