Wednesday, October 17, 2012

4 Easy Tips on How to Make Healthy Recipes

For many people, making healthy recipes seems too difficult and time consuming...

But with some advance planning and some basic knowledge of nutrition, it is easy to create a week's worth of healthy meals that you and your family will love. The key to creating delicious and healthy meals for the family is planning ...and lot's of it!

Planning ahead of time an entire week of healthy recipe meals is the best way to create dishes you can be proud of, while keeping cost and time commitment to a minimum.  So below are amazing tips you can use to make healthy meals all the time. 

 Tip #1 - Use the right appliances

Using convenient appliances such as slow cookers and microwaves can be a huge time saver when planning and preparing meals.  There are many delicious and healthy recipes that can be started in the morning and left to cook all day in a crock pot or slow cooker.  These are great choices for working families.

In addition, making the meals ahead of time on the weekend and heating them in the microwave is a great way to stretch both your food and your time.  There are many microwavable healthy meals you can make at home, and single serving microwave safe containers allow every member of the family to eat on their own schedule.

When planning the meals for the week, it is a good idea to create a chart listing each day's menu and each days' schedule. Here's a smart tip...plan the quickest and easiest to prepare meals for the busiest days of the week.

 Tip #2 - Get your family involved

Get your family involved in creating the week's meal plan by asking for their input and noting everyone's favorite foods. It is still very important to eat healthy meals, so that (of course) does not mean eating pizza every night or having ice cream for dinner.  But involving your husband and children in healthy recipe planning, you'll help to increase their interest in healthy eating right away.

It is also a good idea to get your entire family involved in the preparation of the meals.  Even children too young to cook can help out by setting out the dishes, chopping vegetables, clearing the table and washing the dishes.

 Tip #3 - Cook in large quantities & freeze leftovers

Cooking large quantities of healthy food recipes - and freezing the leftovers - is an easy way to save time.  Cooking large amounts of stews, soups, pasta, chili and casseroles can be a huge time saver.  Making double and even triple batches of these staple foods, and freezing the leftovers for later use, is a great way to save both time and money.

When freezing leftovers, however, it is important to label the containers carefully, using freezer tape and a permanent marker.  Try to keep the oldest foods near the top to avoid having to throw away expired items.

Stocking up on meats when they are on sale is another great way to use that valuable freezer space.  Stocking up on such easily frozen foods as chicken, turkey, ground beef, steaks, roasts and chops is a great way to make your food money stretch as far as possible while still allowing you and your family to enjoy delicious healthy meals every day.

 Tip #4 - Keep the pantry well stocked

Keeping a well stocked pantry is as important as keeping a well stocked freezer.  Stocking the pantry with a good supply of staple items like canned vegetables, canned fruits, soup stocks and the like will make healthy recipe preparation much faster and easier. 

Stocking the pantry can save you money as well as time.  Grocery stores are always running sales, and these sales are a great time to stock up.  Buying several cases of canned vegetables when they are on sale, for instance can save lots of money and provide the basic ingredients for many nutritious, easy to prepare meals.

Examples of great staples to stock up on include whole grain cereals, pastas, tomato sauce, baked beans, canned salmon, tuna and whole grain breads.  It is easy to combine these staples into many great meals on a moment's notice.

I hope you found these tips easy as pie! ;)

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  1. Hello there!

    Stopping by from the "Follow Me Wednesday" blog party - new follower!

    Anni //

    1. Thanks Anni! Pleasure to "meet" you! Have an amazing week! :)

  2. I recently started cooking in bulk and storing food away. It is easier to save money and eat healthy if you know you can come home and reheat home cooked food than buying something quick on the road.
    Thanks for the tips and I am following you now.
    I would love for you to follow back.

    1. Thanks for visiting and following, I'll follow back ;)

  3. Great tips! I use all of these. Another thing that's really worked out well for us is stocking up on fresh produce that can be frozen, cutting up all of it at once, and freezing 1-cup or 2-cup portions. It's a lot easier to make a recipe that calls for several different cut-up veggies if they're pre-cut and all we have to do is put them out to thaw the night before.



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