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BT from All Natural BT [message #331911] Fri, 05 October 2007 20:38 Go to next message
Rose  is currently offline Rose
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How much processed food do you use?[ 24 vote(s) ]
1.Almost every meal contains some processed food 1 / 4%
2.Never 0 / 0%
3.Processed food is often a component of our meals 1 / 4%
4.Occasionally use 7 / 29%
5.Only when I'm in a hurry 0 / 0%
6.Almost never 4 / 17%
7.A few meals per week contain processed foods 7 / 29%
8.Scatch cooking only 3 / 13%
9.Rarely cook from scratch 0 / 0%
10.cooking - huh? 1 / 4%
11.something else 0 / 0%

A bunny trail off a bunny trail! I am I even allowed to do that? I thought that it would be interesting to know all your cooking styles. I cook mostly pretty much solely from scratch and got to thinking about how this isn't normal when the starter of the "All Natural BT" mentioned using processed soups as bases of their soups. That's just so foreign to me but my way would be foreign to her. What processed foods do you use? Do you feel guilty when you do use them?


Rose - Official Bean Queen

wife of Joel
mom to Faith(5.5) and Paul(5)

"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." - Jesus
Re: BT from All Natural BT [message #331915 is a reply to message #331911 ] Fri, 05 October 2007 20:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Irene V  is currently offline Irene V
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Ah!!! Now this is going to be interesting.

I do cook from scratch BUT!!! there are foods that are much 'harder' to make from scratch and thus those meals I do use processed food. Then I choose the 'best' version I can find.

Example? Pasta! I can make noodles. Did for a number of years. But I find now that I purchase whole wheat noodles far more often than I make them. Time vs money vs storage space.

But I rarely if ever purchase spaghetti sauce for on top of them!!!

(and of course you can bunny trail off a bunny trail. Especially since Michele, Char and Lu-Anne can Highjack off a Highjack. Razz )


Irene V
Re: BT from All Natural BT [message #331925 is a reply to message #331911 ] Fri, 05 October 2007 21:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I grew up in a home where we ate packaged food for breakfast and lunch and ate out for supper every night. When I got married, and we couldn't afford to eat out, it was Hamburger Helper and what we affectionately called rice and soup which involved a can of cream of chicken soup and minute rice.

Later, this evolved into following cooking magazines (such as previously mentioned Taste of Home) which used lots of processed ingredients. My MIL, who cooks the most of anyone I know personally, uses lots of processed, packaged stuff when she cooks.

It has only been recently since coming here that I have even realized that many people can and do cook without convenient foods. Thus my comment to Irene in the other thread - I didn't even know you could make your own cream soups. The thought would simply have never crossed my mind.

I will keep learning and learning from you all, and my dds will know how to cook from scratch when they leave home!


Leah

Wife of Jason (17 years), mom to dd( 12 ), ds(11), dd(8) and dd(6)

I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him." Lam.3:24

Re: BT from All Natural BT [message #331990 is a reply to message #331925 ] Sat, 06 October 2007 00:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Irene V  is currently offline Irene V
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Just to add in for a moment.

I do not feel I am 'superior' to anyone who uses packages. It's just something that works for my time/pocketbook/etc. It sure doesn't make me SuperMom, or Super Christian Mom or anything.



Cool Cool Cool


Irene V
Re: BT from All Natural BT [message #331992 is a reply to message #331911 ] Sat, 06 October 2007 00:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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Maybe I shouldn't have voted, I don't have any choice...there is not much in the way of processed food here....and what they do have is NASTY.


In Him--Tracy
Re: BT from All Natural BT [message #332044 is a reply to message #331911 ] Sat, 06 October 2007 09:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Like Leah, I grew up eating processed foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I didn't even know there was another way to eat. I didn't even think about it. You want soup? Open a can. Breakfast? Open a cereal box or toast a frozen waffle.

Then I got married and slowly started trying out different recipes. I really felt lost for quite some time in the kitchen and I must admit we ate a lot of hamburger helper (something else I grew up on). Smile Eventually I started feeling more comfortable with trying new recipes, but most of them did use convenience/processed foods.

Fast forward to about three or four years ago when I started dealing with food allergies with my boys and upon doing research on the web on food and recipes I discovered a whole new world of cooking...from scratch and with wholesome ingredients. Wow! Who knew?! Laughing It has been a slow journey of learning, but now I do try to make most things from scratch for our health and our budget. I started out with one thing and then kept adding and continue to do so. I am still learning. I have a few recipes that my family love that use cream of soups and I have yet to try making those soups from scratch and so still use those on occasion. I'll have to try the recipe posted in the other thread...sounds super easy!

Jamie


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Re: BT from All Natural BT [message #332050 is a reply to message #331911 ] Sat, 06 October 2007 10:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Quote:

Just to add in for a moment.

I do not feel I am 'superior' to anyone who uses packages. It's just something that works for my time/pocketbook/etc. It sure doesn't make me SuperMom, or Super Christian Mom or anything.


