You're running late at work and you still need to pick up the children at day care, stop by the grocery store, get dinner on the table and take Johnny to soccer. You want to serve your family healthy, nutritious meals, but you're in overload, out of time and out of ideas on what to serve.
If this sounds familiar, you're not alone. Today, with so many people feeling frazzled, overworked and overscheduled, family meals at home often get squeezed out. Here are some time-saving tips to help find time to prepare and enjoy family meals at home.
· Set aside a time each week to organize the coming week's meal plan. Get menu ideas from family members. They'll be more likely to eat what is prepared and more interested in helping with preparation and cleanup if their food preferences have been considered.
· Keep menus simple. Food that keeps your family healthy can be quick to fix. All you really need for a quick and healthful meal is a carbohydrate, protein and vegetable/fruit source. For example, start with a whole-wheat tortilla, top with refried or black beans and cheese and microwave until hot, add chopped tomatoes, peppers and onions and serve with salsa and a glass of milk.