Meals at Home

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People who frequently cook meals at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories than those who cook less. As people’s schedules get busier and less time is spent at home, people spend less time preparing meals to eat at home and more time eating on the go.

Use these time saving tips to prepare your meal or parts of your meal ahead of time:

  1. Brown meats ahead of time. Put in a sealed container. Refrigerate meats for use the next day; freeze meats for use two to three days later. Note: You may consider refrigerating or freezing meat in the serving sizes needed for your family.
  2. Buying frozen vegetables or clean and cut your own vegetables ahead of time to save money will shorten meal prep time. Wash and cut the entire package of broccoli, celery, cauliflower, etc. and refrigerate for use throughout the week. 
  3. Pre-cooked casseroles take about 20 minutes to cook. These are ideal for meal times that are very short and busy. If you have a few hours free on the weekend, put together and freeze a couple casseroles so they are ready for the week. Or if you are making the casserole the night of, double the recipe ingredients when you cook so that you can serve ½ at one meal and freeze ½ for a later meal when you are hurried. 
  4. Making a sandwich with pre-cut meats and cheeses is another way to reduce meal prep time.  After a meal, slice or chop and freeze left-over beef, pork, chicken, turkey, etc. to use later for a sandwich, casserole, soup, taco, quesadilla, etc.  
  5. Adding soups to meals is a great way to add flavor and still have a quick meal.
  6. Make your own TV dinners out of planned or leftover meats and casseroles. Freeze in microwaveable containers, then warm in the microwave and serve.

Healthy, Quick Food Ideas

  • Salad in a bag
  • Ready-to-eat baby carrots, sweet mini peppers, cherry tomatoes
  • Fruits that you prepare—orange sections, slices, or quarters; apple quarters or slices; banana; grapes; chopped melon; berries; etc. 
  • Pre-cut meats and cheeses
  • Baked potatoes (microwaved)
  • Pre-cooked casseroles
  • Raisins
  • Applesauce
  • Yogurt
  • String or sliced Cheese
  • Soups
  • Bagels
  • Pasta
  • Whole wheat bread, crackers, and graham crackers
  • 100% Juice Boxes

This post was last updated on January 3rd, 2020 at 9:17 AM

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