No time to cook? Maybe that’s why we’re in a food crisis

You know I lead a busy life. Did you read about the week it took me two days to do the laundry? But cooking dinner is still a must, almost all the time.

I admit, we do our own cheating. We eat out occassionally, maybe once every two weeks. And on the two nights a week my husband is responsible for dinner, he usually picks up something frozen (M&M Meat Shops is his friend) to serve with cut veggies and dip. But I cook. I like cooking, and it’s usually easier and faster to throw together a meal at home than buy something ready made. Yes, ready made meals at home are cheaper than restaurant food, but not even close on the healthy scale, and no where near as good as something I made myself. Plus the more something at the grocery store is ready made, the more it costs than the ingredients themselves.

So I cook. But this article about a grocery trade show had me up in arms. It said that quick, “healthy” (emphasis mine) foods dominate the market.

Cooking is a luxury now,” said Dale Dubberley, president of Vancouver-based Thai Away Food Services Ltd., which offers a “Meals-in-Minutes” line. “People do it for fun, but they don’t do it every day. People don’t have time. Now they can go to the grocery store, get a restaurant-quality meal and have dinner ready in five to 10 minutes, for maybe half the price of eating at a restaurant.”

People cook for fun, but not necessity? What kind of crap is that? And how can we let that get promoted as gospel? No wonder more than half of adults are overweight or obese. No wonder the poor, new immigrants and aboriginal populations of our societies have the least access to secure, healthy food options.

Cooking takes effort, but not tons of time. Save your pennnies for nice nights out at a restaurant, and plan simple, healthy meals to cook all the other times. We can solve the food crisis, one home-cooked healthy meal at a time.

There, I’m done my rant for now. Off to pull together a quick stir fry for dinner.

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