Healthy home cooking is not difficult. It is much easier than many think. And it doesn’t have to be a long drawn out process. With a few tips and kitchen tricks, you can whip up a healthy home cooked meal in short order.
If you are as busy as most people you are always looking for ways to feed your family in convenient, fast, yet not-too-expensive ways.
10 Secrets for Healthy Home Cooking
1. Cook several meals for the week at one time. I do my “big cooking” on the weekends, usually Sunday; I make enough for the week or to freeze for later. Roast a whole chicken, have part for dinner and use the rest for sandwiches, soup or a in a salad. Cook up a couple pounds of hamburger and make a healthy casserole and freeze the rest to use later.
2. After you return home from the grocery store, clean all the fruits and vegetables you can. When it’s time for a meal all you will have to do is cook them or add them to a salad or soup.
3. Get ideas from the cooking shows on TV. There are many great shows on healthy home cooking with meals made in a short time.
4. Develop a revolving recipe file. Let family members choose some of their favorites and plan your weekly meals together.
5. Enlist the help of the members of your family. As soon as my children were old enough, they helped me in the kitchen. They learned how to cook and I had help with setting the table 🙂 Pair you dinner with the fruit and veggies that you washed and cut-up earlier.
6. Share the cooking with friends or neighbors. Some people cook four or five of the same meal and then trade with four or five other people. This works best when people share the same basic ideas on what they like and don’t like. It’s a great idea though for a very easy week of evening meals, and it’s a fun way to build community!
7. Save coupons for convenience things at the grocery store, entrees either fresh or frozen. Sometimes they are rather pricey but with the coupons they are good to have on hand for an evening when everyone is running in different directions and time is of the essence. “Emergency rations” we call them.
8. It’s okay to eat out from time to time. Some restaurants are trying to offer item choices that are a little more healthy.
9. Many larger cities have businesses that prepare food for the evening meal. They seem expensive at first, but are convenient, time-saving and available for one person or entire families. When you calculate the groceries you buy and the times you eat out each week, this may work for you.
10. Combine several of the above ideas into a plan that is best for you.
It is possible with a little planning to do healthy home cooking with meals that are quick and easy…without spending hours in the kitchen every day.
Need More Help With Healthy Home Cooking?
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Enjoy and Be Healthy!