The rising cost of food is no secret to restaurateurs, and to anyone who eats out often. Or who shops for food.
Food costs more because of oil prices, ethanol subsidies, the weak U.S. dollar and heavy marketing. We’re not getting more, but we could be. We could be getting better quality, more nutrition and fewer calories.
For less than it costs to eat out. A lot less. You can still eat out cheaply. But you get what you pay for.
In other words, fast and cheap food is not better. Real food that looks like the plant or animal that it came from (since when do chicken have fingers?)– is what you want.
There is good news…you can learn a little, just a little, about cooking and have it pay off big time It doesn’t have to be more than how to use a tabletop Foreman grill and a microwave. It still counts as cooking.
If you want more, look at ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine. And you’ll get better flavor, quality and more nutrition, with a few simple strokes, than you will at any takeout in America.
If you live in a tough inner city neighborhood, a rooftop garden or windowsill planter is probably a better route than the neighborhood grocery, unless you can take 2 buses to a real grocery store. If you live almost anywhere else, you have access to better value, less expensive food that can feed your family all week without breaking your budget.
How to start? Take a short class in how to boil water. Experiment on your friends. Read a basic cookbook. Learn to read a label. Ask what’s in what you’re getting is the breading made of bread? Does the salad dressing have high fructose corn syrup in it?
Avoid foods with long lists of ingredients, especially those with numbers and synthetic chemicals. Simply prepared foods often taste best, and should look like dinner, not a pharmaceutical formulation.
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