Today I came home from school and just couldn’t keep my eyes open. I’m pretty sure I could have slept all day if I’d allowed myself.
It was my usual grocery shopping day, so some of my perishable staples were running low. But there was no way I could muster the energy to get myself to the store, let alone cook.
It sure would have been nice to push a button on my computer to download a fully cooked meal. Particularly if it was healthier and cheaper than the take-out options available.
Obviously though, while there may not be much that surprises me about the pace of change and new developments in the tech world, we’re not near that point yet where we can click a mouse and have food magically appear, and it's highly unlikely that we ever will be.
But, luckily, I have a fallback option that is almost as convenient and easy as downloadable food.
I picked the container labeled Hearty Lentil Soup from among the offerings and set it to defrost in the microwave.
It was then simply a matter of making a fresh, tossed green salad to go along with it, and voilà! I had a very nice dinner on the table in minutes without breaking a sweat or going off budget.
They were a godsend during the long busy period when I was running around like a crazy woman handling the logistics of my four kids’ activities.
And I appreciated them even more when I was dealing with the workload and very long days of working, going to grad school and running a household besides.
I look back on those incredibly hectic times and wonder how I managed to keep my sanity.
The "fast food" in my freezer was definitely a good coping mechanism that helped tremendously. Aside from saving precious time, the meals were and are healthier and cheaper than anything you buy at restaurants, Costco or elsewhere.
They were satisfying and nutritious, and helped keep us all in good health, even during very stressful times when being run-down would have heightened the risk of getting sick.
I recommend using this “freezer plan” approach yourself.
Plan ahead, cook in quantity on the weekend or when you have a slower day, and store some extra food in the freezer for a later date.
Label and date it for easy identification.
It's the next best thing to downloadable food, probably a whole lot tastier than that will ever be, and an easy way to save money and your sanity.