We've both recently been challenged by trying to get a homecooked dinner onto our tables on our busy nights, without relying on fast or processed food. We're talking 10 minutes from start to table on those nights - really, really fast food. For those nights, we're both learning that our crockpots are a Godsend in the kitchen and worth every inch of counter space they eat up.
Now that I'm starting to feel comfortable with my time-crunched dinner time demands, my mind has been wandering to other possibilities in making healthier meals. I've been hearing so many horrifying things about the way some scary processes have become standard in our country's meat supply, that I've been trying to figure out a way to incorporate natural - and affordable - meat into my home. This might involve eating more venison (thank you, Dad!) and less purchased meat. Which might mean that my cowboy of a boyfriend will make faces when our plates have lots of colorful veggies and very little brown meat. It might also involve finding out how to purchase meat from local, co-op ranchers in my area. Which might involve my having to purchase a separate freezer to store it...
Sigh. Lots of things to consider and figure out. But, that old adage really does hold some truth - "You are what you eat."
Are you doing anything to healthy-up your groceries and meals? Do you have any tips or stand-by recipes that might help the rest of us make some baby steps without breaking the bank?
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Season 2 begins April 12 (on ABC at 8pm).