The good things about cooking:
- It is so much cheaper to cook for yourself or your family
- Cooking with fresh ingredients results in tastier, more interesting food
- Home cooking is healthier for you (unless you have your own deep fryer and plan to use it for every meal)
- Your family will feel cared for and connected to you by this daily tradition of nourishing
- You can keep that portion of evening time family time.
If I spend an hour or so each evening making something that sustains my family and creates and maintains the bonds my husband and son have with me, I think that's time well spent. I also make and send healthy lunches. Breakfasts are not sit-down affairs except sometimes on weekends.]
In many cases cooking something will not take as long as getting everyone together, herding them into the car, driving to a restaurant, ordering, waiting for the food, eating it, and returning home. In families with working mothers or wives, I would encourage the whole family's participation in the process because working together also can create bonds and teach the younger generation a very useful skill. If you are single, add up the money you are saving and put it away for a goal. Also watch the pounds come off.