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    The importance of cooking

    I heard a radio interview with Michael Pollan, a nutrition expert, about the importance of preparing our food ourselves -- in other words cooking. He says cooking is the single most important thing we can do to safeguard our health. He explains that corporations that are in the business of preparing food shop badly. They buy the cheapest foods and then try to dress it up with salt, sugar and fat to make the food palatable and to save money. Also they put a lot of additives into the food to make it last longer and we're putting all this stuff into our digestive systems.

    A lot of people argue that they just don't have the time to cook. But the truth is we tend to find the time to do something if it's important to us. For example, the average person spends two hours a day on the Internet.

    After hearing all this I decided to start cooking more than I do now. What do you think?

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    Michael Pollan is brilliant and anything he says regards food is worth taking seriously.

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    Re: The importance of cooking

    I totally agree. We are both great cooks but realize how many excuses we can find not to do it, so we have made changes on how we view the situation. I am the house manager, so I make it a point of having a well stocked pantry and fridge, we also plan ahead by talking about recipes that we want to try for the upcoming week. Cooking can be a lot of fun and it does not have to take a lot of time. I especially enjoy when I want to make something different and realize that I can go into the kitchen and put a meal together in a short amount of time with things that I already have. Keep on cooking!

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    I have to agree, and then, I have to get my lazy ass up to learning to cook more. It's EASY for me to warm something up, but hard to get myself to take the proper time to make a meal... so obviously I have to marry a man that can cook better than I can.
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    Re: The importance of cooking

    I agree with your OP in principle, but I don't like cleaning up the mess nor all the hassles of cooking. So, dining out wins.

    I avoid fast food restaurants, but I do frequent dine-in restaurants. Ruby Tuesdays has a wonderful salad bar and grilled salmon. Cheddar's has an excellent chicken pot pie. Pancho's has a great shredded beef chimichanga. I like Subway's turkey and Blackforest ham sandwich with lots of veggies too.

    I track my calories, fats, proteins, etc with an app call myfitnesspal. It works great.

    On those occasions when I stay home to eat, Marie Callender has excellent frozen meals. The calories of each meal are printed on the front of the box which makes selection at the grocery freezer easy.

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    Re: The importance of cooking

    I love to cook.
    I love to shop for fresh produce at outdoor markets.

    This is my the best time of year for fresh fruits and vegetables.
    I make lots of salads (especially tomato and cucumber salad) and cook lots of things (zucchini) to throw into the freezer for winter.
    I make stuffed peppers and freeze them too.


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    Re: The importance of cooking

    Pollan is correct.

    Cooking doesn't need to be an all-or-nothing affair. Just cooking once a week ought to increase your healthy food intake.

    Make a big pot of soup or beans, a little batch of fresh vinaigrette for greens, a baked dish, a roasted chicken, whatever, and then enjoy the leftovers for a day or two.

    A little cooking is better than no cooking.

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    I am moving to live above the biggest and longest running fresh market in Kansas City. I agree entirely that you will eat much better food if you create what you're putting into your gullet. The only way I disagree is when you find and use a restaurant that embodies that same spirit of good food. I try not to eat in chain restaurants ever. Sometimes I do, but I avoid doing so. The local sushi place and the Thai Noodle shop make their food in front of me and from organic and wholesome ingredients. That I can go along with on dining out. Let's not forget that the standard american fair is not healthy per se. Fried Chicken, buttered corn, mayo based cole slaw, red meat... so it also depends on what variety you like and how adventurous you are with your pallet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayHawk View Post
    ...so it also depends on what variety you like and how adventurous you are with your pallet.
    Just beware splinters.

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    If you are buying it from an American Supermarket it is loaded with corn (even the packaging) and thus unhealthy.
    The more something it processed the more unhealthy it usually is.

    They have breed "flour" to the point that it has little health value, but can keep up with demand.
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    I love cooking, but I have to have K read the labeling as I can't see it. My trick with cooking is I clean up the mess as I go, so when the pan goes in the oven or stovetop there's nothing left to wash. Works well for me. And there's an Asian Market (big sign on the front of the door) so getting veggies is great. And their meat section is superb. I can't praise the store enough. Unfortunately It's too far to walk, so some of the recipes have to be made within 3 days of shopping because some of the veggies that's called for wilt pretty damn quick. Our fridge is also busted, the freezer only freezes in one spot, the lower left hand corner, and the rest of the freezer is merely really cold. We wrote off the fridge portion long ago, now we just store 'no need to refrigerate' items in it, like carrots and cheese. Damn landlord won't fix the fridge. Or the gaping hole in my bedroom roof. Fucker.

    There's websites out there if anyone wants to start to learn cooking. Starts out really simple, and there's a - lot - of food you can make if you give yourself 20 minutes or so.
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    I don't have the time to cook.

    And I have no problem keeping my hours on the internet, because I get boatloads of valuable information from the net.

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    I can cook a little bit but I know I have a tendency to fall back on processed food when school gets too overbearing. I should flex my cooking muscles more!

