I keep thinking about the vicious circle that sometimes ensnares us into the need for convenience foods. We work too much, play too much, we are away from our homes and our families at times way too much. I realized years ago that I could only be in one place at a time. I am reminded of it still every single day when my schedule gets out of balance and I don't have "time" to cook a good meal. God revealed to me in Scripture that after my relationship with him, my husband and children are my first responsibility. I have the obligation, the blessing and the privilege to care for their needs to the best of my ability. We all get out of balance at times, but the important thing to remember here is to work to getting back in balance. If you stay out of balance too long, the results may be unsavory. I evaluate my priorities on a regular basis. If I don't have time to care for the home and the family I am blessed with, then I need to cut out whatever it is that is taking me away from it.
It's ok to have a really busy day and need to do a quickie meal now and again. I hope that I use my time wisely enough when I have extra to prepare for those times instead of swinging through a drive thru. Good food can be prepared in advance and frozen and heated up without much effort on a busy day. Honestly, my kids don't care, they just want to eat when they are hungry. In the past for fun, we've even made homemade Happy Meals. That was a big hit - and I got to decide what went in the bag!
Last night was fun. I made french toast using oatmeal bread, organic eggs and fat free milk (sweetened with vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg). I served it with scrambled organic eggs and turkey sausage. I was surprised when Jeremy asked for seconds. I had seconds myself! This morning we enjoyed egg (or egg whites) muffin sandwhiches using whole grain english muffins with organic cheese and the leftover turkey sausage.
Will there be a time and a place to "grab and go" at mealtime? Sure...but it's not going to be a lifestyle anymore.