It’s a decision that we all face each day, whether it be for lunch or for dinner, should I go out to eat or should I pack a lunch or stay in for dinner? It seems like more and more people these days are opting for the former rather than the latter, which is great for people in the restaurant industry like me, but it’s so saddening when I see men and women with full families who don’t know how to prepare a meal that wasn’t frozen first or where the instructions aren’t “put in microwave for ten minutes.”
I remember when I was a kid coming home from school in the afternoon and my mother was already well into preparing for that night’s dinner. My mom was an absolutely amazing cook and she was part of the inspiration for me when I started cooking. But above everything else she was a baker. Her pies and pastries are so delicious I can eat them all day long!
But so many people today are clueless on how to make a home cooked meal (I can’t imagine Thanksgiving at some of these people’s houses.). But that is the point of this post, to resist the urge of going out to eat and stay in, cook something special, and enjoy the satisfaction of a home cooked meal. I know that it is a little bit more work to cook a meal yourself, and there is a little bit more planning involved, but it is well worth it and I will tell you why!
Number 1, it’s way cheaper! Going out to eat is extremely expensive! Unless you’re getting dollar menu items at Mcdonald’s, you usually can’t eat a full fast food meal for under 7 or 8 dollars. Now, if you’re going to a real restaurant add another 20-30 percent on top of this—and also a tip. You can usually get a homemade meal going for around 2-4 dollars per person. That’s almost half the price! If you make a conscience decision to start eating at home more, you could easily be saving hundreds of dollars every single month in food costs.
Number 2, it’s much healthier. If you are cooking your own food, you can control all of the ingredients that go into it. Sure you can choose to eat at health restaurants, but they usually a little more pricey, fueling problem number 1. Also, many restaurants’ “healthy option/alternative” is the same across just about any place. You have a salad option, or a wrap option instead of bread. Well, that is boring. Eating the same overpriced salad every single day isn’t exactly exciting or something to look forward to. If you cook your own food, you can make sure that the ingredients are top notch and that they are healthy.
Number 3, it teaches you how to cook! Everyone complains that they can’t cook, but they never do anything about it. The only way to get better at something is to practice, so get in the kitchen and start testing out some new dishes! You don’t have to go from scratch, there are hundreds of recipe books you can get that will give you all the information you need, as does this blog! So what are you waiting for? It’s time to stop going out and start staying in.