7 Ways to Make Family Meals Consistent & Easy

Posted on September 12, 2013. Filed under: Household Tips | Tags: , |

The topic of last week’s blog post was Family Meals Are Worth The Effort.

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Not sure how to schedule family meals in an already jam packed schedule? These 7 ideas will help.

1 – Cook once.

If you find yourself running out of time to cook, try cooking 3-4 meals on the weekends. Freeze the meals so that when it’s dinner time, you simply have to reheat.

2 – Repurpose.

As you prepare meals, think of dishes that can be repurposed – ex., the leftovers from tonight’s roasted chicken can become tomorrow night’s chicken quesadillas.

3 – Make friends with your freezer.

In addition to freezing prepared meals, season and freeze ingredients so that they can be popped into the pot or oven when it’s time to cook.

4 – Make friends with your crock pot.

The frozen ingredients mentioned in the previous tip can be popped into the crock pot to simmer all day. Voilà! At the end of a long day, everyone is greeted by the smells of a home-cooked meal.

5 – Have theme days.

Eliminate the hassle of wondering what to cook by having theme days (ex., Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, etc.).

6 – Cheat (a little).

Having a freshly prepared meal every day is impossible for some families. Every once in a while, it is okay to buy prepared foods (ex., get a rotisserie chicken from the deli and supplement it with a fresh salad).

7 – Google it.

The Internet is home to a cornucopia of recipe sites. You can search for recipes for specific ingredients, limit your searches to recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients, choose recipes based on the amount of prep and cook time, and so much more.

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How many times does your family eat together each week?

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