According to a study the average American family spends 49% of their food budget on eating outside the home. Our family pulls those numbers way down. We rarely eat away from home as a family because it’s either so expensive or so bad for us. It’s almost impossible to find a place that serves fresh, healthy, inexpensive food that everyone in my family can agree on, so I gave up trying years ago. Instead I focus on delivering these elements from my kitchen.
I remember reading the children’s menu at a restaurant chain several years ago, trying to decide if we should order macaroni and cheese or pizza for the kids, with fries being the ‘vegetable’ that came with it. I sincerely hope that we can all do better than this. Many people believe they do not have the time to cook for their families, and I’m aware that sometimes it seems impossible but usually it’s more about choosing how to spend your time.
There is a great quote in the article that references the above study, by chef Mollie Katzen:
“There’s something about our culture:
people are willing to spend an unmeasured amount of time
sitting in front of the TV and passively taking in food as entertainment,”
says Katzen. “But God forbid taking 20 minutes to
cook. I don’t know anybody who keeps track of the amount of time
they spend cruising around online and reading blogs. But people
are very resistant to the amount of time it takes to cook something.
They have to understand that the point of cooking is not to
see how little time you can spend doing it.”
The underlying fact is that there is always enough time to do
the things we set as priorities.