Eating healthy can be hard. Cooking can take a while and after a hard day at work, making dinner every night can be a drag. These are five of Team FitNice‘s favorite kitchen shortcuts designed to help you spend less time in the kitchen while making healthy meals that keep your lifestyle on track.
Kitchen Shortcuts #1: Use simple cooking methods. Steaming, broiling and roasting are easy ways to prepare vegetables. Healthier than frying and faster than baking, these methods make flavor filled food fast and are sure to satisfy every palate that takes a seat at your dinner table.
Kitchen Shortcuts #2: Stock up. Be sure to always have plenty of brown rice, quinoa, whole-grain pasta, frozen veggies, low fat nuts, low-sodium canned beans, diced tomatoes and chicken and vegetable stocks on hand. With so many ingredients close at hand, it’s easy to grab a few things out of the pantry and put together a quick, good-for-you dinner.
Kitchen Shortcuts #3: Cookbooks. Save the stress of figuring out what you need at the supermarket. Have a stack of cookbooks that feature simple recipes without lots of fancy ingredients in the kitchen. Pick a few favorites, plan the week’s menu and take a list when it’s time to go shopping.
Kitchen Shortcuts #4: Buy quality meats when they’re on sale. Divide them into the size you typically use for cooking, wrap and freeze. Not only will you be saving money, you won’t need to butcher or thaw excess meat because your portions are already set up for you. This works for cooking large volumes of rice, quinoa and legumes, too.
Kitchen Shortcuts #5: The ultimate weeknight time saver is to do all of your cooking on one day each week. By preparing freezable meals in advance, getting dinner on the table takes little more than opening the freezer and turning on a burner. Another bonus to having ready-to-go meals? Fewer dishes to wash each evening!
Use these Kitchen Shortcuts to make your weeknight dinners a breeze while avoiding fast food and sodium heavy boxed frozen dinners. Have questions about your meal plan? Ask us! Email Info@FitNicePT.com or fill out the form below.