How to Save Time in the Kitchen

How to save time in the kitchen

How to save time in the kitchen

The new year has officially started, so your schedule is probably jam-packed. The good news is you don't need to sacrifice better-for-you foods for the sake of time. Healthy foods can be just as quick as fast foods, and will make you feel a whole lot better about what you're feeding your family. There are plenty of fast options that don't involve a drive-through:

  1. Look for microwaveable brown rice for an easy, whole-grain side. Whole grains are less refined, so you get more of the natural vitamins and minerals.
  2. Buy pre-cooked chicken breast and frozen fajita vegetables for a shortcut. Cook the veggies and add the chicken at the end to heat; serve in tortillas or over a salad and top with a little bit of salsa.
  3. Start turkey chili (lean ground turkey, chopped onions, crushed tomatoes, canned beans and seasoning mix) in a slow cooker in the morning and it will be ready for you when you get home.
  4. Sauté chopped veggies, add slices of chicken or turkey sausage (a leaner option) and add to cooked pasta. Look for packages that say "fully cooked" to cut down cooking time.
  5. Try eggs for dinner - they're affordable, filling, and cook in minutes. Serve with a small salad and toast for a simple and delicious meal.
  6. Top an English muffin with tuna salad and a little shredded cheese and cook in the toaster oven for a speedy tuna melt. Make your own tuna salad with shredded carrots and celery for crunch and try substituting some of the mayo with plain nonfat yogurt to lighten it up.
  7. Use a whole-wheat tortilla wrap, tomato sauce, reduced-fat cheese and veggies to make an easy, personal-sized pizza. Let everyone get involved to pick their own vegetable toppings.

Calling all busy military spouses: Do you have a great tip for serving something healthy to your family in double-time? Share it with us, and we'll repost it here with a personal shout out. And don't forget to take a look through our recipes and meal plans for more simple recipes that you can make in minutes.