The three primary complaints I hear about eating ‘healthier’ are:
It’s true eating healthier is generally more expensive, and depending on your budget you may have to settle for varying degrees of healthier (not everyone can afford organic, free-range, artisinal everything; nor do we need to to be healthy).
Our grandparents and great-grandparents often ate healthier (than we do) on a shoestring budget by using simple ingredients.
My argument is that for most of us the problem isn’t cost alone as much as it’s cost and lack of time.
And that gets into the second issue – convenience.
Most of us are strapped for time.
And reaching for a box, bag or can is faster and easier than having to prepare food.
That’s where things like batch cooking come in. Having something prepared means all you have to do is reach into the fridge and reheat.
As for taste, something we’re also going to touch on here, most people’s taste buds have been bombarded by sweet, salty and fatty tastes from processed food, and therefore real food tastes bland and weird in comparison.
Once people make the effort to begin eating real food however they find that the food is actually taster, with subtler (less ‘club you over the head’) and more nuanced flavors than processed food.
Two types of cooking
There are two different types of cooking most of us do:
An to understand the difference, we have to look at…
The three variables of cooking
You can’t have all three unless you have the money to hire your own personal chef.
At best we get two. Let’s give a couple of examples.
So, taking these three variables to our two types of cooking we see:
Here’s my super easy crock pot chicken.
Total time to prepare about 5 minutes, and assuming you remember to put it in before going off for your day, super easy. It’s tasty ‘enough’.
Let’s contrast that with a roast chicken from Heston Blumenthal’s show ‘How to Cook Like Heston’
Total time: Overnight + say 10-15 minutes prep + 90 minutes + 45 minutes + 10 minutes
Taste: I’m sure MUCH better than my crockpot chicken, but, if you’re like me, not something you’re going to do on a regular basis.
So by balancing convenience, quality, and taste, we can still eat healthy without having to be in the kitchen an unrealistically long time.
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