My mission of teaching the public on how to live a happier and healthier lifestyle continues. For many the thought of making healthy recipes seems difficult and time consuming. But with some advance planning and some basic knowledge of nutrition, it;s 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 some amazing ways you can implement today to create some healthy recipes of your own.
Healthy Recipe Way #1
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. When planning the meals for the week, it is a good idea to create a chart listing each day’s menu and each day’s schedule. Here’s a smart tip…plan the quickest and easiest to prepare meals for the busiest days of the week.
Healthy Recipe Way #2
My family loves to cook and share their input of their favorite meals. Get your family involved in creating the week’s meal plan by asking for their input and noting everyone’s favorite foods. Note that some of their favorites might be pizza and ice-cream and although those may sound unhealthy, you can definitely make pizza healthy by adding more veggies and save the ice-cream as a treat.
By involving your spouse and children in healthy recipe planning, you’ll help to increase their interest in healthy eating right away. Even children too young to cook can help out by setting out the dishes, chopping vegetables, clearing the table and washing the dishes.
Healthy Recipe Way #3
Cooking large quantities of healthy food recipes – and freezing the leftovers – is a 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 dollar stretch as far as possible while still allowing you and your family to enjoy delicious healthy meals every day.
Healthy Recipe Way #4
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, pasta 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. Did you know you could freeze bread? Next time your grocery store has a sale on bread make sure to grab some extra to freeze. Having these items on hand will help to create healthy meals on a moment’s notice.
What ways have you incorporated into your busy lifestyle to still create healthy recipes for you and your family?
Dr. Daisy Sutherland is the Founder/CEO of Dr. Mommy and Friends . She is a doctor, author, speaker, social media strategist, brand ambassador, wife & mom to 5 children. Dr. Mommy's mission is to ~ Help Busy Women and Men with her 'Get Real' approach to living a happier and healthier lifestyle. Don't forget to grab your FREE gift... 7 Simple Ways to Stay Motivated