Every Monday, I pull out a meaningful quote from one of the great books or articles I'm reading and share it with you. I invite you to look for inspirational words in what you read and share them each week in the comments.
This week's quotes come from an article I just read in a homeschooling magazine. I won't say who published it or who the author is, because I know they're well-intentioned and I'm not interested in attacking them – just the information. The basic point of the article was to help busy homeschooling families get dinner on the table every day in thirty minutes or less. In general, I thought the author gave some helpful tips – like making menus, keeping your pantry stocked, and doing as much as you can ahead of time (this is key for me).
But even so, in a recipe that is called healthy, the author called for a can of cream of chicken soup. Excuse me? Cream of Chicken Soup's ingredients include:
modified food starch, MSG, Soy Protein Concentrate, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Soy Protein Isolate, Soy Lecithin, Nonfat Dry Milk, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil, Lipolyzed Butter Oil, and Butter Flavor, among other almost non-pronounceable ingredients.
What is wrong with all this? It isn't real or whole, for one thing. This is processed-food city, big time.
Next, as one of the “do as many things as you can ahead of time” tips, the author calls for making up a large amount of rice and freezing it in zipper-seal bags. That's great! Just please, folks, skip the “it thaws in the microwave in less than five minutes” step! Plastic and the microwave do NOT go together, unless you want to eat plastic. (To her credit, the author suggests thawing it overnight in the fridge, too.) Have you seen my article on how easy it is to reheat foods WITHOUT a microwave?
Finally, the author suggests making and freezing broth from cut up chicken parts – which is a very good thing. But at the very end of the broth-making, she says to “remove fat before moving jars to freezer.” I know this is because most people think saturated fats are bad for you. But we need saturated fats. I should add though that it is important to choose naturally- and organically- raised animals for your meat, to ensure the most healthful animal fats.
So now we've got
hundreds of thousands of homeschooling families reading an article that calls these things healthy: Cream of Chicken soup, plastic in the microwave, and removal of chicken fat. It just riles me up!
Since I've just pointed out what's wrong with this article, I'll share one really, really good tip from the end. Freeze meal-sized portions of casserole leftovers in a freezer container – Dad can grab one out of the freezer on his way out the door in the morning and it will be thawed in time for lunch.
What do you think? Please share in the comments – and if you're quick on the draw, I'd love for you to share a snippet of something you read this week that inspired (even angered!) you this week. Be sure to state the title and author, and/or give a link if appropriate.
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