Soccer practice. Music lessons. Work. School. Appointments. These can take up so much time, it can be difficult for families to make healthy meals together. If it takes you an hour to prepare dinner, it can be easier to order your family’s food online. However, drive-thru food isn’t conducive to family time and can have a negative impact on your health. It’s possible to make a delicious, healthy dinner for your family without spending too much time preparing it. You just need to think strategically.
Weekend Food Warrior
Spend a few hours a week cooking large quantities of food. You can make twice as many meals as you would normally cook. When you’re in a hurry, all you have to do is make two chicken dinners and two steak dinners. You will have four ready-made meals. Each meal can also be frozen. To reheat a casserole, microwave it or place it in the oven.
By changing the recipe slightly, you can make every dinner different. Make enough beef stew to make two meals. You can bake the second one in the oven. Another way to freeze hamburger is to cook large amounts at once. While you prepare the rest, you can microwave it. You can chop vegetables and store them in containers for meal prep throughout the week. If you really want to get creative, gather your family and work together to make enough meals for the entire week. Be sure to have enough plastic freezer bags as well as storage containers ready before you begin.
Another idea for fast meals
You can buy premade pizza dough, and add your favorite toppings. You will only need a jar for pizza sauce, some pepperoni, and some shredded cheese to make it take no more than 30 minutes. Get cold cuts, sliced cheddar, sandwich vegetables, and submarine rolls. Let your family create their own subs by preparing the ingredients as well as condiments.