We’ve all been there, you come home from a hectic day at work, the kids are hanging off your leg as soon as you walk in the door, then when you look into the pantry it all just seems to hard, so you send your significant other out for take out. No one is saying it’s easy to find the time for good food, but here are a few tips that hopefully will help you create some time for you and your family to have great food with as little time as possible.
Sit down once a week and plan out the meals for the week ahead, write your shopping list as you go.
Use a shopping list
Seems pretty obvious, but if you shop with a list you will ensure you have all the ingredients you need on hand for quick and nutritious meals.
Take time now to save time later
After you have done the weekly grocery shop, take the extra time to portion up your food. I portion up all my chicken and freeze it, that way I just have to defrost and throw it onto the George Foreman grill. From freezer to table in minutes!
Either cook extra portions to use as healthy lunches or cook extra meat to use later on in the week, for example, if you are preparing lasagne, cook extra meat make tacos later.
In case of emergency
Try cooking up some rice and freezing it, that way you on those nights you really cant be bothered you have nearly half a meal prepared already! Just cook up some quick and easy satays or stir fry some veges and add to the rice.
Keep stocked up
If you have grated cheese, grated carrots, lettuce and some form of cold meat in the fridge and tuna or salmon and eggs in the pantry, with those few ingredients you can make a multitude of quick and easy meals that won’t blow your calorie intake for the day!
Finally if you cook things that you and your family enjoy eating, you will find it easier to put in that little extra effort.