Home cooked is flavour of the day
GIVEN all the recent hype surrounding obesity levels and the scourge of junk food, you could be forgiven for thinking the days of the good old home-cooked meal were numbered.
But a recent report into Australian families' eating habits has shown our love of a simple steak and vegies or a Sunday roast is as strong as ever.
The report, commissioned by whitegoods company Westinghouse, claimed 87 per cent of households cooked their evening meal at home on any given day - with one in five dishing out steak or lamb chops with vegetables or salad.
Raceview couple Nick and Kim Baas agreed that taking the extra time to prepare a home-cooked meal was cheaper and better for the long-term wellbeing of their two sons Ashtyn, 4, and Callum, 2.
“We'll have fish and vegetables, fish and pasta, chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, pork chops, lamb chops - almost always with vegetables,” Mr Baas said of the family menu.
“Usually we eat at home six nights a week and eat out once a week.
“The kids love vegetables - they occasionally don't eat them but I put them there anyway - they'll have to get used to it,” Mrs Baas said.
The Baas, who claimed they shared cooking duties 50/50, said they were lucky in that they usually had the time to prepare the family meal.
“For the busier families I suppose it's easier to pick the kids up from day care and grab some takeaway on the way home,” Mr Baas said.
“I think feeding my kids vegetables makes them a lot healthier, because neither of them has had the flu yet this year,” Mrs Baas said.'Usually we eat at home six nights a week and eat out once a week.' - Nick Baas