Busy schedules and tight budgets often find parents resorting to unhealthy fast food when it comes to feeding their families. However, there are many benefits to getting back into the kitchen to cook meals.
- Quality Family Time
Give each member of your family a job when it comes to meal preparation to save time and have a chance to practice teamwork. Once the meal is finished, enjoy sitting around the table together. Ask your family to share stories about their day’s highs and lows, ask what your children appreciate about one another, or just tell a joke.
- Save Money
Eating at restaurants costs money and it adds up quickly. If you think eating from the dollar menu is cheaper than cooking, think again! According to TheSimpleDollar.com, you can make 16 double cheeseburgers at home for $13.44, compared to the $17.12 it would cost to buy them at McDonald’s.
- Be Healthy
The processed, salty and fatty foods on most fast food restaurant menus can also create long-term, costly health problems if consumed frequently and on a regular basis.
Cooking at home is not only healthier, it can actually save money – even compared to the dollar menu!
Quick and healthy recipes
Links to meals for under $5 from the $5 Dinner Mom (5dollardinners.com):
- Roasted Garden Ratatouille
- Apple Cranberry French Toast Bake
- Beef Roast with Garden Vegetables
- Chicken and Black Bean Burritos
- Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas
- Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Pancakes
Want more recipes? Click here for more low-cost, WIC-friendly recipes.
Check out our instructional cooking videos below from First 5 LA’s kitchen!
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