It’s been a long day at work. It’s been one of those days – a Wednesday that resembled more of a Monday. Who wants to break out ingredients to put together a meal when you could just run to good, ole’ In ‘n Out. I’ve had… plenty of these days. This mindset has the potential to lead you down a road that’ll have you dining out more than you’re dining in.
Eating out is super convenient. I’m a sucker for In ‘ Out’s lettuce wrap burgers and any place that has a good gluten-free pizza. And all I want to do when I get home from work is get in my snuggie, and cuddle up with a glass of wine, and order in. [#9 Chicken pad thai – mild, please.]
Though it’s convenient, this does not mean it’s healthy! Restaurant food [not just fast food] is usually not the best food you could be eating. This does vary from restaurant to restaurant, but we often don’t think about if our restaurants of choice are some of the ‘safer’ restaurants. There is nothing worse than finding out your favorite soup was just frozen in a bag.
Aside from the quality of the food, it’s expensive! The, “It will last me two meals!”, outlook will add up quickly. We may think we’re saving money, but in reality it’s always cheaper to buy groceries, make meals, and take some leftovers for lunch.
So what is one to do? We’re busy. We’re working 60 hours a week. We’re trying to make time for friends.
Here’s a few tips to having a better diet and saving a buck or two!
1) Invest in a crock-pot. You might think crock-pots have old lady written all over them. But these things are awesome! Throw a roast in the morning and it’ll be ready to eat in the evening. Pinterest has some killer recipes. [Grandmas always know best!]
2) Find a well-rounded meal that sounds good and cook enough on Sunday night to last you a few days. Italian tends to taste crazy good the next day. Try a veggie lasagna or Italian chicken dish.
3) Pick a day to go out. Cooking can be a lot of work. Pick a day to treat yourself. In a relationship? Make this night out your date night. Don’t deprive yourself. Be smart. That includes indulging every now and then.
Happy cooking in!