Here are 5 time-saving cooking tips to keep you on schedule:
· Plan Ahead - On Sunday, take inventory of what you have in the fridge and plan your meals for Monday through Friday. Then make a list and go to the store. This eliminates the dreaded “What’s for Dinner” question and saves you money by planning around the ingredients you already have on hand.
· Use Healthy and Convenient Foods - Low-sodium and no-salt added canned beans are healthy (7 g fiber/serving) and easy to fix. Consider rinsing your beans to reduce your salt intake.
· Quick-Cooking Whole Grains – Quick healthy dinners are a challenge especially when trying to fit in more whole grains. That’s why quinoa is making more appearances at family dinner tables all across America. Quinoa takes 15-20 minutes to cook and has 3 g of fiber per ½ cup serving.
· Frozen Vegetables – Don’t worry, we won’t tell your friends. Ideal for stir fry or soup when you’re in a hurry, frozen vegetables are still packed with nutrients because they are picked and frozen at the height of ripeness.
· Prepared Vegetables – Whether it’s slaw or a bag of broccoli florets, buying a bag of prepared vegetables is another way to “chop” a few minutes off of your dinner prep time.