Many families today eat a lot of fast food and prepared convenience foods due to the lack of time they believe they have. The problem is, these foods will end up being very expensive ‒ not only at the supermarket, but also will result in more visits to the doctor due to the lack of nutrition and unhealthy ingredients in such foods.
Thankfully, you don’t have to give up healthy meals or avoid cooking just because you’re busy. You can eat well, and cook too, without giving up anything ‒ including time.
Plan Ahead – Trying to start cooking without a plan is like going on a trip without a road map or GPS. You need to know what your final goal is before you even write one thing down on a shopping list. Plan meals, plan when you’ll cook, and plan who will help.
Cook Assembly Line Style – Get all the ingredients out and measured first, putting containers away immediately, then put it together in order like an assembly line. Get help from the family to make it even easier and a time of bonding.
Shop and Cook Weekly – Shop with your weekly flyers to buy what’s on sale and in season. Then the next day organize it and prepare it all for reheating and enjoying throughout the week.
Feed the Freezer – Whenever you cook, double the recipe and freeze half. This will make a homemade TV dinner to use when time is short or you simply don’t feel like cooking.
Have a Cooking Party – Want to make a bunch of one item? You can organize a cooking party. Everyone brings something to the event; everyone helps cook (and eat), then everyone takes home a portion to put in their freezer for eating later.
Have a Pot Luck Party – Another way to cook less, yet eat more, is to have a pot luck. You need no reasons to organize a pot luck. Make the invites, clear the times of the party, and you’ll have fun visiting and save time too.
Swap Cooking Duties – Take turns with friends and family having “family meal night”. If you had five friends willing to participate, you would eliminate five nights of cooking for yourself and them.
Keep Plastic Wrap Cold –You know how hard it is to get plastic wrap to cooperate, and you end up with a horrible mess. But, you can end that today by storing your wrap in the refrigerator. This will cut down on the static and help it stick only to the dish you’re covering.
Use Parchment Paper – This is a great way to keep your pans cleaner and avoid sticking food. Just use to line any pan you plan to bake with parchment paper before putting the food on it. Once the food is done, toss. Side note: Using parchment paper also cuts down on how much fat you have to add.
Use Equipment Creatively – Did you know you can use your waffle iron to make other things besides waffles? Take a baked potato; smash it in a hot waffle iron – instant crispy delicious hash browns.
Make Lunch Salads in a Jar – Put dressing on the very bottom, add cherry tomatoes, then everything else, ending with the lightest ingredient such as lettuce and spinach. Seal jar tightly. Shake before eating to distribute dressing. Eat right out of the jar.
Stop Overcooking Veggies – Sadly, most people overcook their veggies to the extreme. Most veggies taste best and are most healthy when lightly steamed or roasted. . You’ll save time, and improve your health too.
Sneak in More Veggies – Add extra veggies to all your meals to up the nutritional component of them. For example, chop zucchini and add to chili, or shred carrots to add to spaghetti sauce. You can also add veggies to mac & cheese; just use your imagination.
Cook Ahead – Using a crockpot you can start your oatmeal before bed. Or for a real energy pick-me-up, serve fruit smoothies each morning from frozen fruits and veggies. This takes literally minutes and can be enjoyed on the go.
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My favorite meal to cook is lasagna!! The whole family loves it!
Lately, I’ve been really into making stuff for tacos/nachos/burrito bowls, etc. I cook up the meat, beans, rice, prep the fruit and veggies, etc and everyone can do their own thing! Big crowd pleaser too.
My favorite meal is pot roast and apple pie for dessert. Thanks!
My favorite meal cooked at home is chili with cornbread.
Favorite meal has to be slow cooked roast rice and gravy!
My favorite home cooked meal is Eggplant Parm!!!! (Thick circular slices of eggplant, not thin long slices!)
My favorite meal cooked at home is four cheese macaroni and fried chicken.
Pasta with my grandmothers recipe for sauce!
My favorite is Lasagna
My chicken and dumplings. I make the best Ive ever tried.
steak ceasar salad
My favorite meal to cook at home is vegetable stirfry! It’s so healthy and easy but tastes so good.
I love cooking for my family and just made turkey meatballs and pasta last night.
My favorite meal has always been meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn and gravy.
My favorite cooked meal at home is lasagna.
I love to make lasagna at home. I use my grammas recipe, it is so comforting.
I love Chicken parm!
I like quick and easy, so my favorite dish bbn is ranch chicken tacos with homemade guacamole.
I love to cook anything Italian that is homemade from scratch.
Pulled pork bbq from a pork shoulder in the Smoker with Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce and Uncle Ray’s bbq chips
Meatloaf, macaroni and cheese and broccoli.
Chili for us
I love my moms homemade meatloaf
I love pasta!
My favorite meal is my son’s Chicken Carbanara
Favorite meal is Chicken and Dumplings. Comfort food to the max!
