Cooking for the family isn’t easy, especially when everyone has different tastes and needs. There’s often little time to prepare but you still want to make sure you’re providing a meal everyone will love that’s also good for them. The good news is that with a little planning, you can prepare nutritious and affordable meals for your family with little fuss.
Here are some tips on how you can do it (while also saving money on your grocery bill):
QUICK AND EASY DINNER RECIPES
Healthy meals don’t have to be fancy or time-consuming to prepare. Have a list of family staple recipes that you can make in under thirty minutes for those busy weeknight dinners.
Quick recipes are not only best for preparing in a hurry, but they also usually contain fewer ingredients which means fewer items in your shopping basket. If you don’t already have some favourites, there’re plenty of places you can go to find them. Try taste.com.au and Jamie Oliver’s Family Basics to start.
Plan out your week in advance so you know what you’ll be cooking for dinner each night.
Use this as the basis for your shopping list – which also has the bonus of reducing impulse purchases once you get to the supermarket. When you plan you’ll have all the ingredients on hand for when you need them, with no last-minute dashes to the supermarket on your way home from work or after school care pick-up. You’ll also be less likely to resort to takeaway foods which can save you money too. Record your meal plan using an online meal planner, or simply write it down on a whiteboard, blackboard or in your diary.
UNDERSTAND HEALTHY EATING
Understanding what your family needs to eat for optimal health can help you plan healthier meals.
The Eat for Health website has some resources for meal planning and healthy eating on a budget. Healthy and delicious family meals don’t need to be expensive or complicated. If you plan, use simple recipes, and understand healthy eating you can provide your family with affordable meals they’ll love.