I feed my kids fast food. Often. At my worst point, it was several times a week.
As mom to 2 teenagers and wife to a husband who is rarely home for dinner, we succumbed to the lure of drive-thru meals. The kids asked for it. I obliged. I assuaged my guilt by focusing on the illusion of "more time for family". Everyone was happy. The only one complaining was the budget.
I have never been one to cook “from scratch”. Maybe it’s the requirement of planning ahead. Maybe it was feeling like I’m stuck in a kitchen all night...an hour or two of labor inhaled in 10 minutes (or worse, grudgingly consumed amid a chorus of complaints). Maybe it's plain lack of ability. Most likely it's a combination of all these things.
I love, love, love a quick meal, but we were all getting tired of spaghetti and Hamburger Helper. So I started looking for shortcuts to a home-cooked meal.
Quick. Swift. Speedy Gonzales.
The recipes I use are focused on ease and speed: how quick can I get in and out of the kitchen and to the table. Sometimes I get a flash of inspiration and find ways to add flavor and make it taste gourmet. I use a lot of convenience items, so it's not always the cheapest way to cook. Some recipes may not be the healthiest either, but I'm sure whatever I'm serving up during the course of the week is a better alternative to McD's.
We're still weaning ourselves from fast food... two nights a week... one night a week. I wonder, does Subway count? What about Pizza? I'm okay with where I am on the road to recovery, as long as I keep moving forward. This blog is about our journey to freedom from fast food dependency and welcoming other dinner-challenged families we meet along the way. Accountability, food, fun.... What more could you ask for? Join us in our journey!
PS Who Doesn't Love A Good Hack?
Another Confession: I'm not an obsessive housekeeper. I know what you're thinking.
"She doesn't cook.Trying to keep the house orderly while living life is like trying to fix a car while it's rolling down the street. So you gotta love tips, shortcuts, and hacks to cleaning and organization. Stayed tuned for some great ideas.
She doesn't clean.
What does she do?"