Quick Tips for Low-Stress Meals
If the daunting task of getting a healthy meal that everyone will eat on the table is holding you back, try these time-saving tips:
- Think prepackaged. Cut prep time by using prepackaged items like bag salads, jar sauces, refrigerated rolls, and canned or frozen fruits and vegetables.
- Do double duty. Making two batches of stew or lasagna doesn't require much more time than making one. Double your recipe and freeze the extra food for a quick meal another night.
- Cut up lots of veggies at once. While you have the knife and cutting board out, slice up all the vegetables you have. Store them in the refrigerator until you need them. It's easy to whip up a healthy stir-fry in no time if the vegetables are already cut up.
- Stock up on nonperishables. Avoid last-minute trips to the grocery store by keeping often-used nonperishables such as rice, pasta, and frozen vegetables on hand.
- Get the kids involved. Depending on their age, children can help wash vegetables, set the table, or prepare simple dishes like salads.
- Build in some easy nights. Instead of trying to put a complete dinner like meat and potatoes on the table every night, shake things up with "breakfast night," when you serve easy-to-make a.m. favorites, or soup-and-sandwich night.
- Use ingredients more than one way. Have leftovers from Monday's roasted chicken? Throw some over a garden salad for Tuesday's dinner. Finding ways to turn one night's leftovers into another night's meal saves time and money.
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