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Making healthy meals doesn’t always have to mean hours spent in the kitchen or elaborate recipes. There are many things you can do to save time in the kitchen and still enjoy healthy, delicious meals.
Here are some of my favorite tips on how to put together quick, healthy meals!
- Always have essential meal ingredients on hand. I like to keep time-saving ingredients stocked up in the pantry: whole grain rices, pastas, canned vegetables (beans, corn, tomatoes etc.), spice packets, and broths. Plus, Earth Fare has many delicious Handpicked premade pastas and sauces to choose from that take less than 10 minutes to prepare.
- Take advantage of the grocery store doing the prep work for you! You can buy fruit, vegetables, and starches already washed and cut. You can also find meats and seafood already marinated and trimmed. In the deli, you can even find these things already cooked for you so that the hard part is done–just incorporate these into your meals and dinner is ready in no time! I love buying the rotisserie chickens from Earth Fare to put on salads, in taco bowls, or to eat with one of their new, delicious barbecue sauces for a quick, satisfying meal.
- Make “half-homemade” meals. This can be done by starting your meal off with a few already prepared ingredients (frozen) and bulk them up with your prepared vegetables or protein. For example, you can buy a frozen pizza and top it off with some chicken and veggies for a well-balanced meal.
- Sheet pan meals require just a short amount of time in the oven and only one pan. I like to make salmon with roasted potatoes and asparagus that I toss with olive oil and seasonings and bake all at once. It saves you time, a mess, and everything is ready at the same time!
- Slow cooker recipes are easy ways to make meals pretty much hands free. These can incorporate your essential ingredients with some fresh ones and take only a few hours to cook, so dinner can be ready when you get home from work without taking any time away from work or family. One of my favorite things to do with slow cooker meals is to make them in large quantities to eat throughout the week or freeze for later when there is no time for cooking.
Overall, the best tip to put together healthy and quick meals is to plan ahead! Make a grocery list, have a game plan, and try to use some of the same ingredients for multiple meals, which will not only save you money, but also time and stress.