For busy people, fast food is the most affordable and convenient way to fill yourself. But regularly eating of fast food can lead to obesity, diabetes and other health problems, so busy people are looking for practical cooking tips when on the run. There are a few cooking hacks you can do to keep yourself healthy while you’re keeping up on your busy schedule. With simple planning and changes to your routine, it can make a difference in your meal time and to your overall health as well.
Plan and create a meal plan ahead of time. Outline the meals you want that will perfectly meet the need of your family. It shouldn’t take time, just choose simple and easy to prepare but healthy meals. Planning ahead your meal plans, you can also alot time to cook that fit your schedule. ‘Cook smarter not harder’… nuff said.
Make a grocery list based on a meal plan and schedule when to shop. With a meal plan it is easier to list the ingredients you need for a week or a month. This way, you can buy your supplies in bulk, which can save a lot of money.
Set aside time when to shop, either weekly or monthly to avoid running out of ingredients at home. Read the labels and pick fruits and vegetables that can last until your next shopping time. Buy extra pasta like spaghetti, macaroni or fettuccine, and basic carbs to make different easy and quick to prepare meals.
Try Ziploc and Crockpot Meals. This tip allows you to prepare meals for a week or the whole month by simply combining the ingredients in plastic freezer bags and freeze them for a month. Label all of your Ziploc bags according to your meal plans and when you’ll cook them. You can also include the ingredients you put in the bag or make a note of what you’ll need to add before or after you place the bag in the slow cooker. If you have a partner or kids, you can ask them to help you slice and measure the ingredients. If you are afraid to combine raw meat with your fruits and vegetables, you can cook and chop them before putting them in the bag. Ziploc bags can be used to marinate meats and they are safe to use in the microwave or for reheating and defrosting.
Smoothies or Shakes in the mornings. Avoid ready-made drinks that are filled with preservatives. Go for fruits or vegetables juices or smoothies instead. There are so many choices to choose from to make your shakes and smoothies healthy and nutritious.
You can also invite your friends to come over for potluck dinners on weekends or during the holiday.
Run out of interesting meals? A good cookbook can inspire you, or check online at http://foodfans.net for easy and quick to prepare recipe ideas. You can see hundreds of free recipes, chat live with other “real life” cooks, and read articles with food tips, tricks and fun!
Submitted By: Bleu Champagne