I have, or had a kitchen that was built to cook from boxes. That is until we brought in the hutch that holds all the jars of healthy pantry goods. Like beans, pasta, whole grains and dried fruit. The kitchen is still not large enough, yet I have grown tired of being reminded that you cannot get more into the same amount of space. I keep trying however, and every now and again, I score a little bit of more.
We, and I use that word very loosely, because it really means Honey, have done a lot of work in the house and to the house. Again let me clarify, that "we" when used in connection to physical work on the structure, or having to do with wiring, plumbing or on the end of a paint brush, really refers to Honey. But we sure have done a good job, don't you think (wink, wink)? I happen to be a super duper cleaner-upper, and work hard in that role and others.
We don't like boxed food. And let me clarify, that "we" when used in connection to prepared foods, convenience foods, and artificial foods in any form, really would be me. But Honey loves everything to do with convenience foods and boxed mixes. Artificial flavor, is one of his favorites!
To rehydrate a box of potatoes is, showing that I care. And I must say, it is not easy for me to do. It does not give any feeling of accomplishment, except in that he likes them. I do not eat them, and unlike fresh potatoes, nothing from a box reheats well. But I digress, because......
Part of making a happy home, is keeping peace and harmony, as long as the price is not too steep.
Like occasionally making boxed potatoes. That is not too steep.
Eating them is.
Personally I choose to not use prepared foods, that decision was made for me and by me. Each and everyone can and should make their own decision regarding the use of packaged foods. Please don't misunderstand, I eat prepared foods, everyone does. If you eat out, you eat prepared foods. It is very difficult to find a cafe or restaurant that makes everything from scratch, and I must say, I am not certain I could afford it. Not if I also want to save for retirement!
I believe that to cover the most important items is best, even if you must let a few small items slip in through the back door. For instance:
1. we use organic dehydrated cane juice sugar. But I know that the jar of Lingonberry preserves from IKEA contains white sugar. Do I stop eating (and enjoying!) those preserves? No, I accept that they are different from what I make.
2. we do not eat Crisco, but that jar of JIF (my favorite peanut butter, it must be the added molasses) contains a tiny amount. Have I switched to another brand? Not as yet, although the Lovely Jess has indicated I need to! More than once, I might add.
3. we have candy in the house, it is not homemade and it is not free of artificial colors. Will I stop buying M&M's for Honey, no I won't. And truth be told, I eat peanut M&M's when I need a delicious sweet burst of energy.
4. we also keep frozen pizzas in the house, the crust is not whole grain, and there is a long list of "ingredients" for the sauce. Some of them don't sound like the foods we should be eating, but will I stop purchasing those pizzas? No, as bad as they might be, some nights they are dinner.
I am sure there is more, but for Pete's sake, confession is really hard work!
The things I have succeeded in are, healthy fats, no bleached foods (flour and sugar), using more whole grains, make as much from scratch as is possible. Also beans, beans and more beans, and using bone broth.
The things I am still working on, would be more organic food. I plan on getting on board with the "dirty dozen" for organic produce, this year. I would like to return to grass fed beef, and free range chickens for eggs.
So tonight we had boxed potatoes. Honey loved them and he is happy watching a documentary on John Adams, as I sit here working. There is more tomorrows and speaking for me, I look forward to peace and harmony, even if I can't eat the potatoes!
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