Home cooking can make a difference in your life and food budget. These days, people are turning to their home stoves and cookware rather than dialing up for take-out or delivery, or heading to a restaurant. People choose to eat at home because they think it’s healthier and better for the family, and finances are only part of that. Regardless, cooking at home can make all the difference. Here’s how.
- Known Ingredients
When you do home cooking for your own meals, you know what is going into your recipes. Even if you don’t know the number of calories or the sodium content, you do know you can control the sodium, sugar, and caloric content just by using the correct ingredients when you cook your own food. Restaurant food often has many different additives in it, not to mention high amounts of salt and sugar.
When you are at home cooking, you aren’t fooled by clever names or labels that some restaurants place in their menus, to get you to think they are thinking of your health.
- Less Time Than You Think
Lots of people are fear the prospect of cooking at home because most think it takes to much time to cook and clean up. But think about this, by the time you get everyone dressed and out the door, 30 minutes have gone by. Traveling will take another 15-30 minutes. Finding a seat and ordering, will add another 20 minutes, then the wait for it to be cooked and brought to your table will add 20 minutes to an hour. You will have spent anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours, getting ready and waiting to eat.
Most home cooked meals take from 30 to 45 minutes to prepare, then you eat and maybe you will have a 30 minute clean up period but you can share that with the rest of the family, so it will go quicker. Home cooking and cleaning up can be family time, too. Time, learning how your kids day went, how your spouse cleaned their desk to get home to the family for dinner.
All in all, home cooking is more than just putting food on the table, it’s time well spent with the family. Studies have shown that families that do home cooking, eating together and talking over their day, have less stress and strive in their daily lives.