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    We eat out too much because we run so much - but I've been pushing for us to eat home cooking more.
    We buy fresh meat and veggies and frozen.

    For those who say they don't have time to cook - a crock pot can be your friend - stew beef or chicken, some stock, simmer, add frozen veggies towards the end so they aren't mush - you can eat leftovers for a few days. Save yourself a lot of time and money.

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    I would definitely cook for dinner every night if able. Love to cook, helps me keep my stress level at a minimum. Especially after a hectic day, during my uni years.

    But since I live with my mum now that I'm working, I have food ready when I get back most of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoufOfKhaos View Post
    I have to agree, and then, I have to get my lazy ass up to learning to cook more. It's EASY for me to warm something up, but hard to get myself to take the proper time to make a meal... so obviously I have to marry a man that can cook better than I can.
    I am with you on that! My future husband will have to be a bit better at cooking; however, I do enjoy learning and trying out new recipes. My dad makes an amazing grilled salmon after marinating it in soy, teriyaki, and oyster sauces. I'm a pescetarian, which means the only meat I eat is seafood, and salmon is by far my most favorite fish to eat, so that dish is definitely one I want to perfect very soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckynumbah7 View Post
    I love cooking, but I have to have K read the labeling as I can't see it. My trick with cooking is I clean up the mess as I go, so when the pan goes in the oven or stovetop there's nothing left to wash. Works well for me. And there's an Asian Market (big sign on the front of the door) so getting veggies is great. And their meat section is superb. I can't praise the store enough. Unfortunately It's too far to walk, so some of the recipes have to be made within 3 days of shopping because some of the veggies that's called for wilt pretty damn quick. Our fridge is also busted, the freezer only freezes in one spot, the lower left hand corner, and the rest of the freezer is merely really cold. We wrote off the fridge portion long ago, now we just store 'no need to refrigerate' items in it, like carrots and cheese. Damn landlord won't fix the fridge. Or the gaping hole in my bedroom roof. Fucker.

    There's websites out there if anyone wants to start to learn cooking. Starts out really simple, and there's a - lot - of food you can make if you give yourself 20 minutes or so.
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    I've been into healthy eating for decades. Now that I'm getting older, it's paying off. There are no age lines in my face. My boss is 3 years younger than me, but looks 20 years older. I'm mostly vegetarian and make almost all of my food. I'm having salad with garlic vinegarette as I type this. It's important to exercise, too. Eating right and exercising are the 2 things that we have control over that pay off big time both now and down the road.

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    The Food Network = free culinary school!

    Chopped as taught me many important things. Like how 'quinoa' is correctly pronounced KEEN-WA instead of KWIN-OH-A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dereperez View Post
    I can cook a little bit but I know I have a tendency to fall back on processed food when school gets too overbearing. I should flex my cooking muscles more!
    This is me. I'm not gonna lie - Especially back during the spring, when I was getting (if I was lucky) 3 or 4 hours of sleep a day, between two jobs and college, I was so thankful to work in a supermarket (easy access to frozen dinners and roasted chicken) with a McDonalds across the street.

    Now, that my situation has changed drastically (no longer work at that supermarket, and will be walking to work everyday), I can start doing a little bit better.

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    Eating healthy food is not always about cooking it yourself.Most of the time its about wise choices.

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    I love to cook, I spend most of my free time in the kitchen. Cooking is not difficult and as someone mentioned the tv food network is like free lessons. I love to watch chefs who make easy delicious meals, Ina Garten is fantastic and so is Lydia Bastianich. Their meals are relatively easy to prep and taste great. I love that my friends and family know that when they come to my house we are going to eat great food. It nurtures me.....
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    I don't eat fast foods with the exception of the occasional turkey burger and the foods I go out a lot to eat (Seafood/Salads/Falafels/Mexican/Salvadoran/Asian) are from restaurants that I know have good food practices. The only corporate one in the bunch would be Sweet Tomatoes and they use fresh and local.

    I cook maybe 1/2 of the time but it is basic...I like my veggies al dente and I cook a lot of fish and chicken...I make a lot of stuff with pesto....he cooks too but basically similar to me....never did care much for beef or pork.

    I think it is important to know what is in your food whether you cook it at home or eat out.

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    I love cooking and make most of my meals.

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    f you don't mind leftovers, fresh cooking doesn't take a huge amount of time. I make most of our meals -- breakfast, lunch and dinner -- with fresh or minimally processed food. In addition to individual meals, each week I usually make big batches of a couple of main dishes to pack in our lunches or eat for dinner on the nights I don't have time to cook something else.

    I also make a week's supply of quinoa, which I eat almost every day. The great thing about quinoa, besides being higher in protein than most grains, is that it is the most foolproof grain to cook, and it re-heats well. I do the same with oatmeal; with a little added water, it's fine reheated.

    I don't like cooking, but I don't want to eat packaged food, so I've found some things that work for me.

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    90% of our meals are prepared at home from whole foods. We do eat processed flour products and maybe eat out once every two weeks on average.

    Of course I am in the middle of losing some extra weight because we both can cook and bake up a storm. After 33 years...it starts to tell on one.

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