Food and Drink

Easy Family Meals: The Secret to Eating at Home

In today’s rushed modern world, easy family meals cooked at home and eaten as a family around the dining room table are becoming more of a luxury as time goes by. Take a glimpse of our quick night meals ideas will help you fit dinner into the family’s busy schedule every night.

Many women work outside the home and even those that don’t seem to be constantly confronted with a never-ending to-do list. The fast pace of modern society doesn’t leave time for the old traditional values of family cooking and meal times.

Consequently, many families have abandoned the idea of a good home cooked easy family meal in favor of fast food and take out. It’s convenient, quick and there’s no washing up after wards!

Unfortunately however, take out is often unhealthy and expensive. And, in addition to placing a strain on our budgets, grabbing a quick fast food bite undermines the family unit by robbing our families of precious hours spent talking together around the dinner table in the evenings.

With the ever increasing emotional and financial pressure of modern times, many families are looking for a way to slow things down by returning to traditional meal times. So how can you incorporate a regular family dinner time around the table into the lives of our loved ones in today’s hectic world?

It’s easier than you would think with these simple meal planning steps:

1. Gather together 15 to 20 easy recipes. Look for the following:

Recipes that everyone in your family will enjoy.
Recipes with a preparation time of 10 to 15 minutes and a cooking time of about 30 minutes.
Recipes that use simple, commonly available ingredients.

2. Keep your cupboards stocked.

Make sure that you always have a supply of all the common ingredients that you like to cook with. These ingredients will be different for each family. For instance, keep chili on hand if you like Mexican food, keep tinned tomatoes on hand if you like Italian and so on.
Whenever any of these ingredients is running low add them to the weekly shopping list.

3. Plan your meals for the week.

You can do this in 20 minutes on a Sunday afternoon and it will make a tremendous difference to your week. Plan a meal from the easy recipes you have chosen for each night of the week.
Tip: Make sure to incorporate one or two off nights as well. For instance, have a leftovers night, a grilled cheese sandwich night or even take out night. Anything that gives you a break once or twice a week is fine as long as you stick to the meal plan.

4. Go through your planned meals and check what meat and fresh produce you will need.

Add these items to your weekly shopping list. Make sure you have a supply of all the other common ingredients you will need such as salt, pasta and potatoes. This will only take you another ten minutes once you get the hang of it.

5. Shop once a week and follow your list.

This way you stick to your meal plan and you reduce additional, unnecessary expenditure. If you see a special running while you are at the store, buy it now and incorporate it into next week’s plan.

6. Take out the ingredients for the evening meal before you go to work in the morning.

This gives frozen food time to defrost and stops you from having to figure it out when you’re tired at the end of the day.

And that’s it! You’ll find that once you get into the habit of spending a few minutes planning your meals for the week, the rest is a snap.

You’ll come home from your busy day knowing exactly what you need to do to get dinner on the table in under an hour, and that’s half the battle won!

No more standing in front of the freezer wondering what to cook. No more realizing (too late) that everything is frozen and won’t defrost in time for dinner. No more emergency take out bills and calories!

Before long cooking and eating together as a family will become a pleasure rather than a chore and your family will have hours more quality time together.