What Do I Feed My Family?
When it comes to eating, I know that if I don't plan our family's meals out for several days in advance, I will tend to get lazy and not cook at all. That either leaves me standing in front of the refrigerator door at 5:00 p.m. wondering what I'm going to prepare for dinner or just throwing in the towel and saying "We're going out to eat tonight!".
Generally I can pull something together last minute that's nourishing and tastes good but if I haven't planned the meal and it gets too late to start getting dinner ready, I'll opt for the restaurant option. Now, don't get me wrong, I love to eat out every once in a while. But, as a general rule, I believe that preparing our family's meals is far superior to eating out for several reasons.
First, it's more cost effective. For our family of four, I can prepare a healthy, nutrient dense meal for less than half the cost it would be to go to a restaurant for an inferior meal.
Second, the ingredients I use are high quality and I know exactly what's going into the meals I'm preparing. There aren't any hidden ingredients that I don't want in our bodies.
Third, I am cognizant of how I'm preparing the food and am careful about the amount of oils, spices, condiments and seasonings I'm using. I can be sure there isn't an over-abundance of anything in our food.
Fourth, I believe it's important for my children to develop a love for cooking, or at least, learn to be proficient in the kitchen. It's also a great bonding experience for me and the kids. My youngest daughter loves to wield the knife and cut up our veggies. My older daughter is happy to help out in any way including coming up with creative ideas to set the table.
Eating at home, as well as eating out both have their benefits but if I could encourage you one way or the other, I'd encourage you to cook or prepare the greater portion of your meals at home.
I've posted some of our family favorites - I hope you enjoy!