A Revolutionary Way to Eat Healthier

Preparing your own food is the best way to eat healthier. Forget the crap that comes out of a cardboard box or, worse still, the “food” handed to you through your car window.

I’m talking about cooking at home. Yes, I said cooking. That means dusting off the pots and pans and learning how to use them.

Convenience foods are a staple in a lot of homes. With busy work and family schedules it’s sometimes easier to reheat a frozen pizza than make pizza from scratch. Making your own meals is the only way to ensure that the food you eat is real and nutritious.

You don’t need a lot of time or even much cooking know-how to make some decent meals. Let’s start with dinner. This is often the most rushed meal in a typical family. Here are some tips to get a real evening meal on your table:

  • Plan ahead! Take about thirty minutes and plan dinners for the next week or two. Dig out the recipe books or go online. Think about kid-friendly meals like chicken fingers or mini-hamburgers and how you can make cleaner versions at home. Also think about things that do double duty. If you’re making spaghetti and meatballs tonight, make extra meatballs for homemade meatball subs tomorrow. You can also brown extra ground beef or turkey for tacos later in the week.
  • Plan for leftovers.  If a recipe calls for four baked chicken breasts why not cook six or eight at a time. You can freeze the ones you don’t need and use them in a lunch or dinner another time. You can also double recipes like lasagna or casseroles. It doesn’t take any more time to make two pans of lasagna. Freeze one and you’ll have a quick meal on a hectic night.
  • Pre-chop veggies for the next couple of days. If you are chopping one pepper, chop two or three and place them in baggies or a resealable container. They’ll be ready to use whether for a recipe or a quick snack.
  •  Use some convenience foods like canned or frozen veggies. Even prepared pasta sauce can be a lifesaver. Look for low-sodium, minimally processed products.
  • Invest in a crock pot. This is the ultimate in convenience. Toss you meat and your veggies in the crock pot, set the timer and you’re done. You’ll come home to a meal ready to go.

Eating at home is not only healthier, it’s cost-effective. When you prepare your own food you have control over what you eat. You cannot rely on food manufacturers to provide healthy, chemical-free food.

 

 

 

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