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    Eating Out Vs Home cooking

    created by mal31408 3996 days 21 hours 34 minutes ago

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    Eating Out Vs Home cooking

    Lately we have been eating out alot. And I was wondering if it's not just my family that has lost that home cooking alot. If we do cook its usually out of boxes and not some recipe that my mom made up just to have fun. How many people eat out more than they eat a home cooked meal and do you prefer it better?

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    its a national trend, kinda why we are the obese nation. nobody wants to take the time for home cooked, healthy meals. not when they just got off work and are dead tired. they jsut stop for a burger, or pizza. its readily available and cheap. most people do chose to eat out regularly, or get fast food to take home. Also eating out in resturants is easier than cooking too. and it gets a lot of faimlies to spend at least a little time together that otherwise would be oding there own thing.

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    My family and I only eat out about once or twice a week. This could be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We enjoy making home cook meals and prefer the taste. We only eat out when we are not close to home and it's late or when we are craving something we don't know how to make or can't make as well - like pizza.

    I notice our health is much better when we eat at home more often and I don't feel so weighed down. We eat a variety of foods when we cook at home instead of so much fried foods and red meat. We cook steaks, stir fry, tacos, casseroles, etc.

    I really think if more people ate at home more often, there would not be so much obesity in this country. There is a doctor that says, "don't eat it unless you have to work to get it." He advises that you shouldn't eat anything that doesn't require a little work, like an artichoke. You have to work to get to the heart. Opening a bag does not constitute work.

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    We vacillate between how much we eat at home and how much we eat out. I do notice that I prefer to eat at home most of the time, but there are times when I'm so tired or I don't have anything ready that it's just easier to go out to eat. What's also amazing is how much cheaper it is to eat at home. I can make pasta and garlic bread for dinner for the two of us, plus have some leftover for at least 2 days worht of lunches, and it might cost $6. If the two of us went to a fast food restaraunt, we could expect to spend upwards of $15.

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    We eat out alot too. Number one, we're so busy. It seems like we don't have time to really cook. I used to love to bake, but I can't tell you the last time I was able to do it. Also, groceries are so expensive, it seems you can eat out cheaper.

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    I prefer homecooking myself. I think that movies like supersize me really show just how much of a fast food nation we have become. This is why obesity is such a problem in our country. Everybody is so fast-paced and on the go, that it is easier to go through a drive through or take a seat in chilis and be in and out. Yes, it can be grueling after a long day of work and school to prepare a meal, but there are quick and healthy choices. It is so much better to have the power over what you choose to eat and control of your portions. That way you are so much healthier and get the nutrition that your body needs.

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    My live in boyfriend is a professional chef who has been cooking for over twenty years. He almost always cooks, but it's easy for him to throw an amazing meal together in less than fifteen minutes. I am having a good day if I make a couple eggs and slice a tomato to go with them.

    I try to get him to eat out when he is exhausted from work, but that rarely happens. Where I work, I constantly receive gift certificates for really nice places, but they stay in my wallet for months before we bother to use them. Every now and then, one will expire.

    I think we both honestly prefer to eat at home because eating out is usually not as healthy. Plus we can graze all day instead of eating one huge meal.

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    For a single man like me home cooking becomes very time-demanding. I definitely eat out, but since I can afford this everyday, then I eat food that comes already done in a box. Yesterday at night I had top ramen as a dinner. Sometimes I worry myself if this is enough for a full time student with two jobs, umm, maybe not, but this meal was reachable so I decided to eat it.

    When my mom was here, she used to prepare me wonderful Peruvian meals, I dont know how she did it, but she figured out the spices we have here and molded them to get something close to the Peruvian spices, and of course her meals were delicious.

    A home cooked meal can never be compared to a frozen food already done because in a home cooked meal you are putting one more ingredient which is home taste, lol, anyway, my luck is not like others, and I just have to stay with frozen food.

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    My family eats at home all the time (except a few birthdays) for two main reasons:

    1. We can't afford to eat out
    2. We are a family of 6, even if we could afford it we probably wouldn't because that would be a waste of money. Why spend at least $60 for one meal when we can buy 3 days worth of food for that same price?

