Food Real Fast: Don’t Tell Me You’re Too Busy To Cook!

I was chatting with a friend about the wave of prepared food delivery services. I’m sure they are a godsend to some, but I just don’t get the appeal. The cost, the packaging, the disconnect with the food itself- it all has zero appeal for me.

Why not cook a big pot of beans on the weekend? If you don’t love to cook, which I seriously doubt is you if you’re reading this, why not use a slow cooker or pressure cooker. Even if you love to cook, they can be valuable tools. So now you have six cups of beans and their broth. The future is yours!

It’s Tuesday night. You have sausages from the store, more than likely pre-cooked. You have beans. You have a salad. What could be easier?

I would probably use great sausages, wash my lettuce lovingly and toss it with a vinaigrette. But even if you bought pre-cooked sausages, bagged salad greens and bottled dressing, I still think you’re ahead of the game. You can even make a little more so you have leftovers for work the next day.

I’m not suggesting these services go away, especially if you like them, but they’re hardly essential for most people and their inane advertising that suggests they’re cheaper than home cooking insults my intelligence.


5 Comments on Food Real Fast: Don’t Tell Me You’re Too Busy To Cook!

  1. Absolutely! I’m so with you on your thinking. I am not big on cults, but if there was a Rancho Gordo bean cult I’d join in! I love your philosophy and love beans!😊
    For Christmas I asked for some of your products. I was lucky enough to get a wonderful assortment of beans and your cookbooks. I’ve been enjoying reading them. As a child who grew up in the 1960’s on an organic farm in San Diego your words really resonate with me. Thank you for doing the work that you do. I am truly appreciative!
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    • Let’s start a “nice” cult! The only requirement might be that food is important. I think if you start there, the logic of home cooking has to follow.
      I love that we were part of your Christmas!
      Let’s have a great new year.

      • Yes!
        A nice one! I know it sounds sappy, but kindness is my religion. My new year has been great so far. I’m settling in with my seed catalogs getting set for planting season. I have some big beans soaking tonight. (Went to Greece last year and am excited to make some gigantic beans!) Next week I am hosting a party for our friends who are going to Mexico (Baja) to live. And of of course, I am making some lovely Rancho Gordo beans for the celebration!

  2. I too have a great deal of trouble believing the packaged chef meals are cheaper. And generating left-overs is a major part of my cooking strategy – gives me stuff to take to work for lunch, as well as dinners on days when I come home to late and too tired to do anything more than grab something out of the fridge and heat it up (or not even heat it up). I really love your ideas on ways to use leftover beans – nowadays I sometimes look forward to what *else* I can do with the pound I just cooked up, besides whatever recipe I originally intended to make.

  3. I completely agree with your philosophy! It is an insult to our intelligence to think that cooking ingredients that arrive on our doorstep in a box is a good thing. It is not even convenient!
    However I think that people in general don’t think or plan their menus for the week, I know that it is a challenge for me-but I always have beans on hand!

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