I’m a busy person. And I’m tired of food "experts" telling me I’m doing something awful by serving my family "convenience foods."
Yeah, you know, if all y’all eat is fast food burgers and boxed macaroni-and-cheese, you’re probably not going to be the healthiest family on the block. But it’s possible — even easy — to serve tasty, nutritious meals using quick-to-prepare frozen and packaged foods.
For instance, just tonight, for supper we had bourbon chicken, a nice tossed salad and peas-and-carrots. And we put it all together in less than half an hour.
The chicken was frozen, pre-breaded. All we had to do was spread the pieces out on a baking tray and put it in a hot oven for less than 20 minutes. We got it from our local warehouse club; while we could probably have made our own slightly cheaper, it was still very cost-effective (and good!). While it was cooking, we tossed the salad using bagged mixed greens and lettuce, grape tomatoes, purchased carrot shreds, and a handful of unsalted dry roasted peanuts. The peas-and-carrots were also frozen and heated up nicely in the microwave in just a few minutes.
We topped the salad with our favorite low-fat salad dressings, and we had a tasty, healthy supper in less than half an hour.
Yeah, it’s probably less expensive and in the long run healthier to cook your own food from scratch. But for those nights when you get home late and the kids are hungry and you’re so exhausted you can hardly put one foot in front of the other — go ahead and pull the "convenience food" out of the cabinet or freezer and don’t feel guilty. Just combine with fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits, and in my opinion you’ll eat well with no worries.