Healthy Habits Hero: Cathy Erway

Cathy Erway shares her tips for quick, easy cooking.

Cathy Erway

Cathy Erway: Author of The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove

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Cathy Erway's blog, "Not Eating Out in New York," proves that even in one of the world's top restaurant cities, eating in can be delicious, quick, and better than takeout. Erway grew up in a kitchen-centric family. Her Taiwanese mom preferred meals cooked on the fly, stir-fried, improvised. Her American dad poured himself methodically into cookbook recipes.

That good grounding in home cooking lost its appeal when Erway, now 31, moved to New York City after college. Meals devolved into alternating between takeout places. "The culture was so lacking in the things I loved growing up, which were cooking and taking the time to enjoy a good meal." That sense of loss, and a need to save money, fueled a dining-in experiment: Erway went two years without eating a single restaurant or takeout meal.

By the end of the process, she had become more attuned to what she ate and how she cooked. Her weekly food expenses fell from $100 to just $25. She now spreads her "cook more" message through blogging and classes. "I'm definitely less rushed now, and I approach life and meals the same way," she says. "I just enjoy the process of how it evolves."

CATHY'S TOP 4 TIPS

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