I can't decide how I feel about this.


On one hand it's cheaper per person and healthier than hitting a drive thru or ordering pizza or "convenience foods". On the other hand it doesn't list the nutritional information so I'm not exactly sure how healthy it is (it does sound like the ingredients are pretty fresh though). It appears that you can control some things, like spicy vs mild for chicken enchiladas. The menu has a decent amount of variation but I know a number of families for which it wouldn't work so well.

As a society are we really that busy that we need services like this? Do we really not have time to go to the grocery store and actually cook? I mean, I realize that there are occasions where we really are that busy. I've had them. But to need to do something like this on a constant or regular basis? With all the recent reports on how people in my generation are turning out to be the "debt generation" shouldn't we be learning how to care for ourselves and teaching the future generations to be the same?

There's a show on the Canadian Food Network called Fixing Dinner. Basically each episode highlights a family that thinks that they don't have time to make dinner (although occasionally it's people who are stuck in a rut with what they make for dinner). By meal planning and assigning family members different tasks and meals and making shopping lists and showing the family how to prep in advance the host, a mother of 7 herself, shows the families how they *can* do it. They check in on "fright night" and then again a month later. Basically most of what the host does is organization and planning and they seem to be pretty successful at it.

Is that all that we are lacking? Are we too busy to organize ourselves? In the long run wouldn't it be cheaper to pay a meal planner to come into our homes and help us organize ourselves then to pay for "convenience" on a regular basis?

I'm a big believer in getting the whole family involved in the kitchen. I grew up helping my mom cook. I was allowed to experiment. I left high school without ever taking home-ec (it was optional and I chose not to opt) but fully capable of cooking healthy and sustaining meals for myself. Or at least when I had money to eat and even when I didn't I generally had a decently well stocked pantry and could fix something to eat even if it was far from balanced ( that week I had to survive on a loaf of bread, peanut butter and a stockpile of ramen but hey - I was able to feed myself that week).

I remember standing on chairs "helping" my mother bake before I was tall enough to even see the top of the counter. I remember grocery shopping with my parents. I remember when my sister was a single mother and on welfare we used to take her grocery shopping with a calculator because her budget was so limited. I think being involved in the grocery store and in the kitchen gave me a respect for food and for money.

Basically what it comes down to for me what my grandmother (a mother of 11) and mother (a mother of 7) would think. They both worked jobs and raised families. And I know they would both not be able to fathom this.

So in the end maybe my reaction is merely a result of how I was raised....