With kids back in school and summer coming to a close, cooking and preparing meals has a renewed demand for efficiency. Here are a few tips you can use to keep cooking with ease:
- Get into the habit of meal planning - and get the whole family involved. Sitting down and mapping out what you're going to eat for the week eliminates the "what's for dinner" panic.
- Dedicate a couple hours one day a week to food prep. Chop vegetables, soak beans and grains, thaw frozen meat, make sauces and dressings so that later in the week, all you have to do is throw the ingredients together and set the table.
- Every time you turn on the oven or fire up the grill, fill it. This way, you can prepare dinner not just for tonight, but for tomorrow too!
- Plan for leftovers. Make extras of whatever you cook so that you can either feed it to your family later in the week or you can throw it in the freezer for a quick meal some other night when cooking is impossible.
- Use a crockpot. Dinner will be done when you get home. How amazing is that! Try some of these mighty delicious recipes from Eating Well magazine.
Jesse Haas, CNS, LN is a licensed functional nutritionist and certified health coach. She was a founding partner of Wellness Minneapolis and was an active practitioner with the clinic from 2014-2022. To connect with her regarding functional nutrition and health coaching services, please follow this link.