Over the last couple years, I’ve been trying to cook at home more often AND cook from scratch. I still have a long way to go, and may never make every single thing from scratch, but I have come a long way since getting married 5 years ago! 🙂 I have found some really great perks to cooking at home and cooking from scratch.
1) Saves money. A general rule is the more convenient something is, the more expensive it is.
2) You can control what goes in. This helps if maybe your child has allergies or you just worry about chemicals, dyes, etc.
3) You can control flavor. Really spicy vs. more mild, really chocolatey vs. less chocolatey, more sauce vs. less….you get the idea.
4) Your family will appreciate it. Even if a meal flops sometimes, your family will be thankful that you work so hard for them. Maybe kids don’t always appreciate it, but they definitely will when they are older! I know I do 🙂
5) It’s fun! I really like being creative in the kitchen. The more you experiment, the more comfortable you feel trying new things.
6) When you do go out to eat, it’s a treat. It’s something special your family can do together once in a while, your kids get excited!
7) As a wife and mother, you feel fulfilled. It brings great satisfaction to work hard in the kitchen preparing a nice meal, then get to sit and enjoy it with the people you love. (It wouldn’t hurt if someone else did the dishes and clean up afterwards, but what can ya do? 😉 )
8) Learning experiences for kids. Depending on age, of course, let them help. Not only will they learn for their own adulthood, but it creates great bonding moments!
9) Leftovers! Maybe not all the time, but sometimes you can have leftover food for lunch the next day.
10) Spending quality time with your family. Of course you can spend quality time together at a restaurant. However, at home there is no one constantly coming up to the table “Is everything alright?” “Need anything?” “Here’s your bill.” “Please leave already so we can seat the next people.” (The last one is just a joke. 😉 ) You can spend as long as you want, or need, at the dinner table together. I have heard that children who eat a structured dinner with their family most every night do better in school, other activities, and are just happier in general.
Cooking at home definitely takes practice and trial & error. You will mess up sometimes and will have to make a quick drive to McD’s. It is a lot of work, but I think it is worth it 🙂