I’ll never forget my first meeting with a nutritionist who told me the seasoned frozen sweet potato fries I’d been feeding my family weren’t as healthy as I thought they were. Just cut up actual sweet potatoes, she said, and roast them in the oven.
At the time, a chore like that felt insurmountable. I was exhausted all the time (which was part of the reason I’d sought out a holistic doctor, who sent me to the nutritionist) and couldn’t fathom chopping multiple sweet potatoes, let alone cooking every meal from scratch.
But my husband helped, and I slowly put one foot in front of the other, and well…you know the rest of the story: my health improved, my garden expanded, and we eventually bought a farm in order to grow more of our own food.
It can be done. Scratch cooking doesn’t have to be hard. Just start somewhere, like replacing packaged sweet potato fries with the kind you cut up in your kitchen.
And by the way, you don’t have to buy a farm in order to ditch processed food. All you really need is a kitchen and a little creativity. If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of scratch cooking (like I did 12 years ago), head to my bio for my Real Food Family Meal Plan. Or snag my free download of 30-Minute Meals to jumpstart your real food dinner game.
What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to ditching processed foods?
“I hear that many young people today think scratch cooking means you have to use a can opener. No, my dears, scratch cooking is when you use unprocessed ingredients and put them together to create something to eat. Amazingly, you can make a lot of stuff in your kitchen.” —Joel Salatin | Folks, This Ain’t Normal
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