Good, Fast and Cheap: Pick Any Two

Happy new year! We welcomed 2014 with some seared sea scallops, couscous with parsley and garlic, and steamed veggies. This meal has a lot going for it and it set a good tone for the year’s fare: it’s delicious, healthy, and ready in no more than 20 minutes. The one exception is the price tag – the 16-oz bag of scallops from Target was north of $15.

This lead me to a realization: food often follows the old project management triangle. Out of the options of good, fast or cheap, you can pick any two but usually not all three – something’s got to give. Let’s play it out:

Fast + Cheap: McDonald’s. Frozen and microwaveable food. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Cheap + Good: Homemade soup. BBQ. Most crock pot meals.

Good + Fast: Our friend the seared scallop. Sushi or Steak. Bagel and lox.

For better or worse, I tend to lean toward the last option if I’m cooking, and options 2 or 3 if someone else is. As with most things in life, a balance of the three is probably best for our bodies, taste buds and bank accounts.

What’s your tendency? What are those elusive foods that are good, fast and cheap?

Until We Eat Again,
Two Happy Cooks

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