    I can say that sometimes I wish we could eat out. I love home cooking, and often prefer it to the places that I have eaten out at. But it's just that there's so many places people will mention that I've never had the opportunity to go (Olive Garden, and more that I can't think of the names of because I've never been there).

    If we are lucky enough to get to eat something other than home cooking, it's usually something cheap--fast food (McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Checkers) or Chinese/Jamaican boxed foods that we share.

    I am thankful, though, because I've learned to follow a recipe like a chef and I can cook/bake/broil/sautée/boil/deep fry almost anything. I've cooked American, Jamaican, and Italian dishes. And they're all YUMMY!

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    I seem to be eating out more and more. Part of the problem for me is that I cannot eat beef, pork, or chicken. So preparing seafood that is actually good can be a chore; I don't just want to eat fruits and veggies all of the time. When I do that, I am always hungry and cranky.

    The problem is that I am so broke all of the time, that my eating out might be getting a (gross) fish fillet sandwich, or something else that is so cheap, I wonder what is actually in it.

    I love cooking at home, but working two jobs while taking 18 hours takes a toll on me. Now that the holidays are here, I can cook at home more, but I am also working more to save up for next semester, so it is very cyclical.

    If I could I would eat a home cooked meal every night, but with my situation right now, it isn't something that can be feasible done.

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    I cook at home almost every night. I work full time an hour away from home (my husband does too) and he works a second job. We still find time to cook healthy meals. The secret is to actually learn how to cook. Cooking at home doesn't always mean that we are having an elaborate meal. Sometimes it means a big salad and some leftover grilled chicken on the top. I also used extra money in college (the first time around) to invest in really good pans and knives (not necessarily expensive). I got them at a restaurant supply store and they will last my entire life.
    When we actually do go out to eat, I often think that I could have made that myself for about half the price. So when we do have that opportunity to eat at a restaurant, I try to make it a place has food that I don't care to make myself or where the experience of being served is part of what I pay for. This is why I never eat at fast food places; the food sucks and so does the service.
    I think when people say they don't have time to cook, it often means that they do not know how to cook. It takes less time (and money)for me to whip out a pan of pasta and sauce than it does to run to Taco Bell. (And I don't feel like crap after I eat.) And then I know what I'm putting into my body.
    Why is it easier/better to go out than to cook? As far as I can tell the only thing different is the cost/quality ratio. Can someone please explain?

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    We eat out alot when the kids are away with the other parents. But when they are here I TRY TO MAKE A GOOD MEAL HERE A THERE. tHEY LIKE MASHED POTATOES, CORN GRAVY. WE EAT ALOT OF CHICKEN. sO WE LIKE TO EAT OUT WHEN THERE GONE BECAUSE OF COURSE CHEAPER BUT I like salads and he does not. iI am not sure what is cheaper or better sometimes those boxes are full of salt and we definatley don't need more of that.

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    I eat out more than I should. I work two jobs and I don't have time, or sometimes bread to make sandwitches with to make my lunch or dinner. When I do eat out I usually go to places that have ready made sandwhiches instead of fast food burgers. I think eating out is something we have to succumb to in a fast paced world.

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    I love home cooked food, it always tastes better. However I don't mind eating outside. There are people who are professionals and can cook very delicious.

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    I cook every night. I NEVER use box anything. But I love to cook and bake, so that is part of the reason.On my day off from work, every week, I bake a few loaves of bread (and no bread machine for this girl!)for the week as well as make all my pastas and anything else I might crave. I then make something fresh every night or eat left overs. I dont use anything processed and use mostly all organic ingredients. (ONLY local and organic for meat! Yuck, to think about the horrors of the the mass butcheries!)
    I like to eat out when I know that I cant cook it-example: Chinese food or sushi. I make up all my own recipes, or check out recipes online and finesse them up to what I will like..
    But that is how my mom and grandma are as well..so that must just run in the family.I think it helps that I love to cook/bake-so much so that I am going to open a small bakery/cafe in the next two years.