You are busy. You work hard at home or at the office, you carpool, volunteer, workout, pick up and clean up. You don't have time to think about dinner.
A few time-saving steps can help you prepare easy family meals with less stress. Use the time you save to enjoy your family.
Keep meals simple. Food that keeps your family healthy can be quick to fix. Three quick-to-fix family foods include:
o Hearty soup: Add canned or frozen vegetables to tomato or chicken soup.
o Pasta dish: Mix chopped lean ham or deli meat and cooked vegetables into macaroni and cheese.
o Hearty stuffed potato: Serve homemade or canned chili over a baked potato or rice.
Cook when you have more time. Make soups, stews or casseroles to freeze for the next week.
Do some tasks ahead of time, a few hours or the day before. Wash and trim vegetables or make fruit salad. Cook noodles for pasta salad. Cook lean ground meat for tacos.