Tips for Enjoying Good-n-Easy Meals
When you live life on the go, cooking a healthy, delicious dinner isn’t always easy. If your New Year’s resolutions include getting more fit, though, your diet will be a big part of your plan, so skipping the drive-thru on your way home to your apartment is a must. Luckily, there are lots of ways to craft a great meal, even when you’re short on time. Try these tips for quick cooking that tastes great – and is good for you, too:
Embrace the Slow Cooker
What could be better than having someone cook your food for you while you’re at work? If a personal chef isn’t within your budget, a slow cooker is the next best thing. Just toss in the ingredients before you head out to work, and let the cooker do the rest. Chili
is a classic choice, but there are loads of tasty and nourishing slow cooker recipes
to choose from.
If you’re not a morning person, chop and assemble your ingredients the night before so all you need to do is add them to the pot.
Make Two, Freeze One
Like a slow cooker meal, casseroles
allow you to make a one-dish masterpiece, saving you time and energy on clean-up. They also provide a balanced meal with several food groups in one bite. Next time you choose to make a casserole for dinner, double your ingredients and make two. Eat one right away, and then pop the other in the freezer
for the future – it’s your own version of fast food for a busy day!
Save extra breadcrumbs to sprinkle on reheated casseroles for leftovers that still have some crunch.
Speaking of one-dish meals, there’s nothing quite like a pot of steaming soup on a cold winter night. Soups are a staple of every culture
, so you’ll never run out of new recipes to try. It’s also easy to add Meatless Mondays to your life by making a simple vegetable soup
: just sauté some of our favorite chopped veggies in a pot and add a bit of boxed stock, plus noodles or rice if you like.
Stop by the store for a baguette on your way home and warm it in the oven while your soup is heating up.
No matter what your taste, you can plan ahead to make these quick, easy meals any night of the week, with plenty of leftovers for convenient, cost-effective lunches. With a pantry full of healthy ingredients and these fast recipes at your fingertips, you’ll have no trouble keeping your resolution to enjoy a healthier lifestyle this year.