Fast Food For Me Research Paper

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Most of the meals I ate were from a box. Some came from a bag and others from my father. Whenever I had to cook food, it would turn out burnt and tasting like a pile of dirty socks. To avoid my horrible tasting food, I decided to use other methods to feed myself. Most of my lunches at school were from some sort of fast food restaurant. There were some days when I tried to eat healthier and not eat at the very convenient Jack in the Box, but restaurant food can only be so healthy. I was content living my life paying for most of my meals. It wasn’t until my grandmother moved in with my family when I started to think about what I ate. Soon after the move in, my father started working during the evening, cutting our outlet for some delicious dinner. …show more content…
Something that wouldn’t take too much effort so I wouldn’t burn my house down. Though my mom thought it was a little advanced for me, I decided to bake chicken as my first meal. I decided to use a recipe from thekitchn.com. The recipe was simple and easy to follow, requiring only four ingredients, an oven, and a baking dish. The description also stated that this method was known for keeping a chicken moist, something I wanted. I started with a very dusty baking dish from a very dusty pantry. The chicken breast I used had been in our deep freeze and I was informed that leaving it out overnight could create a feasting ground for bacteria, so I decided against it. Our fridge happened to be abnormally cold, so, in the morning, the chicken was still slightly frozen. Following the recipe, I oiled the bottom of the pan and the chicken, then added Ms. Dash, and salt and pepper. I discovered we were out of parchment paper, but we did have aluminum foil. Oiling the chicken side, I place the foil over the chicken in the baking pan and put it in the oven. After about 45 minutes, the chicken finally reached the temperature of 165-degrees and was ready to eat. Thought the chicken was slightly dry, I had a great time finally cooking something myself that required instruments other than in the …show more content…
Like any art, some people excel and others have no talent whatsoever. I’m not saying I’m the Monet of culinary arts, probably closer to Picasso, but some foods can be fairly easy. Still, some families may not have the time to go shopping and cook a fresh meal. According to the article, “Home Cooked Meals vs. Fast Food Meals,” by Joseph Pritchard, “Despite the health risks that come with fast food consumption, people continue to eat it because many people have no time to select and prepare food at home.” Though there are health risks, many families have no other choice. With other families, the problem may be money. Eating out for dinner every night starts to add up and cost large amounts of money. However, there is some belief that home cooking can cost just a much, maybe more, than fast food “because you also spend on seasoning, condiments and gas and electricity whenever you cook at home,” raising the price of home cooked meals (Pritchard).This controversy if widely debated in the cooking community. There is a fight to regulate which ingredients can go into our fast food in order to give families who can’t cook a chance to have a healthier

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