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Drive Past the Drive Thru

Posted Aug 14 2009 4:44pm

For the past three weeks I have been helping out my mom and my sister with lunch and dinner.My sister has taken an interest in eating better and becoming more knowledgeable about food and cooking. (YAY!) Yesterday we went food shopping (not before making a list of what we needed so we wouldn’t pick up random things unnecessarily).When we got back to my moms house I prepared their dinner so my sister could cook it later on.( I swear by Everyday Food's, Great Food Fast cookbook.)

Anyway, before I know it, it’s 6 o'clock, I’m driving back to Queens and I have no dinner for my husband and I.The point is, there is always the choice of “fast food” or drive ins, but it is almost as easy to prepare something quick and healthy at home.Making a smart choice and bypassing the MickeyD’s will benefit you in the long run.I try really hard to actually cook dinner a couple times a week, so I had about 30 minutes from start to finish.I threw some chicken in equal parts soy sauce and red wine vinegar, then threw in some chopped garlic, salt and pepper and VOILA! Ten minutes later I had cooked chicken, some whole wheat couscous (from Trader Joe’s, AMAZING, and cooks in 5 minutes), I paired it with a simple salad of lettuce and feta cheese and we had dinner on the table by 6:30.

It is just important to keep in mind there is always two choices to make, the easy choice that involves zero effort, and lots of TRANS FAT, or the one that requires slightly more effort, but will make you happier in the long run!

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