Conveniently Made by You!
I wouldn't say that processed food, ready meals and even takeaways aren't relevant to modern life, it's just that over the past 40 years there are three generations of people who have come out of school and gone through their home life without ever being shown how to cook properly. - Jamie Oliver, Chef
I fully expect the Earth to wobble out of orbit one day as it staggers from the strain of supporting its increasingly overweight people. Countless books and websites cite the unhappy facts about our increasingly rounded figures. Researchers agree that the reasons for this are many, including poor choices on the part of the consumer. The largest finger of shame is often waggled at profit driven marketing from the processed food industry.
It boils down to simple math. When you eat more processed food, the people that created the products enjoy increased profits. Unfortunately for consumers, the Magicians of Marketing always brings along their comely assistants Salt, Sugar, and Fat to wink, smile, and encourage you to eat a little more. Never content with last year’s sales figures and not caring at all about your figure, the first goal of the Food Industry is to get you to eat even more of their products each year. The business grows when you do.
Make it your first goal to tell them that you are on to their tricks and will no longer fall for products that are not made with real food. Making good food choices is easier to do when you cook. Experiment with recipes until you find one that is satisfying to eat and easy to make. Make a little extra and freeze a few meals for a conveniently healthier grab as you rush off to work. Here are a few recipes to help you reduce the use of processed foods.
This real Creamy Mac & Cheese is easy to make and lower in sodium and calories than you might think. Watch the portions and enjoy some home cooked goodness instead of that dried out "cheese" stuff.
Help that ground meat using Joan L’s Stove Top Italian Beef recipe! Making your helped meat from scratch takes no more time than using a box of chemicals and food extracts!
Have your heart set on a heart healthy veggie burger? Don't reach for the freezer case, reach for this recipe and enjoy a bite of Claire's Lentil Veggie Burger.
In no more time than it takes to cook up a bag of frozen potatoes, you can slice and bake two real potatoes with this recipe for Garlic Oven Fries.
Do you usually buy a can of Sloppy Joe mix? Make Sloppy Jose' in about the same amount of time and give that High Fructose Corn Syrup a pass.
If you buy granola at the store you are paying big bucks for that little box. Try making up a big batch of Linda's Famous Granola instead and go buy something fun with the savings.
Feeding a party of young folk? The little pizza rolls are easy eating for sure, but they are also filled with things that are not the best nutrition choice. Let the BrokeAss Gourmet show you how to make Homemade Pizza Rolls!
What sort of convenience foods do you buy? Have you tried making them from scratch? Do you read the labels on convenience foods? Did anything you read surprise or shock you? What prepared food will you eat no matter what is in it? Share your replace the expensive convenience recipes with everyone here! If you would like to have your recipe considered for CC Palate, please send it to me via pm. Enjoy some good real food today!