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Name: Marcia Crawford
Date registered: July 11, 2011

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Eating at Home

We Registered Dietitian Nutritionists have long preached from our pulpit: eat at home! It is healthier with regard to the unholy gang of calories, fat, sugar and salt (that draw us to restaurant food).

Checking out trends and stats from the US restaurant industry, $745 billion was spent in 2015 on food and drink sales and that’s growing. Meals at quick serve, casual and full service restaurants were counted; we often hear the figure one meal/day is eaten away from home. That number hasn’t changed for years which is puzzling.

I think our vocabulary must not have kept up with the food times. If we bought a bag of frozen Friday’s Easy Chicken Chow Mein and prepared it at home, are we calling it a home cooked meal? If Domino’s delivered our Memphis BBQ Chicken pizza and we ate it at home, wouldn’t we say we ate at home? My sense is that we are not capturing what really is going on with our food habits

After we discussed meal kits last Minute several friends wanted to ask about them; EVERYONE asked how healthy they were. In my limited assessment of what’s available (HelloFresh – largest in revenue, Blue Apron – more complicated cooking, Plated – more choice and dessert! and Purple Carrot – plant based) my advice is about the same as when eating “out”. Eat less.

The Blue Apron meals “we” got came with the nutrient breakdowns. Calories ranged from about 600 to 1100/meal. Calories tend not to climb in isolation…the meals highest in calories were highest in fat, sugar and salt too. Go figure.

At any rate, let’s modify our sermon. When eating a commercial meal, regardless of where you are consuming it, consider a half portion or a two-thirds portion to be well.


PS Let me know if you’ve tried any of these kits and what you thought. Meal kits from the grocery?



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Quick & Easy

Looking over my shoulder as I was reading a recipe, our son said, “I notice a lot of your recipes have ‘minutes’ in the title or include the words ‘fast’ or ‘quick’.”

Riiiiiiiight. While I get great joy out of eating a great meal or dish, actually making it is not fun or fulfilling to me.

Holiday meals or having guests over earn more cooking time but I don’t necessarily see those meals as more important than our family meals. We deserve great tasting, healthy meals but I don’t think I need a lot of time (or kitchen equipment).

On the other hand, our son has had the luxury of cooking with a meal kit this summer – Blue Apron. Their recipes require every cutting board and pan in the house. The food processor and box grater are often utilized in the same meal. The garlic press is often out and I didn’t even know we owned one. The counters are cluttered and the process is long. But his meals look exactly like they’re pictured in the Blue Apron supply box and the food tastes GREAT.

He enjoys that creativity (and probably knows I’ll offer to clean up afterwards). He comments on “the flavor profile” and wonders about tweaks he could make. Let me repeat, these are great meals. And very often quite healthy.

We both value a delicious, healthy meal. He enjoys the process and I enjoy the results. Maybe you sit in between our two extremes – you don’t mind prep lasting more than 10 minutes, but you don’t want to spend a full hour on dinner – ’cause that glass of wine just doesn’t last that long.

Meals prepared quickly or slowly can both be healthy so YOU can be well.


PS I’m grateful he didn’t look at my recipe file that says, Three Ingredient Dishes!

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