5 Time Saving Healthy Cooking Tips

by kmstarry@gmail.com on November 14, 2016

couple cookingOne thing that puts so many of us off on eating more healthily is the time involved to cook from scratch. So, today we are going to talk about 5 time saving healthy cooking tips. Now there are no more excuses not to eat healthily!

1) Plan ahead

If you plan your meals out a week at a time and then grocery shop accordingly, not only will you save time by avoiding making multiple trips to the grocery store, but you will save gas. By planning ahead, you’ll also have all of the ingredients you need when you cook
2) Use canned products

Beans for example are a great source of fiber and nutrition, but dry beans take a lot of time to soak and cook. A faster alternative is to use canned beans. One caution is canned beans tend to have a higher sodium count so choose ones with “reduced sodium” or “no salt added”. If you can’t find these, just rinse the salted variety well before cooking and you’ll reduce the salt content by 35%. Not only does using canned products save time, but they store well for use later.

3) Choose quick-cooking whole grains

Cooking something quickly, but yet still healthy is a challenge in itself. But by choosing from a variety of quick cooking whole grains, you can do it. For example, quinoa only takes about 15 to 20 minutes to cook, yet it provides 3 grams of fiber per ½ cup serving, with only around 100 calories. Other quick-cooking grains include barley, bulgur and oats. 

4) Use prepared fresh vegetables and fruits

Most grocery stores have packages of vegetables and fruits in their produce isle that have been already washed and cut up. This can “chop” time off of your food preparation process along with saving you the time of having to clean up and discard the waste. For example, packaged coleslaw mix is great to use in recipes calling for shredded cabbage but doesn’t create a mess.

5) Cook in bulk

As long as you are going to dirty dishes and cookware, why not make big batches, separate into meal-size servings and freeze them. It will only take a little extra time to cook a larger batch, but will save you lots of time from having cook each night and do dishes multiple times. Many people use one of their days off to cook enough meals for the next week. I love doing this. 

Then you will have prepared packaged food that you can just pop in the microwave to heat, saving you time … quality time you can spend with your family or relaxing instead of cooking from scratch every night. But you will still be eating healthy, and you will not be tempted to eat out.

After a busy day at work or taking care of the kids, the last thing you need to do each night is to spend time preparing a meal for your family. Plus get some quality family time by employing them to help batch cook. It ends up being fun for everyone, plus they learn a life-skill that will serve them well once out of the house and on their own. 

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