Last week, I confessed that I don’t prepare home-cooked meals nearly as often as I’d like.
Too often, Connor and I eat out. Dining at restaurants gets expensive, and we don’t always order the healthiest items.
Lack of time is my excuse for not cooking nutritious meals at home. But instead of bemoaning the situation, I decided to take action.
You’ve heard of the Internet? Well, it offers endless advice on cooking, including recipes that can be prepared in a hurry.
(Why didn’t I think of going online before for cooking tips? Duh.)
I did a Google search on “quick healthy meals,” and I was overwhelmed with the results.
Here are some websites I found that offer good advice and recipes:
Some of these are commercial sites that want to sell you something. Some require you to register before entering the site. That’s OK with me. When you register, you’ll receive emails and newsletter with cooking tips. I need all the help I can get.
Just scanning these sites gave me inspiration and confirmed that I’m not alone in wanting to cook better meals for my kid.
For instance, here’s a section from WebMD that really spoke to me:
“Providing quick and healthy meals is the ultimate challenge for harried parents. Your kids are always on the go, and you have many demands on your time. Family meals are no longer unhurried affairs, but that doesn’t diminish their importance. In fact, family meals are probably more essential than ever, given our hectic lives.
Research shows that children who eat family meals get more fruits and vegetables and less saturated fat, and have an overall higher-quality diet. Gathering at the table allows you to connect with loved ones during your busy day. Parents and other caregivers serve as role models, and mealtime helps younger family members to learn good table manners and healthy eating habits.”
The Cooking Light website offers “quick and easy recipes that each take a superfast 20 minutes or less.” It also has almost 100 other recipes that can be made with five ingredients or less.
Here’s my point: There’s help out there for us single dads scrambling to meet our obligations – and cook healthy meals.
So you (and I) are out of excuses.
Kids need to learn to eat right. Cooking at home gives you an excellent chance to teach them about nutrition. With the Internet, you can find countless tips and recipes to help you.