If you need more reasons to try eating at home more, consider the cost and your ability to control the ingredients.
For good quality food, it is, without a doubt, cheaper to make it at home. Good quality doesn’t necessarily mean organic, it simply means free from fillers, preservatives and has minimal processing done to it. These are all harmful to the body and can overload it with toxins, hindering weight loss efforts.
Take out or restaurant food is almost always too high in salt. I don’t believe it is necessary to eliminate salt in your home cooking, you will never use as much as you would find in a restaurant. You know you will use pure fats, even if they are good saturated fats, such as coconut, and you won’t use sugar just to make it taste good. If you do need to add a sweetener, you can choose a more natural one, such as maple syrup, and it is unlikely you will oversweeten it.
By compiling your meals at home, you can add in good ingredients, such as vegetables. For instance, a pizza made at home can have tons of veggies on it. No matter where you order a pizza from, they always seem to skimp on the veggies.
The homemade pizza can have a base made of flour, water, oil, salt and yeast. Nothing more is needed. The sauce would have strained tomatoes (from a jar), garlic, onions, salt, pepper and herbs. Again, nothing more needed. It is up to you how much cheese you add. More veggies and less cheese will make it just as tasty but with far less calories.
The result? A delicious … hot… pizza that cost next to nothing to make.
Pizza crust (in a bread machine)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups all purpose flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
Add ingredients in order.
Saute one half chopped onion in a pan until soft. Add 1 crushed garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add one jar of strained tomatoes (Passata) and 1/2 tsp salt, pepper and whatever dried herbs you fancy. Oregano, basil or herbs de provence are good choices. Simmer for 30 minutes, let cool and spread on the pizza crust.
Add toppings (chopped pepper, sauteed mushrooms, sliced zucchini, raw or sauteed red onion, sliced tomato, artichokes, goat cheese are some of my favourite).
Bake at 425ºF on a pizza tray for about 15 minutes (or until base is cooked). Top with sprinkled mozzarella and cook for a further 5 minutes until cheese is melted.