Feeding your family in a healthy way can be challenging when you don’t have a lot of time. Even if you have time to cook, finding the energy to do it isn’t so easy. It’s tempting to make something quick that isn’t truly healthy family meals.
A common trend has become to order food if you can afford to, or buy pre-prepared meals. However, healthy family meals don’t have to be really time-consuming and difficult. There are ways to make it easier so that the whole family can enjoy healthy meals.
In fact, it can often be easier to cook healthy meals compared to less healthy options if you know how.
Get The Right Equipment For Healthy Family Meals
Firstly, it can be helpful to have some key pieces of kitchen equipment to cook healthy meals. When you have the right equipment, you can speed up what you are preparing. But, what exactly should you have in your kitchen?
One of the most useful items for healthy family meals is a pressure cooker or Instant Pot.
If you have one, you can make a beef stroganoff in the Instant Pot that’s much quicker than making it without one.
It might sound counterintuitive, but a slow cooker can make it quicker and easy to get a healthy meal on the table too.
Prepare your meal in the morning, or the night before and have it simmer all day so that dinner is ready when you get home.
Cut Down On Chopping
One of the most time-consuming parts of preparing a meal can be chopping and preparing your ingredients.
A lot of people underestimate how long this can take. This means it takes them longer than they expected to actually start cooking.
If you want to reduce the time you spend preparing healthy family meals, try using prepared ingredients.
This could include healthy canned ingredients or products that are already cut up for you to use. Many supermarkets include sliced mushrooms, celery, diced or strips of meat and other produce which can save you a lot of time.
Try Simplified Recipes For Healthy Family Meals
Some dishes sound great, but then you take a look at the recipe and it involves too many ingredients and complicated steps. Fortunately, there are often simpler recipes and even some easier versions of more complicated dishes.
Many recipes aim to limit ingredients and only have a few steps that you need to follow.
This can make it a whole lot quicker to make nutritious and healthy family meals.
You can get even faster at cooking them too, once you’ve gone through the steps a couple of times and remember how to do it.
Make The Most Of Your Meal Leftovers
Using up your leftovers not only helps to continue your healthy meals but also reduces food waste in your home. When you make use of your leftovers, you can ensure you finish any healthy family meals you made earlier in the week.
Many leftovers will last a few days and can even be frozen so that they last longer. It’s often a lot healthier to reheat some leftovers compared to other quick dinner options.
Healthy family meals can be quick and easy. You just need to know how to save time when making healthy meals.
Our super author here at Famous Parenting and an absolute wealth of knowledge. She has studied many topics including creative writing, psychology and journalism but her real passion lies in raising her 3 children. Between working from home, homeschooling her youngest 2 children and navigating the world of teenagers she is a guru for parents.