Tips to save time

Tips to save time

Make it simple and easy

  • Keep your meals simple! Food that keeps your family healthy can be quick to fix. Unless it is a special occasion, focus on the time spent enjoying the meal together rather than preparing something fancy.
  • Cook when you have more time –Make soups, stews or casseroles to freeze for the following week.
  • Do some tasks ahead – a few hours or the day before your meal. Wash and trim vegetables or make fruit salad. (Your family can help.) Cook whole-grain noodles for pasta salad. Cool lean ground meat for tacos.

Save time in your kitchen

  • Cook once for everyone. Does your child like plain vegetables, meat, rice or noodles? If so, set some aside before you add other ingredients. You won’t need to take time to prepare different foods.
  • Cook fast. Broil, stir-fry or microwave when you can. Roasting and baking take longer.
  • Make no-cook meals: Try salads with canned tuna, chicken or beans; cold sandwiches; raw vegetables and yogurt dip; and fruit. Kids like finger foods!
  • Double or triple the amount. Cook for today and later. You can make enough meat sauce for spaghetti today and for topping a baked potato tomorrow. Your ideas.

Enjoy kitchen help

  • Involve your family and friends. Ask your child, or your guest, to set the table, pour milk or do other simple tasks. In time, children develop the skills and confidence to help even more. Preparing family meals also gives you time together, even on busy days.
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