Eating healthy homemade meals is one of the best things that you can do for your overall health and the health of your family. Good food can help you maintain a healthy weight, mind, and body, but cooking dinner every night can sometimes be a drag, especially when you lead a busy life and you just want to collapse on the couch after work. Fortunately, there are lots of tips and tricks you can use to get a healthy dinner ready in a flash.
Check out these tips to help you get dinner ready quick:
Learn the Basics
If you want to be able to cook a healthy dinner fast, you really need to get back to basics, and either brush up on or learn the basics of food prep, from the right way to chop to which utensils to use. This will help you create a wide range of meals much more quickly than you usually do if you aren’t the best cook in the world.
Plan Your Meals
Planning seven day’s worth of healthy dinners will help to speed up the process because you will be able to ensure that you have all of the ingredients you need ready to go when you get home. There’ll be no more mad dashes to the store, or giving up and ordering takeout because you forgot to buy the chicken.
Prep in Advance
Most of the time, you can prep at least part of the food you will be eating at dinner in the morning before you head out to work. Chopping veggies, cooking beans and other tasks that aren’t time sensitive can be done ahead, and the food left in the fridge so that you can cook up a nutritious meal in a matter of minutes at dinner time.
Use a Slow Cooker
Okay, so slow cookers take quite a while to cook up delicious soups, stews, and curries, but the beauty of them is that you can set them in the morning and come back to a tasty hot meal in the evening, without having to lift a finger. It’s a great gadget for those of you who rarely feel like cooking after a tough day at work.
Whether you have kids, a spouse or roommates, unless you live at home, there is probably going to be someone around who you can recruit to help you with dinner. Instead of doing it all yourself, get someone to help you peel the potatoes, chop the veggies or start the sauce. The more of you working to get a healthy meal ready, the less tie it will take.
Cook in Bulk
Cooking in bulk is a great way to ensure that you can always have a hot, healthy meal in the evenings. All you have to do is set aside a few hours, perhaps at the weekend, to cook up big pans of soups, stews, burgers, curries and anything else that can be frozen. Put them in freezer-proof containers and then all you have to do is heat them up when you want something good to eat in a hurry.
What are your top tips for cooking a healthy dinner quickly?