In one year you will eat 1,095 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
With life expectancy around 80 years for a woman, you will consumer 87,600 meals in your life time.
If you are married for 50 years, you will prepare 54,750 meals for your husband.
That is a lot of cooking and eating!!
Each of those meals you cook for your husband, you have decided on what to cook, how healthy it will be, the cost, the length of time it will take, what food you need to buy . . . . you have been one busy lady in the kitchen. As wives we all have a responsibility to cook healthy meals for our husbands and the best and cheapest way of doing this is by home cooking. It isn't hard, it doesn't take as long as you might think and it tastes 100% better than anything you buy in the shop.
My mother was a great home cook and she taught my three siblings and I how to cook and I have passed on those skills to my sons. I am forever thankful for having a mother who gave us these invaluable skills as I have read so many blogs were women have left home and haven't had a clue and struggled to learn basic cookery.
The slow insidious displacement of home cooked and communally shared family meals by the industrial food system has fattened our nation and weakened our family ties. In 1900, 2 percent of meals were eaten outside the home. In 2010, 50 percent were eaten away from home and one in five breakfasts is from McDonald's. Most family meals happen about three times a week, last less than 20 minutes and are spent watching television or texting while each family member eats a different microwaved "food." More meals are eaten in the minivan than the kitchen. (Huffington Post, 1/9/2011, written by Mark Hyman)
This has probably got even worse since this article was written in 2011. I cannot imagine what our future mothers and wives will be feeding their children and husbands, if things don't change, the health of the nation will continue to decline. I don't believe it has to do with mothers working per se, I think we live in an age of laziness. Women do have the time, sadly many choose to not use it wisely.
We complain of not having enough time to cook, but Americans spend more time watching cooking on the Food Network than actually preparing their own meals. In his series, "Food Revolution," Jamie Oliver showed us how we have raised a generation of Americans who can't recognize a single vegetable or fruit, and don't know how to cook. (Huff Post)
I work full-time and we rarely have take-away or processed foods. I am not amazing in any way and I am no superwoman, I just put my family first and foremost. They are my first priority and even for working women, where there is a will, there is a way. I don't cook elaborate meals, but what I cook is are healthy and tasty. My husband loves a roast, I do that weekends when I have plenty of time. We use the slow cooker in winter and eat lots of salads in summer. It isn't rocket science and all women can do it, if they want to, its just that many don't and find many reasons why they shouldn't.
One hundred years ago all we ate was local, organic food; grass-fed, real, whole food. There were no fast-food restaurants, there was no junk food, there was no frozen food -- there was just what your mother or grandmother made. Most meals were eaten at home. In the modern age that tradition, that knowledge, is being lost. (Huff Post)
Eating healthy is important - we are God's creation, He expects us to protect, nourish and take good care of our bodies and the bodies of our husbands (I see it as part of being my husband's helpmate). God also created a plethora of great tasty foods (no, not the stuff that comes out of cans) for us to enjoy and get pleasure from so we need to start the revolution of returning to the kitchen and cooking. We need to teach our daughters (and sons) how to cook healthy meals from scratch. We need our children to get excited over home cooked meals and less excited about supermarket food.
That we need nutritionists and doctors to teach us how to eat is a sad reflection of the state of society. These are things our grandparents knew without thinking twice about them. What foods to eat, how to prepare them, and an understanding of why you should share them in family and community have been embedded in cultural traditions since the dawn of human society.(Huff Post)
My husband likes to go for a walk and often when he is walking up the street towards our house he can smell dinner cooking. Sadly, it is often the only meal he can smell cooking on our street. He says it makes him want to come home as it smells so yummy. What an incentive to cook for our husbands.
Whats on your menu this week?