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How convenience food changed our lives – Recipes For Future #11

How convenient food changed our lives - recipes for future

Nowadays the average American spends 27 minutes daily cooking. In many other western societies it’s pretty similar.

Wowwww, that’s very little time to prepare a healthy and tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner – for one person.

I can’t imagine how that should work for an entire family. Plus, I’m not sure if the 27 minutes include washing up.

Almost 60 percent of our daily calories is convenience food

The time spent in the kitchen has dropped down massively in the last fifty years. One of the big reasons for that is processed convenience food.

Some examples are breakfast cereal, fish fingers, canned soups, pre-packed sandwiches and sweets. But also seemingly healthy meat replacements and energy bars belong in that category.

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All of these foods have two things in common:

  1. they contain many funky ingredients to make them tasty and last long.
  2. They are super-duper quick to prepare

Currently processed foods like that make up almost 60 percent of our daily calories. Plus they contain 90 percent of the added sugar we consume.

And they are really convenient, so that we can spend more time on doing something else than staying in the kitchen.

Time saved, health lost

The downside is these foods are the cause of health issues and obesity. More and more serious studies are backing up what we already knew all along.

Unfortunately, most of us rely on quick convenience meals too much already.

And I understand why: how can you prepare meals from scratch if you have to work 8+ hours a day, care for the kids and clean the house? Same for your partner. If there is a way to get food on the table quickly, I’ll take it.

Often times convienient food is even cheaper than fresh produce, which makes things even worse.

What to do?

At HurryTheFoodUp we’ve been thinking up and down about exactly that. How to bring healthy AND tasty food back into our busy lives? And how to keep things realistic. We only got 27 minutes a day, doh!

On that note, I’m not against processed foods in general. Vegetable broth is brilliant, store-bought mayonaise, pesto and hummus can be wonderful.

Currently, for us the answer is to find the quickest recipes possible with healthy ingredients.

There are some more tweaks like useful kitchen equipment, kitchen skills and healthy (!) processed foods, but we’ll look into it another time.

So without further ado, here are three quick and healthy recipes that will fit into your 27 minutes of kitchen time!

Enjoy 🙂

Breakfast For Future

Tropic Thunder Overnight Oats

Check out the recipe here
4.9 from 107 votes
Ready in: 5 minutes

Lunch For Future

Chickpea Flour Pancakes

Chickpea Flour Pancakes (Besan Chilla/Cheela) - Traditional Pancakes Taken To The Next Level | hurrythefoodup.com
Check out the recipe here
4.72 from 56 votes
Ready in: 10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Dinner For Future

Turkish Lentil Salad

Check out the recipe here
4.73 from 11 votes
Ready in: 7 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Alright, there you have it! Let us know how these convenient alternatives went for you!

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About Hauke Fox

I'm always on the lookout for these damn smart recipes. You know, those that only take a few minutes to put together and taste delicious. Vegetarian Cooking at home is a way to take back control over what I eat. I don't like what many companies do to animals and the environment with their products.

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