Get Back in the Kitchen.
If you’re a working parent, we feel you. There’s so much going on in your head that time is never enough, right?
When it comes to cooking, ready-made meals, frozen food, and take out sure makes things more comfortable, but you know that’s not the best way to nourish yourself or your family.
The good news is that there are many ways to get back in the kitchen and start making nutritious meals that are both cheap and easy to make; you just have to pull yourself together and start cookin’!
Here are our best tips to get you back in the kitchen and start feeding your family with healthy, balanced meals dosed with the most important ingredient: love.
The best thing you can do right now to get cooking again is planning your week; establish a weekly meal schedule.
Brainstorm until you have a complete list with all your family cravings (try to keep it healthy) and then write down your meal schedule. Think about your favorite dishes and consult the kids too. Don’t make it hard on yourself, think soups, meatballs, pasta, salads, and steak, the sky’s the limit!
Think of different carb sources like mashed potatoes, rice, and pasta. Add vegetables to every meal and alternate between proteins. Fish, chicken, and beef are all OK and squeeze in a few plant-based proteins like beans, chickpeas, and lentils.
Once your meal plan is ready, make a shopping list and make sure you get everything you’ll need for the week (breakfast and lunch included.) If you can, cook your meals ahead of time!
Many working parents cook meals in advance and freeze them, it’s a good way to make the most of your time.
Instant pots, slow cookers, and air fryers are trendy right now, and for a good reason, they make your life easier. It won’t take you much time to master these convenient machines, and you’ll see how your cooking time is reduced in half. Make hearty stews, rice, soups, and casseroles, all with little prep and the push of a button.
A Thermomix, although a hefty investment, is a fantastic machine that will basically cook restaurant-quality meals for you; even ice cream! So, check that one out too.
Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, and that also applies to cooking.
Have Everyone Help.
Cooking is a lot of fun, especially when you make it a family activity. If you’re not spending enough time with your loved ones, the kitchen is the perfect scenario for quality time.
Cooking is a valuable skill for the small ones, and everyone can help, there’s always a task appropriate for all ages.
Give Yourself a Break.
With the right attitude and following the advice above, you’ll be cooking heartwarming meals for your family in no time. And if you’re doing it right, you can give yourself a break once a week and order pizza. Go out for dinner from time to time; you deserve it.
Cooking is one of those things that grab you, once you get bitten by the foodie bug, you’ll find your time in the kitchen enjoyable and satisfying.