April 27, 2016 2 Comments
When life gets hectic, it’s tempting to quit spending time on food preparation and just live on junk from the convenience store. The trouble with that approach is that it deprives your body of nutrients and gives it extra fat and salt to process, at just the time when you most need your body to work smoothly!
If your normal life is pretty hectic, you may be in the habit of preparing meals that use a lot of processed foods and getting take-out several times a week. You may be thinking that you should eat better, but how are you ever going to find the time? Start by working a few homemade meals in among your convenience foods, and work your way up from there! (Also, check out Kitchen Stewardship’s article Real Food Is NOT Realistic! for lots of great tips.)
The first three months of this year were difficult for my family: Between the four of us, we had nine illnesses; I had surgery, was in a lot of pain, and couldn’t lift groceries or our toddler Lydia for three weeks; I had migraines more often than usual; and I was working hard to meet deadlines before my full-time job ended on March 31. Normally, I plan the menu, and my partner Daniel cooks dinner every weeknight–but with so many distractions, I didn’t plan well; while I was unable to pick up Lydia from childcare, Daniel had to go get her every evening during cooking time; while I was unable to lift things and then while I was working overtime, I couldn’t do as much of the grocery shopping as usual. We had to make some compromises.
What you see in this photograph is the sheet of paper that hung on our kitchen cabinet for seven weeks, from late February to mid-April. You can see that we didn’t have a plan for every night. You can see that we sometimes relied on restaurants or packaged foods. But you’ll also see some nourishing, affordable, homemade meals that didn’t take all that long to make. I’ll explain the things that I see need explanation, and I’ll be happy to do more explaining in the comments if you have questions! Recipe links are at the bottom. Read more of this post