Time is at an all-time premium in the 21st Century. We’re working longer hours and in some cases more than one job, so having the time to cook meals from scratch for your family may be a big challenge when you come home late and tired.
However, there are so many benefits of taking the time to make a home cooked meal vs buying processed food from the shops or eating out.
Here are a few…
Making your meals at home is usually much more cost effective than eating at a restaurant or buying processed foods from the market.
When you eat at a restaurant, the price you’re paying is not just for the food. It also includes the costs of running that business (the lights, the water, the building, and the staff). The same goes for the pre-made or frozen meals bought from the supermarket – there are additional costs added in to make up the price.
Before you make your shopping list, take some time to plan your meals out for the week. That way you don’t have to think about what you are going to cook and you know you’ll have the ingredients to do it.
Make your shopping list and stick to it. Avoid buying extra items you don’t need or won’t use – especially offers on food that have short ‘use-by’ dates that you know you won’t eat before they run out.
Put leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer and mark the day you cooked them on the container. Once you get a stock of leftovers stored, you can reheat them at a later date when you don’t have time to cook.
On those days when you do get home late, it may seem like grabbing something to eat at the local supermarket or getting a takeaway from Uber Eats or Hungry House may be the best solution when you’re tired. In reality however, it can be much faster to cook something at home, especially when you plan ahead. There are so many meals that can be made in around 30 minutes and if you choose a more complex recipe, you can always cook in bulk and eat the surplus later in the week or freeze it for the following week.
Unfortunately, many commercially prepared foods are high in fat, salt, and sugar and if you or any member of your family have allergies, then knowing what is contained in the food you buy is even more essential.
When we prepare our own food, we know exactly what ingredients and how much of each are going into our food.
In some restaurants and fast food establishments, the portion sizes are much larger than necessary. This creates the challenge that when the food is in front of you, the chances are you’ll eat it, especially because you won’t want to waste the hard-earned money you paid for it in the first place.
When you eat at home you can regulate the amount of food served for dinner and eliminate that unnecessary temptation.
It Brings the Family Together
Eating at home gives the entire family time to talk about their day. It’s probably one of the only times that you get to interact with each other all at the same time on a daily basis.
Involving your children in food preparation (maybe by asking them to read the recipe out loud or mix ingredients) is not only fun, but also a great way to teach them about healthy eating habits and the different types of foods that we use to cook with.
The secret of successful and positive home cooking is all in the planning.
Once you get into the habit of doing it and knowing what meals you can cook quickly and those which you can cook in bulk and refrigerate or freeze for later, it becomes much less of a chore to do when you get home from work.