I hear several reasons why people don't cook real food. One is people think it is more expensive. People point to dollar menus and so forth, but I still don't get it.
Let's take an example. I buy whole chickens at $.79 per pound. It is probably different in other areas, but in my Store they come on sale several times per year at that price and that is my price point. I buy several at a time and freeze them. So at 5 lbs for the bird, you do the math. Let's say I stew him or roast him. Then pick half the meat off and reserve it for a casserole. The remaining carcass and meat gets made into chicken carcass soup. Boil down the bones into a rich stock, add back in the meat and a boat load of veggies. If this is new to you, Google it or take out any Better Homes or Betty Crocker cookbook. My family can eat many bowls of the soup for lunch all week. Cost per meal, just a few cents and very healthy.
Now back to the casserole. See my November 21 post for an example. The rest of the ingredients are still pennies and I have eight servings there.
Real food is not more expensive than fast food. It's not.