My favorite meal to cook at home is steaks and potatoes.
My favorite home cooked meal is Meatloaf
Home made spaghetti is quick and simple.
When I cook boxed meals, they do better with the oven method.
I LIKE TO MAKE CHICKEN TACOS FOR MY KIDS 🙂
My favorite is pork chops with rice and gravy.
My favourite meal cooked at home is Butter Chicken and rice….healthy, versatile and tasty, as well as being popular with the kids.
I like cooking fish in foil in the oven with lemon slices.
Thanks for the contest.
My favorite meal to make is chicken and rice
I love fried chicken, garlic mashed potatoes and Italian green beans.
Oh man! You have to get an Instant pot to make your life easier! Spaghetti and Meatballs is a favorite cooked in it! You can make so much stuff quick and easy and the meats fall off of the bone, tender!
Chicken Alfredo is my favorite
I love homemade Mac n cheese
Cooking Tip: Even good cooks make mistakes. They just know how to fix those mistakes. For example, if you over-salted a soup, you can add potatoes to it to cut the salty taste.
Although not really a tip, my favorite way to cook is to go to the store and find what is on sale, buy whatever is on sale, and make a meal like on chopped.
Once a month I clean out my freezer and cabinet. Everything that I think has been in there too long goes in a soup pot. I then add spices and potatoes or rice.
spagetti and meatballs
I made up a breakfast pasta dish that my family loves and that is my favorite dish to make right now.
Chicken cutlet parmigian is my favorite.
I like home cooked vegetarian lasagna
My favorite meal cooked at home is chili
chicken and dumplings
My favorite is grilled steak with asparagus and baked potato.
Homemade Noodles and Beef is my favorite recipe to make/eat at home.
I love to make stuffed shells for my family!
My favorite meal cooked at home is shepherd’s pie.
I like to cook Tuna Noodle, or Chicken Noodle Casseroles. Yum! Thanks and God bless!
My favorite home-cooked meal is fajitas
My favorite meal cooked at home is lasagna.
My favourite meal cooked at home is lasagne with garlic bread and salad.
I love to cook sheppards pie!
homemade pizza for sure..
My favorite thing to cook at home is slowcooker meals such as pulled pork or barbecued beef.
MY FAVORITE MEAL COOKED AT HOME IS SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN
My favorite is homemade macaroni and cheese
My favorite is fried chicken, mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. All bad for you but all so good.
My favorite at home meal is roasted chicken and sauteed zucchini and summer squash.
A lemon salmon with roasted potatoes and green beans (:
Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Vidalia Onion Pie!
I like to make a veggie stir fry and switch out the sauces to get different flavors and variety.
My favorite meal is pot roast.
Mississippi pot roast is my favorite meal to make. Comfort food at it’s finest.
I think our grilled pork chops.
I love spaghetti and meatballs the best
My favorite cook at home meal is chicken pot pie!
Homemade chicken and dumplings is my absolute fave!
My favorite meal cooked at home is homemade heirloom tomato soup with grown up grilled cheese sandwiches.
My favorite home cooked meal is anything my husband makes!
Bacon Eggs and Sausage.
Any kind of pasta dish; we make it really tasty esp in the summer with garden veggies!
spaghetti for me
My favorite meal cooked at home is pot roast. It’s so good 🙂
Depends on the season, but i really love my homemade chili, my grandmothers apple pie, or my mom’s tater n beef casserole
Anything Mexican- tacos, enchiladas, rice and beans
any kind of pasta!
my favourite meal to make at home is pot roast
my fave is lasagna
I like BBQ chicken sandwiches with coleslaw.
My all time favorite comfort dish is beef stroganoff!
Stir fries for sure! I can use whatever leftover vegetables I have on hand and make something quick and healthy in no time.
I like to cook chicken stir fry
A good cook is part Scientist and part Artist. Exact and unpredictable. I write notes after I have made a meal as to how to improve it next time.
I use a crockpot a lot, it makes dinners very easy.
My favorite meal that I cook at home is steak chowmein. It is easy to make and delicious
Make sure you let meat ” rest” after cooking it. Makes a big difference especially with steak,!
My favorite meal is pork steaks. They’re really hard to find, though!
Love cooking in large Italian meals for the whole family.
My favorite meal we cook at home is a pasta dish with a spicy, thin sauce with shrimp, scallops, calms, and mussles.
My favorite meal to cook at home is teriyaki chicken with white rice ^^
Spaghetti is my favorite home cooked meal.
Chicken Tikka Masala
white bean chicken chili
My favorite meal cooked at is authentic Mexican tacos!
Scrambled eggs and kimchi for me 🙂
I’d have to say my favorite dish to make is a super rich multi cheese pasta dish.
