When I was a kid, my mom cooked every meal for us. Well, she put together every meal for us. Convenience foods were newish and all the rage in the 60s and 70s. Nobody realized just how “not good” that stuff was for you.
Learning to cook
Fast forward to when I got married (VERY VERY young). We lived with my mother-in-law, and she began to teach me to cook a few things a little more from scratch.
For instance, I learned you could actually make hamburger patties yourself, without coming from a box. And that spaghetti sauce is much better if you doctor it up a little. She also showed me how to cook dry beans and make collard greens and to cook “real” rice, not Minute Rice or Success Boil-in-a-Bag.
As time went on, I was mentored by some other moms. The advent of the internet and the food networks taught me more and more about food options and gave me the confidence that I could cook and create my own dishes. I didn’t HAVE to use box stuff anymore.
Sometimes you gotta have fast and easy
Now, I love the idea of convenience food, sometimes I need something quick and easy. I just don’t like the chemicals nor the taste of most convenience foods on the shelf or in the freezer. That is where making your own convenience foods comes in handy.
That’s why I love this book from the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle because Katie does just that. She walks you through remaking your favorite convenience foods, but from more healthier options. She even gives a remake of Stovetop Stuffing!
This is another one of those books that I think would pay for the cost of the entire bundle in one month, just by putting to practice the techniques inside.
Below is just the kitchen bookshelf, however click here for full bundle details! This sale ends at midnight, EST, Monday, December 2nd.