There are all kinds of places that you might find stress in your day but your own kitchen does not have to be one of them! Here’s a few tips to stay on track and maintain your healthy eating plan.
Tip 1. Draw It Up
Take a few minutes at the beginning of each week to plan your meals for the coming days. Check your family’s schedules for dinner conflicts like late nights, evening classes or sporting events. Whatever you do, don’t wait until you get home from work to figure out what’s for dinner. That’s just an invitation to order in pizza or Chinese.
Tip 2. Write It Down
Make a shopping list (group what you need based on the layout of your favorite market). It’s a waste of your time to be running back every few aisles because you forgot something. A list saves time and it can save money; if you stick to it, you’ll avoid those “impulse” buys.
Tip 3. Work Ahead
Consider cooking two meals on a quiet night, and reheating on a busier day. Even fresh vegetables like green beans and broccoli can be made ahead; blanch them at the start of the week and store them in reusable plastic containers. Quickly rewarmed or sautéed and then seasoned, these make for almost-instant side dishes.
Tip 4. Minimize Waste
If a recipe calls for half of something like a bell pepper, you don’t want to throw out the other half. Most vegetables can be cleaned, cut up & stored in a resealable bag in the freezer for a short time.
Try a couple of these tips this week – relieve a bit of stress in the kitchen!