When I was in college, I ate so much better than I do now. I got home around 3:30-4pm. I had time to make most of my meals semi-fresh. I wouldn’t say scratch, since I’ve never made any kind of staple– bread, pasta, cheese. I also did not eat meat for dinner at one point, nor did I eat pork and severely limited my beef intake.
Well, I still don’t eat pork… much. (Who can say no to chorizo con huevo?!) But I definitely had a hamburger for lunch today. And I eat meat most dinners I would say. This has changed because I don’t have the time to take care with my meal prep now that I have a real 8ish-5ish job (more like 7:45-5:30 on most days + 30 minute commute each direction). By the time I get home, I just want to crash, not cook. And my hubby, G, is a “meat-a-holic.” Sometimes he will cook steaks on the grill– which are amazing, don’t get me wrong– but that’s it. That’s dinner in his world. No salad, no potato, nothing but a slab of meat. Is that any better than the potato casserole, chips with hummus and pop tart I had for dinner tonight? Probably not. Although I will say I do limit my dairy intake, but that’s because I’m mildly lactose intolerant. 1 point?
I’ve thrown around doing make-ahead freezer meals on the weekends. But I work a lot on the weekends too. :-p
I’ve tossed around the idea of a Meatless Monday, but I need the protein energy at lunch. I need plenty of calories to burn during the day because I’m lifting my patients, walking and doing exercise with them all day. Maybe I’ll try it next week, just to see. I suppose I could sub beans or nuts for protein. Probably nuts. I wish we had a health food store for quinoa, but no.
I guess what I’m saying is that I wish I could make quality food more of a priority in my life. I’ve got my fingers in too many pies right now to add another. I’ll run out of fingers!