We’ve been writing, newsletter-ing blogging and twittering for some time now and feel it is time to revisit what we call the Four Pillars of Family Eats: Planning, Purchasing, Preparing and Consuming.

Here at Family Eats we know it is hard to get a healthy meal on the table every day. We know about the challenges of living within a budget while trying to give the best to ourselves and our family. We know the importance of eating healthy foods. We know life can throw us curveballs, and blow any of our plans. We know how easy it is to grab some take-out, drive-through, or prepared meals for dinnertime. We know life can be exhausting, so we look for quick, convenient fixes to make our days go more smoothly.

So many things pull our attention – from the kids to work to afternoon activities and our own exhaustion. We’re constantly asking ourselves, “How can we do this? Can we just sit down and not think or move for just 10 minutes.” Our families chuckle and tell us that we’ll get 10 minutes to ourselves in 15 years when all the kids are out of the house. We don’t find it so funny, but we know that they’re probably right. So, we look for ways to make life more manageable in those 15 years, when we turn into weeping Empty Nesters, wishing we had the kids still running around the house.

One of the biggest challenges we face when it comes to feeding our family is time. Also ranking up near the top of our list are lack of energy and the sometimes non-existent inspir ation to fix a meal.