Planning meals for your family is a great way to eat healthy and stay within your budget. Here are some ideas to help you plan for meals at home.
- • Meal preparation does not need to be time consuming or expensive. Planning ahead makes it easier. For example, if you purchase additional chicken for one meal of baked chicken, additional portions could be cooked at the same time and reserved for chicken enchiladas.
- • Time can also be saved by preparing larger portions of a food and packaging it for the freezer. Then it is ready when you are for a quick meal. Bulk foods such as ground meat can also be cooked all at one time and packed in smaller portions for the freezer. It is then ready to use in the future – saving both time and dirty dishes!
- • One dish meals that incorporate a protein, grain, and vegetables are a quick and easy way to get many of the nutrients needed in a day’s time. Pork stir fry is an excellent example. Left-over meats and vegetables can also be incorporated.
- • The crock pot is an excellent way to have a healthy meal waiting for you at the end of the day.