Oh, Irene, I don't think you come across like this at all! I am thankful for all you ladies who will help me do it a better way! I know it is usually cheaper and especially better for my family!


Leah

Wife of Jason (17 years), mom to dd( 12 ), ds(11), dd(8) and dd(6)

I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him." Lam.3:24

Re: BT from All Natural BT [message #332056 is a reply to message #331911 ] Sat, 06 October 2007 10:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I put scratch cooking only BUT once in a while there will be some processed food thrown in. I have to do this because of dd's severe food allergies. So I generally make everything from scratch - breads (rolls, bagels, pita bread, etc.), seasoning mixes (taco, sloppy joe), broths, etc. It really is time consuming and to be honest there are days when I want to buy a frozen, t.v. dinner! Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing


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Re: BT from All Natural BT [message #332057 is a reply to message #331911 ] Sat, 06 October 2007 10:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I prefer to cook from scratch simply because I know what my family is eating and I can adapt recipes to make them more into the *whole foods* approach.

That said: With my surgeries this year and then me leaving for vacation some processed stuff did come into the house. Confused But ya know? They lived! Laughing

All in all.............scratch cooking is best nutritionally as well as fnancially. Not always cheaper but most times it is.

Most importantly I can control what we ingest.....no processed white sugars/flours/etc. I can adapt to use whole wheat flours and sugar in the raw or honey or molasses or a mixture.

I do find more nutritionally sound foods in ethnic markets...cheaper than the grocery stores or health food stores. I recently found canned roasted freekah soup and red lentil soup that have all wholesome ingredients. I do wish they were in jars but.... Confused They cost me under $2....... not badly priced, quick to heat and eat, and healthy. With our schedules lately sometimes we need something like this to eat in between activities.

Mostly I cook for the freezer. This way we don't have to eat take-out or processed foods if time is crunchy. Pull a meal out the night before.........allow to defrost in the fridge. Place in toaster oven to cook. Make a quick salad with fixin's. Wash and dice some fruits and voila! Dinner is served in a matter of moments.

Planning is KEY! Plan your freezer meals. Make things your family likes. Plan....plan...........plan...................




Your Sista-Chick in Christ and Friend


Re: BT from All Natural BT [message #332058 is a reply to message #332056 ] Sat, 06 October 2007 10:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Terri in NY wrote on Sat, 06 October 2007 09:12

to be honest there are days when I want to buy a frozen, t.v. dinner! Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing




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Re: BT from All Natural BT [message #332059 is a reply to message #331911 ] Sat, 06 October 2007 10:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Almost never in my cooking. However, we are eating out too much.

I cook from scratch mostly, but my meals are very simple.

And I do have frozen snacky things for hungry, visiting teens. I try to throw in healthy with all the kid-food snacks. I want them to feel welcome and part of that with teen boys seems to include plenty of junk food, but I do offer choices.

And for cooking and baking I try to find the best healthier alternative and also avoid them saying, "Uhm, what's in this?"

Having said all that, I will say that my favorite meal, that is comfort food, is this:

That boxed stuffing mix with cream of chicken soup as a sauce/gravy base with baked chicken. With canned green beans.

If something bad happened and I needed to go crawl into a corner, that is what I would eat.

I rarely, RARELY make it, like maybe once last year. \

[Updated on: Sat, 06 October 2007 10:22]


God is Love.
Re: BT from All Natural BT [message #332233 is a reply to message #332059 ] Sat, 06 October 2007 16:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I do not use any PROCESSED foods but I have been known to use a few CONVENIENCE foods. There is a difference. Hamburger Helper is a unhealthy processed food (IMO). However, I am the first to admit the concept of hamburger helper is a good one (convenience). I do not cook 100% from scratch 100% of the time. I do use things like premixed bulk pilaf (combo of wild and brown rice, an assortment of dried veggies), jarred spaghetti sauce, whole grain breakfast cereals (all natural ingredients with raw sugars and no preservatives), canned soups (Amy's and Muir Glen which I love for a quick, light lunch for me or to take to work), Annie's whole wheat organic mac and cheese (my son loves this stuff. It is a nice treat for him once in a while).


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Re: BT from All Natural BT [message #332373 is a reply to message #331911 ] Sat, 06 October 2007 22:35 Go to previous message
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I prefer to cook from scratch, but dh was raised on processed food, & still requests certain things.

I make the big meal at lunch time, & dh takes it to work for lunch the next day. This is usually made from scratch. Dinner is usually salad, sandwiches, soup, or prepared foods. They are egg rolls, fish sticks, taquitos, things mostly from CostCo are what dh wants. The one thing I really wish he did not want is hot dogs. No, I can't buy the health food kind. They have to be Oscar Meyer or Kaspers.

I make breakfast from scratch, mostly.

Trader Joe's has a lot of healthy prepared food. (Most of it is ethnic, & too spicy for us, tho.)


Lucille
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