How Fast is "Fast" Food?

One thing that I’ve discovered in our new food lifestyle is that I am cooking A LOT. When you eschew most processed and packaged foods, you have to make what you want to eat. It’s made me realize how easy (and fast) it can be to prepare meals from scratch. Most Americans today eat out. Frequently. As in multiple times a week. When we were a dual income couple without kids, we ate out probably 2-3 times a week. That’s just dinner. Sometimes we ate out at restaurants near our workplaces for lunch as well. That is a lot of money in a week, but costs aside, what I realize now is that we used to eat out because we were feeling lazy and we thought it’d be “easier” and “faster” to go out to eat. Let’s think about that–say I am feeling lazy and don’t want to cook dinner. The closest place to eat is about a 6-minute drive. So we load the kids in the car, drive to the restaurant, unload the kids, go in, order and wait for the food. From our door to the food arriving at the table, it’s at least 20-25 minutes. Even a drive-thru is going to take some time. The food doesn’t arrive at your car instantaneously when you get there. Most recipes I make take less than 30 minutes, start to finish, and a lot of my favorites only require a few minutes of active prep, and the rest of the time I can be taking care of the kids while the food bakes or simmers. The food is tastier, healthier, cheaper and JUST AS FAST. Frankly, going out to eat just isn’t a treat (or a break) any more.
Some fast recipes:
Liz’s Vegan Mexican Lasagna
Hawaiian Chickpea Teriyaki
Spinach and Tomato Balsamic Pasta
Rapid Ratatouille with Couscous
Spinach and Chickpea Coconut Curry
10-Minute Tortilla Soup
Veggie Potpie

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