One of my favorite shows on the Food Network is 30 Minute Meals, where celebrity chef and host Rachel Ray makes savory and well-balanced meals in 30 minutes or less.
The whole premise behind the show is that anybody can find the time to make a delicious meal in a short time, and I can attest to the fact that it is possible and it is a lot of fun.
My wife and I are very busy people, but whenever we got the chance to watch the show, we did. We decided that we would start trying some of our own 30 minute meals because we were tired of spending the money on restaurants and we wanted to be healthier and set a good example for our children.
We went to the grocery store and bought all kinds of healthy ingredients like boneless, skinless chicken breast, fresh salmon, whole wheat rolls and breads, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, of course, and brought it home and started to plan our menus.
The whole idea was that we had to prepare meals that were desirable and tasty, and do so in less than 30 minutes. We kind of followed the show as a frame of reference, but we actually came up with most of our meal plans on our own, and with great results.
At first, the 30 minute meals were more like 40 to 45 minute meals, but we were still making them fairly quickly and we all loved the way they tasted. For the first few days, our kids kind of grumbled because they missed some of their favorite fast foods and sweets, but before long, they wanted the meals we were making as a family and even started to help make them.
The 30 minute meals became a reality after about two weeks, when we had it down to a fine art and started to see great results. We were eating a lot healthier, my wife and I were both losing weight and getting into better shape, and we were saving a lot of money.
One of the things that we always noticed about the Food Network show “30 Minute Meals” was that Rachel Ray was always saying don’t use a lack of time as an excuse. My wife and I took that to heart, and stopped using it as an excuse.
For dinner practically every night now, we will make our own 30 minute meals, and we all really like making them. It is a time that we can all get together for a little while and work together to create something that we can all sit down and enjoy together as a family.