As much as I would love to do the same, the reality is that I just don't have the time it takes to grow my own garden or can my own food. So when my neighbors and friends share recipes with me that require peeling, chopping, or dicing, I have a choice to make. I can feel bad for not having time or energy to do all that chopping or I can find ways to make the best of the situation. Rather than toss those yummy recipes out the door that require chopping, I take a shortcut and keep pre-chopped veggies on hand in my freezer. My favorite is chopped onions since onions go in so many recipes. I also keep mixed veggies around so I can add them to any meat leftovers to make a quick stir fry dinner. Just add a little teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds and it is almost as good as something you would pay a lot of money for at any Teppanyaki Grill restaurant.
I love when I am able to make one dish meals because they leave less dishes to clean up, take less energy, and I have more time to get to all the other things I need to get done (laundry, grocery shopping, helping kids with homework, etc). Not to mention the nutritional value my family gets out of it.
So rather than feel bad for not having more time to grow my own garden, I am thankful that I have found ways to be more efficient without my family missing out on good nutritional meals. I'd love to hear what qualities in yourself you have learned to love once you finally decided to let go of trying to be perfect.