Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kitchen Intuition: Stocking up

We are healthier when we cook our own food for a very simple reason: when we cook, we control the ingredients that go into the food. The companies that prepare so much of the takeout, frozen entrĂ©es, mix-and-eat boxes and restaurant meals that we eat are motivated by a desire for us to spend money on their food, so they’ll throw in whatever it takes for them to turn a profit and keep us coming back for more. Quite often, that involves a lot of salt, sugar and ingredients that come out of a chemistry lab, not from a farm.

I found the breathtaking quote at right during a fascinating talk from food writer Michael Pollan about how cooking can change your life (the quote below at left also comes from the same video). The problem, though, is that cooking takes a lot of time, planning and effort. And if you’re already juggling jobs, kids, pets, friends, job training, school, caring for elderly parents, budget pressures and your own desperate need to just go soak in a tub for a while, cooking can be really hard.

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