If you're like most people these days, you're very rushed and tired at the end of the busy workday. Thankfully, you're living in the 21st century rather than in the days when preparing food was anything but convenient. Women spent the majority of their days in the preparation of meals. Those days are gone and now you have options.
You needn't opt for frozen pizza and fast food when time is tight however. There are tips that smart cooks use to get meals prepared and on the table without all of the hassle.
If you're not into chopping and cutting every night when fixing dinner, then wash, prep and store fresh veggies when you bring them home. You can then just get out what you need during the busy work week. Now days, you can also find fruits and vegetables that have already been chopped or julienned for you, right in the grocery store.
Don't forget that frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh. They are flash frozen and retain their good stuff, making them a quick and healthy choice for meals. Bottled sauces are also a great choice for busy family meals. No need to make an alfredo from scratch these days, the bottled sauce is delicious and easy.
When you're cooking meat or poultry for a particular meal, remember to cook extra for other meals throughout the days to come. It's just as easy to cook several pieces of chicken as it is to cook two. Just package and freeze or store in your refrigerator.
Another great quick cooking tip is to cut meat and poultry into smaller portions to speed the cooking process along. Smaller pieces of meat cook faster than larger, and are perfect for a fast stir-fry. Little kids are more likely to eat bite-size pieces than larger ones as well.
If you're cooking from a recipe you're unfamiliar with, make sure to read the entire recipe through so you have all of the ingredients on hand and enough time to prepare and cook the meal. Don't forget about your crockpot, it is a busy person's best friend when it comes to making dinner easy and great tasting.
Once you've started practicing the art of quick meal planning and cooking, you'll get the knack and will find yourself enjoying your life more rather than rushing around in the kitchen every night; or worse yet, eating too much unhealthy fast food.
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