As we are approaching the busy season with school starting for our kids, busy with sports and the holidays it can be hard sometimes to make healthy meals. Each meal you can create can be 40 minutes or more from beginning to end , and that includes preparation and cooking time. Even with the arsenal of fast recipes sometimes we just go with fast food or takeout from local restaurant. Either way, keeping up with the daily challenge of maintaining a food lifestyle can be tiresome and costly for both your wallet and your time.
One of the reasons people decide to stop following an eating plan, such as keto, is because it can be restrictive and becomes too much of a hassle. This is why its important to have a supply of go-to food that fit your dietary guidelines, and collection of fast and easy recipes, such as the ones I have in this blog.
Some of the recipes, I created and will be creating with your busy lifestyle in mind. Each recipe can be made from beginning to end with low sense of anxiety for yourself. Honestly, it can be overwhelmed with school, work, sports, laundry, pets and so on. It can crash down on any of us.
Tips and Tricks
- Create a weekly menu, or in other words, start meal planning. When you know what you are having, it eliminates the time you spend in front of your refrigerator wondering what to make. You can always leave a little wiggle room to help those days when you feel like having something else, but its good to start with a general plan before you hit the grocery store.
- Limit ingredients that take too much to do gather together. I know it seems that it will be boring but there are multiple ways to use almost any ingredient, each suppling a unique flavor or texture. This will help you make your shopping easier and less expensive.
- Schedule your grocery shopping for when you will have little extra time. If you are like me but there are days I rush into the grocery store, come home and forgot a few items to use for the week. Or are you that’s comes home and just shoved your groceries away, not even really sure of what you bought? Scheduling your shopping will give you time to get the right stuff and put your food away in a manner that is more intuitive. (Best Time: less to throw away)
- Group your ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator. Rather spreading your ingredients out in multiple cupboards and pantries, you can try grouping the ingredients you know you will need for a few dishes in one spot, That way, they are easy to grab when you are ready.
- The day you do your grocery shopping, meal prep your recipes for that week. Cutting up vegetables, pre-mixing spices, and cooking some meats (such as chicken) to have on hand for a quick meal or snack will save you a lot of time during your daily preparation.
- Cook in batches. If you have the time, devote one day to making meals that can be frozen and than thawed and cooked with little effort. There are many meals that can go directly from freezer to microwave and be on your table in 10 minutes
- Leftovers are AMAZING. Whether it is a complete meal or just some extra ingredients from yesterday’s feast, learn to love the leftovers. You can reheat them and enjoy them as they were previously, or you can get creative and use them in a new way. Either way, you are going to save major cooking and preparations time in the kitchen
- Lastly, ENJOY YOURSELF! This is important because if you doing something that you enjoy, it seems you need to put in less effort and the time flies by.
Even if you hate cooking, try to look at it from a new perspective and see if you can find something that you enjoy about the process. After all, this one simple act nourishes your body and bring on your creativity (even if you think you didn’t have any especially with cooking) . This is something to get excited about.