The Process of Eating Less Processed

Weaning My Family Off of Processed Foods – While Sneaking in Some Hidden Fruits and Veggies

Avoiding the “Weak” night Temptation to Grab Fast Food

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We’ve all been there… those evenings where we just don’t feel like cooking dinner, and head to the closest drive thru, or call and order pizza or other takeout. Often at not just a monetary, but nutritional cost. I had one of those days recently and was actually on the computer, trying to decide on what Chinese food to order – looking at a $30 plus bill for our family, but about to hit order anyways. And then I changed my mind. Partly because I was so lacking gumption that I didn’t even want to go pick it up and partly because I was being cheep.

I still didn’t really have the gumption to spend a bunch of time cooking, but I realized that because I had done some prep work weeks before, I had homemade butternut squash cheese sauce in the freezer, that could quickly be made into a nutritious macaroni and cheese. I also had chicken breasts that could quickly be grilled and bagged frozen green beans that only take 5 minutes to saute with some olive oil and garlic. So in 20 minutes, or less than the time it would have taken to order and then pick up our takeout, we ended up with a very satisfying and nutritious meal that cost a fraction of the takeout bill. The morale… if you freeze extras when you have the time and energy to cook, you can always have a convenient meal ready for those days where you’re just not feeling it.


Author: Rebecca Osterman

I'm a stay at home mom and freelance graphic designer.

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