For many people, making healthy recipes seems too difficult & time consuming...
But with some advance planning & some basic knowledge of nutrition, it is easy to create a week's worth of healthy meals that you & your family will love.
The key to creating delicious & healthy meals for the family is planning.
Planning ahead of time, an entire week of healthy recipe meals is the best way to create dishes you can be proud of, while keeping cost & time commitment to a minimum. Below are some amazing tips you can use to make healthy meals all the time.
Healthy Recipe Tip # 1
Using convenient appliances such as slow cookers and microwaves can be a huge time saver when planning & preparing meals. There are many delicious & healthy recipes that can be started in the morning & left to cook all day in a crock pot or slow cooker. These are great choices for working families.
In addition, making the meals ahead of time on the weekend & heating them in the microwave is a great way to stretch both your food & your time. There are many microwavable healthy meals you can make at home, & single serving microwave safe containers allow every member of the family to eat on their own schedule.
When planning meals for the week, it is a good idea to create a chart listing each day's menu and each days' schedule. Here's a smart tip...plan the quickest & easiest to prepare meals for the busiest days of the week.
Healthy Recipe Tip # 2:
Get your family involved in creating the week's meal plan by asking for their input & noting everyone's favorite foods. It is still very important to eat healthy meals, so that, of course, does not mean eating pizza every night or having ice cream for dinner. But involving your spouse and children in healthy recipe planning, you'll help to increase their interest in healthy eating right away.
it is also a good idea to get your entire family involved in the preparation of the meals. Even children that are too young to cook can help out by setting out the dishes, chopping vegetables, clearing the table & washing the dishes.
Healthy Recipe Tip # 3:
Cooking large quantities of healthy food recipes & freezing the leftovers is na easy way to save time. Cooking large amounts of stews, soups, pasta, chili & casseroles can be a huge time saver. Making double & even triple batches of these staple foods & freezing the leftovers for later use, is a great way to save both time & money.
When freezing leftovers however, it is important to label the containers carefully, using freezer tape or a permanent marker. Try to keep the oldest foods near the top to avoid having to throw expired items away.
Stocking up on meats when they are on sale is another great way to use that valuable freezer space. Stocking up on such easily frozen foods as chicken, turkey, minceed beef, steaks, roasts & chops is a great way to make your food money stretch as far as possible while still allowing you & your family to enjoy delicious healthy meals every day.
Healthy Recipe Tip # 4:
Keeping a well stocked pantry is as important as keeping a well stocked freezer. Stocking the pantry with a good supply of staple items like canned vegetables, canned fruits, soup stocks & the like will make healthy recipe preparation much faster & easier.
Stocking the pantry can save you money as well as time. Grocery stores are always running sales & these sales are a great time to stock up. Buying several cases of canned vegetables when they are on sale for instance, can save lots of money & provide the basic ingredients for many nutritious, easy to prepare meals.
Examples of great staples to stock up on include whole grain cereals, pastas, tomato sauce, baked beans, canned salmon, tuna & whole grain breads. It is easy to combine these staples into many great meals on a moment's notice.
I hope you found these healthy recipe tips “easy as pie”