The other day, Janet at foodperson wrote this post discussing how she can make a good, healthy meal in the same amount of time it takes her neighbor to open his prepackaged box of hamburger helper. She provides a nice example in the form of an egg and asparagus omelet, which she calls "convenience foods that Mother Nature makes."
As a person who often finds herself quoting Michael Pollan's Twelve Commandments for Serious Eaters (from his book "In Defense of Food"), I say, "Amen sister!"
I'm always a little flabbergasted by my friends who say they have no time or energy or whatever to cook. It's like, the word "recipe" scares people off or automatically signals something hyper-complicated. But really, it's not.
Maybe it's just that we've gotten into a good rhythm with it, but I've found that nine times out of ten, the stuff we put together from scratch tastes incredibly better, is better for us, and doesn't take significantly more time (if any) to make. I don't think we spend more money on it, and I know we go out to eat less when we have tasty stuff to look forward to at home (which is a real money saver at our house!). I have a lot of trouble understanding why people eat the stuff from boxes and the like, especially as a regular habit.
So, for this week's poll:
What is your favorite non-prepackaged "convenience food"? What's your favorite slap-dash, made-from-stuff-you-keep-around-the-house recipe? Do you find cooking "from scratch" to be easy or difficult? If you think it's difficult, what part is it that you have difficulty with? And since I brought them up, what do you think of Michael Pollan's Commandments?
Comment and discuss.