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Reader Jennifer writes in with a great question (I've edited it slightly):
Love your blog, and I love your no nonsense attitude. I'm hoping you and your readers can share some ideas. You often talk about how people use too many excuses about why they can't eat real, healthy, homemade food, and I wholeheartedly agree.
You say everyone can find the time to cook. But what I'd like to know, in practical terms, is how? I'd like to hear some real stories from people, especially those who have young children or for some other reason have little time to cook, who still manage to eat good quality food. I have a VERY energetic 1.5 year old, and by the time my spouse and I get home with him from daycare, we have about 1 hour 15 minutes from the time we walk in the door until the time we need to be upstairs doing the bedtime routine. In that hour, we all have to do the usual getting home activities (changing a diaper, changing clothes, getting the mail, etc), cook dinner, eat it, and clean up again, all with a toddler who by this time is usually tired, hungry, and uncooperative. And that's on a good day. Cooking anything from scratch ends up seeming like a Herculean task.
But I know people must do it, and probably people with many more challenges than myself! I guess I'm looking for some inspiration and encouragement from people dealing with similar constraints. What strategies do you use? Where do you compromise, and where do you hold firm?
I'll confess up front: when it comes to children, I'm as clueless as the day is long.
But I know that a large segment of CK readers actually do have children (in some cases lots of 'em) and have still successfully managed the challenge of cooking affordable, healthy food at home. And I also know that CK readers are always up for helping out other readers who face seemingly intractable challenges.
So here's my question to readers out there: what advice, strategies, suggestions--and encouragement--would you give Jennifer? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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