Hopefully you didn’t get your hopes up, thinking I was going to tell you what to order on your next visit to McDonalds or Burger King. I haven’t found too many real food options at these fast food establishments–even the salads tend to come with hydrogenated oil dressings and unnecessarily processed toppings.
Instead I’ve learned how to find shortcuts in my own kitchen so that I don’t cave to the hanger and pick up a pizza or fries after a long day.
I mentioned earlier in this series how happy I was when I finally “upgraded my cookware” so that I could make meals in larger batches. There are a few meals that we love to eat, but I don’t like how long it takes for me to piece them together. So when I do make one of these meals, I will double the recipe and freeze a whole pan for later. This is also great for when I am out of town–my husband can pull out one of these freezer meals and I am happy to know that he is not visiting Taco Bell each night that I am gone. We will also sometimes make large batches of breakfast casserole or baked oatmeal at the beginning of the week which saves time in the mornings.
Meals that freeze well:
- Pasta dishes (ziti, lasagna)
- Shepherd’s Pie
When I need to make dinner from scratch and I want it to be quick, I almost always turn to a skillet meal or a version of stir fry. All it takes is some chopping, and if you do it while the onions and harder veggies are browning, you can have food on the table in about 15 minutes! (Hint: You can also use frozen veggies which eliminates most of the chopping!) I prefer using grass-fed ground beef because it doesn’t involve any extra chopping or marinating. We eat a beef skillet meal at least once a week.
Even though I love cooking, I also enjoy a break from the kitchen every once in awhile, which means leftovers are my favorite meal. Don’t think you’re stuck with eating the exact same dish for every meal, though. Use your leftovers to mix it up–throw roasted chicken on top of a salad or into a soup with leftover veggies; a large batch of rice cooked at the beginning of the week can be used as the base for several meals throughout the week.
Do you have any real fast food tips to share?
Important disclaimer: I have no medical training. Just lots of passion for real food! Please consult your own doctor and do your own research in support of my suggestions. It’s an important part of taking control of your health!