• I found an interesting infographic, from Cooks Smart, that talks about meal planning and the ways in which it can help a family live a better life.
It struck a chord with me because I’ve cooked more this winter than in the past three years combined. For reasons related to good health, boredom and a husband who’ll eat [without complaint] whatever I dream up, I’ve gone back into the kitchen.
I grew up around parents and aunts who enjoyed making meals. Healthy meals. Fancy meals. Fast meals. Exotic meals. But meals created by using real ingredients and following recipes, written or oral, passed down through the family.
There was a sense of history associated with those shared recipes. Back then we connected through food.
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• However today I hesitate to even mention that I like to cook, here or in real life. Many women who I know see it as passé or pointless.
Most of the women really.
Better to eat a Lean Cuisine “like a normal person” one of them told me. Why waste time cooking?
But I like the stress free everyday sort of cooking that I do. I follow some recipes [more or less]. Or I wing it to see what happens when I throw some ingredients together.
Either way, I believe, that with the right attitude cooking is creative fun that leads to healthy meals– and, maybe even, a happier life.