5 Steps to Avoid Fast Food

how to avoid eating fast food



You know the feeling, you are on your way and it’s way after 6 p.m. and everyone is grumbling and hungry. But you know the cupboard is bare or that it’s going to take you at least an hour to get the food on the table. That will throw off the rest of the night, pushing bedtime back to 10 pm and leaving you with cranky kids the next day! The simplest thing  at the moment to do is to stop and grab so fast food and head home and maintain the schedule. But what if with a bit a planning you could avoid the Fast Food Trap?

5 Steps to avoid Fast Food
  1.  Meal plan with your weekly schedule in mind, if you have a busy day make sure you have a crock pot meal on the agenda so when you get home you are too tired to cook and will feel like you must grab fast food.
  2. Double up on what you cook so you can freeze some of it’ and you have ready to go homemade food in your freezer. If you cannot double what you are cooking then buy a few pre-made meals like Lasagnas, Taquitos or one of those any large frozen casserole. They are not the healthiest thing you can eat but the beat eating fast food any day!
  3.  Pre-cook your meats so your meat is frozen and ready to go in the freezer so you can throw a meal together without a lot of prep work. If getting dinner on the table is just a matter of opening 3-4 cans & a bag of pre-cooked meat you can have it ready in a matter of minutes with very little effort.
  4.  Pre-cut and freeze your veggies (onions, green peppers esp..) so you can simply toss them in. I like to flash freeze these items so I can simply scoop it out and put it in to the meal.
  5.  Declare a Smorgasbord and just pull out leftovers and set up a buffet. Or eat sandwiches or cereals or whatever you know you have on hand. We must recognize it is okay to feed your family sandwiches, left overs, cereal or what ever. It’s normally much healthier then fast food!
Additional Resources to avoid Fast Food:
  1. Do you need help reigning in the Fast Food Monster , meal planning or saving Money on Food? Check out my e-book “Simple Guide to Save Money on Food” .
  2. Grocery Shopping & More Meal Planning (Beg. Level)
  3. Pre-cut Veggies
  4. Pre-brown your meats

Finally, remember to give yourself grace as you work on quickly eliminating the fast food consumption at your home. But within a few weeks you should be able to regain the reigns of control at your home.

God be with you!

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

33 thoughts on “5 Steps to Avoid Fast Food

  1. Great thoughts! You are so right that fast food seems so easy in a pinch and I’ve been trying to cut down on it too. I have done so much better once I realized there is no shame in sandwiches for dinner, if need be! Thanks for linking up today!
    -S.L. Payne, uncommongrace.net

  2. These are great ideas…. it is a fact that there will be many times that we need food …. FAST… people are hungry, grouchiness is growing, pressure is mounting, bedtime is close, etc, etc………… what a joy to have something hot and fragrant waiting in the crockpot. We use it most days in the winter and many times in the summer. It is amazing that you put ingredients in it in the morning and by evening they have melded together to smell and taste amazing……. AND it can be done very frugally. 🙂

  3. Some great tips! I love my crock pot. It’s so nice to get the meal done in the morning and relax at dinner time. : )

    I’m visiting from the ‘Wednesdays prayer girls’ link-up.

  4. It seems like the older I get, the less energy I have and the more responsibilities I have. So with less time and energy than ever, I’m supposed to continue being a creative cook. Sometimes I just fall into a routine. But at least if you have your pantry stocked with non-perishable foods that you can make into a meal in less than 30 min, it can avoid the cost of eating out.

    1. Susan, I agree that’s why I have simplified my cooking. I made a 10 week dinner schedule so I could stock up on what we use, chop and precook meats to save time. Because by the time I get to the end of the day I’m done! After 35ish I think most folks have a serious daily energy drain!

  5. These are great ideas. I know I am terrible at meal planning, but it really does help when dinnertime comes and mom is tired!! Lately, I have been re-doing meals. If I have leftovers, I work to try to change it up and make something new out of it. It helps with making a meal and not having so much waste!

    1. I do that too I call it my food pyramid if you search for it you;ll like some of the ideas listed. It’s also included in my book the Simple Guide to Save Money. 🙂

  6. I agree. I really like meal planning. That can save you so often. You can also plan and cook 2 meals at a time, which will really save you from running to fast foods.

  7. I really do not like fast food and everything that goes with it – money sucker, waist enlarger, and tasteless! I do freezer cooking and try to plan ahead. Thanks for your tips!

  8. I agree! Where I lived before, there was no such thing, so it wasn’t a problem. I was far away from any temptations to run-n-grab. Now I’m not, so it’s back to making sure meals are well-planned. Fortunately, I just moved right around the corner from this AWESOME little hispanic/latino grocery store. All the foods there are amazing, natural and inexpensive. 😀

    Thanks for joining the #laughlearnlinkup!

  9. Thanks for linking up with us a the Mommy Needs a Timeout Thursday Linky. Hope to see you again this week. Party starts Wednesday night at 8 pm EST!
    Lauren
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  10. We have a lot of time struggling to spend meals at home in the weekends and also in the supper time. Boys are growing and it seems it is not enough for them for only having dinner at home. They often ask more for supper outside. I think I need to start arranging a deposit of meals for supper. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I love my meal plans… it keeps me eating healthy!

    Thanks for sharing and linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

  12. Hello Kyle! I found you at Thrifty Thursday and have to say I enjoyed this post! I’ve never thought about precooking meat for some reason, but it does make sense. especially chicken and items you buy in bulk and generally have to process down to smaller portions anyway!

    Great ideas! Keep it up!

    Jill

  13. For the longest time I felt like supper had to be at X o’clock and had to be a main course with a couple of sides. If I couldn’t provide that then we’d eat out. Then one day I realized I was putting all of these silly restrictions on myself that were not necessary. We just need something to sustain us for a night!

    I love the suggestion of browning meats ahead of time. Totally doable and would make throwing a meal together so simple.

  14. Very practical steps 🙂 Now, can you help me to not like it as much 😉 I found you at Thrifty Thursday, and I think we have a lot in common. I will be checking out your homeschool info!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Amanda, I have found the less I eat it the less I crave it. But frankly I still love me some Chickfila I just try to refrain except when we are traveling 😀 !

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