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Why Home Cooked Meals Can Strengthen Your Family Bonds

Updated on July 7, 2012

In this day and age, many families are waking up and rushing around going from one event to another all day long. Too many times meals consist of easy microwavable versions of eggs and bacon, toasted waffles, sugary cereal with little health benefits, processed lunch meats, chips, and boxed or canned foods that can be opened and heated within a few minutes. Then once meals have been completed, the families often run off to extra activities like kids soccer and gymnastics.

Far too often people think that to prepare delicious and nutritious home cooked meals you must spend a lot of money and spend at least an hour preparing and cooking every meal. This is a misconception. Home cooks like Rachel Ray, Paula Deen and Barefoot Contessa have created whole tv shows around showing those at home that meals can be quick, easy and affordable all in less time than it takes to get showered, dressed and out the door for work.

Home cooked meals can strengthen your family bonds in many ways. If you have children who are old enough to help out in the kitchen, you can spend the time together talking about your days, your likes and your plans for the future. You can teach them how to do math calculations, learn to appreciate what it takes to put a delicious meal together and allow them to know that you love spending time with them and are always there for them.

Once you have cooked your nutritious meal, take the time to sit down at the table. For some families, this is the only time of the day that everyone is in the same place at the same time. Turn the tv off, or any other distracting things, and just sit down and talk to each other. Too many families are growing up not knowing each other or caring what the other members are doing all because there is so little time spent in the week where they actually spend a little quality time together.

If you do not own a cook book with simple recipes in your home, you can always take a few minutes during your lunch break to do a quick search online for easy home cooking recipes. There are numerous sites that are sharing their recipes now and with many people feeling the need to cook something fast, recipes with only a few ingredients and fast cooking times can be found within minutes.

If you are more of a social person rather than someone who wants to scour the net, you can jump onto facebook or twitter and see what groups you can find, or ask your friends and followers for a few recipes that their families love. When you serve up your family delicious fresh meals instead of something dumped from a box, they will be more inclined to stick around at home and spend time with you knowing that they will be able to indulge in such tasty treats.

If you do find you are strapped for time and need to be able to have meals already prepared, you should use a slow cooker (otherwise known as a crock pot). You can then put the roast or pork chops or whatever you would like to make into it in the morning before work, put it on low and when you come home, all you need to do is make a salad, some potatoes and you are good to go(you can even chop potatoes in half and throw them in with the meat, you will want to keep the pieces big enough that they don't fall apart throughout the day though, so don't cut them in cubes). I love my slow cooker and you can always find excellent slow cooker recipes as well.


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    • ebookshack profile imageAUTHOR

      Melanie Bremner 

      6 years ago from Canada

      twilanelson, I so agree. I came from a family of six kids and 2 working parents and dinner time was often the only time we had together so no matter where we were, we usually made sure we never skipped a meal. Today cooking, spending time in the kitchen and dinners still remain treasured moments when all of our families can get together(usually only once or twice a year since we are spread out from as far as Italy to Vancouver and then on down to Tennessee.)

      Enjoy your loved ones!

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      Twila Nelson 

      6 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Thank you for a thoughtful and compassionate Hub. It is true that family members tend to stay closer to home at dinner time if they know there is something extra special for dinner (especially the older they get). This is the perfect time to learn and share all of the news of the day. I love including the entire family when cooking for special occasions, even the youngest grandchild loves to help. Have a wonderful day!


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