No Time for Home Cooking? Think Again!
Try Some Quick and Easy Recipes Tonight!
So many of us are over scheduled, our meals end up looking like a teen-agers dream come true. You know, greasy hamburgers, taco bell, everything that will help promote an early grave. But it doesn't have to be that way. Even the busiest of us can have home cooked meals, even if we only have a short amount of time to prepare them.
The Importance of Home Cooked Meals
- They are healthier
- They are more cost effective
- They taste better
- You know what you are truly eating
- Did I say they are healthier? Much healthier
Pre-Plan Your Weekly Menu
If you aren't used to doing this, it will take some practice, but if you get used to pre-planning the meals for the following week you'll be assured of having all ingredients on hand and you'll also be able to strategize which nights are best for cooking what meals. Also, plan some last minute meals in there too. When there is a race for time, it takes five minutes to grill ham and cheese sandwiches and throw a can of soup on the stove. "Brinner" is also an excellent fall-back meal. You know, that's where you eat breakfast for dinner. Make some toast, scramble some eggs, and serve some fruit. Fast, healthy, easy and so much more cost effective than eating out.
I use an excel spreadsheet and have a folder for recipes that I don't know off the top of my head. When I'm getting ready to do my weekly shopping, I open the excel spreadsheet and it has a list of all the home cooked meals we like. I pick the ones we haven't had for awhile and we eat those. I also ask family members to add to the list too so we aren't eating the same things over and over.
Cook in Bulk and Freeze Dinner Size Portions
When you do have time to cook, cook extra and freeze the leftovers. Then, on your busy nights, take a meal out of the freezer, pop in the oven and you'll be eating a delicious home cooked meal in no time flat! Crock pot recipes, turkey, ham, larger meats are all perfect for this.
Here are a few fast meal ideas to give you some inspiration and get you started:
Put a pork roast in the crockpot first thing in the morning. Add one cup water and one packet onion soup mix. When you get home, heat up mashed potatoes. Real potatoes come all ready peeled and mashed at most grocers, all you have to do is heat them up. Add some pork gravy and you have a delicious meal. Make an extra large roast, freeze part of it so next time you can just heat and serve.
Quick and Easy Chicken Parmesan
Four Breaded Chicken Patties
Two Jars of your favorite Spaghetti Sauce
Shredded Mozarella Cheese
Add the chicken patties and sauce into a baking dish, cover with aluminum foil and cook at 450 degrees for 25 minutes. Start the noodles, sprinkle the mozarella cheese over the chicken patties, leave uncovered and continue to cook until noodles are done. Serve noodles with chicken, sauce, and cheese on top. The total amount of time to prepare and cook is less than 45 minutes, and this is delicious!