The first time I saw Sandra Lee’s cookbook Semi-Homemade Cooking in the bookstore, I let out a condescending scoff. How could a self-respecting woman call herself a cook and not actually make things from scratch?!
I wish that I could say these horribly judgmental and rude thoughts happened decades ago when I was a young tyke, but if you followed the link above you saw that her book didn’t come out until 2005. Shame on me!
The truth of the matter is that Lee’s cookbooks are perfect tools for modern, busy people. If it’s a choice between eating dinner at a fast-food restaurant or eating a semi-homemade meal at home, the semi-homemade meal is the preferred way to go. The nutritional difference between frozen vegetables she often suggests using and fresh vegetables is minimal (no difference, actually, in a lot of cases). The time it saves in preparation is definitely worth it for people in a pinch. And, the value from eating a meal around the table is priceless. Even when preservatives are involved — and they aren’t in a good chunk of her recipes — they’re still in lower amounts than in lots of fast food.
A family that is trying to clear the clutter and make room for things that really matter in life can find instant help with Lee’s cookbooks. If you haven’t heard about them before today, they’re definitely worth a look.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes from Lee’s website:
Are any of you owners of Lee’s cookbooks? What are you opinions of semi-homemade meals? We’d love to read your views in the comments.