So here’s the deal with food. Over the years I’ve learned that all foods and recipes fall into three categories- it is either fast, cheap or healthy. What I’ve found is you can usually get 2 out of 3 but the 3 out of 3 foods are very rare (egg dishes almost always fit all 3 but its still hard to find)
For instance, ramen noodles are fast and cheap but definitely not healthy. A salad is usually fast (depending on chopping time) and healthy but isn’t cheap. Homemade veggie burgers may be healthy and cheap but not fast. Macaroni and cheese is fast and cheap but not healthy. Seafood like crab and mussels are healthy and fast but definitely not cheap. You get the idea.
In the end I think you have to pick which 2 areas you are going to focus on most. If you have the budget than you can focus on fast and healthy. If you don’t than focus on healthy and cheap. If health isn’t as big a deal focus on fast and cheap. Etc.
I just find this type of prioritizing to be helpful. You cannot focus on everything. Perhaps with kids there is a fourth factor of ‘kid friendly’. I’m not sure.
For me, I focus more on fast and healthy and less on cheap. Not that I’ll be buying caviar or lobster daily but its just where your focus is. To make things faster I may pay more to buy some salad bar items or prepared items from the deli.
I guess my trifecta doesn’t apply to deserts because let’s be honest 2 out of 3 would rarely apply. I would just focus on taste for that category.
Taste is a given for anything I eat. Above all it should be tasty! This is true except for protein drinks which I detest but drink anyway because they are good for me. (And yes, I’ve tried ALL the brands…). Aside from protein drinks, I prefer to not have an instant gag reflex when I swallow food. 🙂
What do you think of my trifecta? Where do you fall on it?