I grew up in a very wealthy upper class family. My parents always were going out to eat and leaving us with a baby sitter and fast food or boxed meals. When my dad died, my mom inherited all the money and ate out at fancy restaurants 5-6 nights a week while we ate leftover meals from her night before or boxed/fast food. When she did eventually start cooking, it was always the most expensive ingredients. When she would cook she would go to the store about an hour before, buy all the ingredients, and then cook. My husband's famly ate at home 5-6 nights a week, but his mom always cooked heavy, greasy, fattening foods like rice and gravy, spaghetti and meatballs, fried whatever.
I'm having trouble with menu planning. How do you ladies do it? We are trying to cut out most (preferably all) processed foods. When you cook "homemade", do you use canned ingredients or all fresh? I have looked up so many recipes that all involve canned vegetables or soups/sauces. Do you eat sliced turkey from the store or is that "processed" too? How often do you go to the store and how do you keep vegetables fresh for your meal later on that week? Do you have any helpful recipes/tips/advice?
Coming from a family that used to eat out all the time, I am so surprised when I hear you ladies say you only eat out only once a month and don't eat junk food. i really admire you because i want my daughter to be healthy and not struggle with her weight like I do. Any sample meal plans/snacks/etc would be very welcomed. I know these sound like obvious questions to some of you but this is all new to me and my DH so please no bashing. We want to be healthy!