I’m about to make a statement that you might strongly disagree with. But, I’ll do it anyway…and hopefully convince you.
I think having healthy homemade food (vs. eating processed convenience food or fast food) for most meals is doable and is a huge benefit to you and your family.
Granted I only work a very part-time job and only have two kids, so I understand that different life situations may make this goal more difficult. Before having kids, my husband and I ate all kinds of frozen pizzas and take-out due to our crazy work schedule. However, I’ve been learning that healthy home-cooked meals are achievable if you’re willing to invest in these three things:
1) Weekend planning – On Saturday, I plan out meals, a grocery list, and time to go to the store and Farmer’s Market to buy fresh produce for the week. I try to only go one time a week and stick to my list to save money.
2) Making Freezer Meals – For me, this equals being in a freezer club, where I end up with 12 different frozen entrees every 5 weeks. I also double just about everything else I cook and freeze the second batch. Check out our most popular post that contains over 40 Healthy Freezer Meals for ideas.
3) A willingness to eat leftovers – If the food is good enough, this shouldn’t be a problem! 🙂
Again, I want to emphasize that I know cooking this much isn’t feasible for every family. My hope, though, is that perhaps you can begin to think of small ways to incorporate more homemade (and healthy convenience foods instead of fast food) into your week despite your circumstances. I think you’ll find the rewards are both physical and financial…and that your food just tastes better!