Here is my ‘convenience foods vs. cooking from scratch‘ question, “Is it easier to cook from scratch or would you prefer using convenience foods?”
My Disclaimer: I most often cook from scratch. By most often I mean 98% of my dinner recipes and desserts are made from scratch. Occasionally I will use a bag of frozen vegetables which will cut my cooking time on a hectic crazy day. My baking recipes are made from scratch except when I’m cooking with my grandsons. We sometimes used refrigerator roll dough to speed up the recipe on days when they were not up to making a big mess with me. However now that they are much older, they will help with making everything from scratch.
So how lucky are we in this new millennium to have convenience foods available. It give us freedom to spend as little time in the kitchen because we are over-scheduled and over-stressed?.@#%&!.
I’m fortunate to have learned to cook from my mom who only cooked from scratch. She shopped every day for fresh produce. Every meal my mom cooked was here own version of the recipe, as she remembered, from her mother. Her recipes were handed down from her mother and grandmother. Back in the day there a very limited selection of processed foods and whatever was available was very expensive.
The only packaged items my mom used were rice and macaroni pasta. Oh yes, she always bought us oreos and chocolate chip cookies but our cakes and pies were made from scratch.
Today things have changed, and even though we cook from scratch we have fallen into the convenience food trap. It’s the trap that is causing us to become ‘sugar and sodium junkies’ and we’re adding junk in our trunk — who needs that!
The kicker to this trap is that we can never lose the weight we gain from eating all that ‘junk’ and it’s making us and our kids sick. So if there is some way we can help our kids and ourselves to stay well we want to try.
My daughters and I want to try to make changes in our eating habits. Hoping we can convince the kids and gramps that everything is more delicious when using fresh produce. How lucky for us that their husbands are great cooks in their own right and will be supportive in our quest. That helps!!!
We slowly started ditching the commercial baked goods – no hardship there because we love to bake. The next step is to find recipes for other foods that we can make at home without buying additional equipment or ingredients that are difficult to find.
Favorite Foods to Make From Scratch: pizza, pop tarts, pretzels, cookies, ice cream
. . . I could go on, but I’m getting hungry now so I have to stop and make dinner. Here are a couple of recipes to make from scratch that are quick, easy, have no refined sugar and are kid friendly.
Post Updated 2018
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