I remember as a kid going out to eat a few times a year for special occasions, or a celebration, but it was rare! My mom cooked and she taught us how to cook. She used whole, locally grown foods. We ate breakfast every day...eggs, cereal, or peanut butter toast. She packed us a lunch and we came home from school to a snack and later, a homemade dinner. This was the normal, daily routine, the exception was going out to eat. Now, it's completely the opposite for most families. It's rare to find anyone who cooks every "now and then", let alone everyday. Most of the teenagers who sit around my table have never tasted most of the vegetables I regularly serve.
In order to cure disease, you have to cook. In order to lose weight, you have to cook. In order to look your best, you have to cook...
I know the days of Mom staying at home and being the primary meal provider, may be over, but we need to get some BALANCE in this area folks, if we are going to regain and maintain our health.
One of the best kitchen tools for the busy cook, is the good old-fashioned Crock Pot. There are loads of easy, healthy recipes which can be tossed together in the morning before we leave for work, so that we have wholesome, nutritious food ready to eat when we get home.
When you make brown rice, lentils, beans, quinoa... make extra to keep on hand for easy quick meals...and also to freeze in serving size Ziplocks for quick access. One of the meals my family likes best is simply brown rice w/ any combo of beans and topped with fresh salsa (which you can pick up), avocado, diced onion, tomato, lime... whatever. I also find this an excellent way to add chopped kale to the cooking beans! (Remember, my 17 year old calls me the "Veggiterriorist"... the other day, he called me a "Hippie" :) I'm so proud!!) This dinner takes 10 minuets tops, add a tossed salad, some fruit and... PRESTO!! quick, easy, nutritious, healthy meal. BTW- the kids get to do the dishes, you made dinner!