Whether you have a small family or a large one, sometimes thinking about cooking dinner can be overwhelming. Maybe you work full-time, or maybe you chase kids around the house full-time, but then you have to have the energy to clean the house and make a meal. It’s exhausting.
There are ways you can make meal creation a bit easier, though. You can make a healthy meal without hours of prep (or you can do the prep ahead of time and freeze the goods till they’re needed). Here are some helpful meal ideas for busy moms and dads.
You can buy healthier foods that are premade. Not everything always has to be cooked from scratch. Just make sure you’re looking for organic and healthy food choices. Check the ingredients and make sure the foods aren’t filled with sodium.
Find ways to combine things in with your easy to make meals. If you microwave a premade meal you can still add some extra fresh vegetables to the side or maybe some wild rice to give the meal more bulk. You don’t have to eat only what came in the package.
Make It Ahead Yourself
There are plenty of times where it can be convenient to do a lot of cooking in one day. Take your day off work and use it to be productive in the kitchen. The prep you do now could make dinner a much easier task the rest of the week. Prep is often the hardest part of creating a homemade meal.
Even if you don’t make a complete meal, you could cook up meat and broth to use for soups, cook burger up to be used in tacos and pasta dishes, and even prep other foods so they take less work when it’s time to cook them. Chopping and dicing vegetables ahead of time and bagging them in family serving size containers can cut down a bunch on prep time.
Invest In A Crockpot
If you want to get ahead in the kitchen then you really need to invest in some good items that can help you out, like blenders and mixers. One really important item for people that have a family to cook for and those that want to make meals ahead of time is a crockpot. Crockpots are for more than just soup.
If you know you have a long day ahead you can easily toss some meal ingredients in a crockpot and have a completed meal when dinner time arrives. The bigger the crockpot, the more you can make. And leftovers are something you can freeze and use for another quick meal in the future or for a healthy lunch one day when you’re too busy to make one of those.