I really love homemade enchiladas or lasagna 🙂
We eat a lot of meals that consist of meat, pasta, cheese, and potatoes.
My favorite meal cooked at home is spaghetti.
My fave home cooked meal is BBQ meatballs- a family recipe– so good!
I like pot roast.
My favorite meal is baked chicken with gravy.
My favorite to cook at home is General Tso’s Chicken.
Practice makes perfect
Always keep your pantry stocked with staples so that any missing recipe items you are sure to have.
I love making a whole chicken with mashed potatoes and homemade gravy.
My favorite meal: Grilled pork chops, mushroom risotto with either a salad or grilled asparagus. Ice cream for dessert.
Homemade Hamburgers and Shrimp fried rice.
My favorite meal cooked at home is Fried rice with pepper steak.
I love grilled chicken marinated in italian dressing.
My favorite meal cooked at home is fajitas, with all the trimmings.
Lasagnas are hard to cook properly, but when they are it’s a treat, and my favorite !
My fav cooked meal is chicken chili
Amazing hacks ! Cant wait to share these with my friends!
As it get cold I love cooking Chili (best damm chili recipe).
Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with some well seasoned or marinated chicken breast – baked or grilled
I love making spaghetti & meatballs.
I am so hungry… I can’t wait to make and eat 🙂
I like pizza.
Chicken parm def is for me. Thank you
Spanish Cauliflour rice
I love pasta cooked at home. Lasagna and penne alla vodka are my favorite.
My family loves curry!
My favorite home made meal is vegetarian chili mac!
I love Pigeon Peas with Rice(Sambhar Rice) the most.
My favorite is garden salad with homemade hummus.
I love cooking an indian chicken curry with lots of veggies and rice!
wow, extremely helpful
I love cooking salmon!
My favorite thing to cook is Spaghetti Carbonara
I really love making home made burrito bowls at home. Thanks for the nice giveaway!
My favorite is Green Chili Stew. My husband and I make it together.
Home made pizza!
I love pasta dishes.
spaghetti and shakshuka.
Love these! Always looking for ways to save time and headaches while cooking 🙂
My homemade cheesy mac and cheese just like my grandmother used to make.
My favorite meal to cook is oven-roasted chicken and vegetables.
My favorite home cooked meal is chicken alfredo pasta.
My favorite meal is French fries
My favorite meal is lasagna.
I love swedish meatballs! So good!!
My favorite thing to cook is chicken and dumplings
I love Jewish style brisket. It is so delicious!
White pizza, with the crust brushed with EVOO and crushed garlic and broiled lightly. Then you top it and cook it with cheese.
My cooking tip is add a paper towel to your veggie bins to keep the veggies fresher longer. Change it when it gets damp.
Pineapple bacon sausage with smothered cabbage.
We love lasagna
I love to make lasagna
I do love lasagna.
My most favorite meal is ribs, sauerkraut & potatoes in the crock pot.
My favorite is tacos.
My favorite meal at home is lasagna.
steak on the grill
I love making breakfast for dinner. It’s a hit everytime. Tip for bacon. Put it into a COLD non preheated oven at 400 for 13 to 20 minutes.
I like making casseroles (shepherd’s pie or a chicken/turkey pot pie) because it’s the easiest way to get my family to eat vegetables.
Chicken and veggies
We like chicken enchiladas.
Our favorite is chicken and rice casserole.
My fave meal is roast beef sliders!
I love homemade vegan lasagna.
My favorite home cooked meal is chicken piccata..
spaghetti is a fast and easy homecooked meal! 🙂
I love it when my husband grills steaks at home. My kids love it when I make spaghetti and meatballs.
I love a good beef roast served with mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts.
Add garlic loves to everything!!!
Planning ahead for me is the #1 tip. It’s never failed me so far 🙂
hey thank you for the tips!!!
My favourite is steak and potatoes.
My favorite meal is baked chicken and cabbage
I like making sliced kielbasa and potatoes, with peppers and onions!!
I love making meat loaf.
Ohmigosh, prawns! Prawns, with a ton of butter, garlic, white wine, and freshly squeezed lemon, over fresh white rice. You gotta add some nice, fresh white wine to drink, and bread and butter to sop up the sauce.
I love my very easy turkey chili.
My favorite meal cooked at home is Spinach Enchiladas.
my favorite cooked meal is hot dogs and mac and cheese my mom made.
I am terrible at cooking but I guess my favorite meal I cook is salmon and rice.
We like chicken and noodles and mashed potatoes
I love to make Chicken with Apricot Sauce. It is soooooo wonderful. Put it with green beans and mashed potatoes!
My favorite meal is spaghetti and meatballs.
My favorite home cooked meal is Chicken Francaise
Our favourite meal is making homemade pizza on naan bread. So fresh and tasty!
spaghetti and meatballs
My favorite meal is lasagna
My favorite meal is cheese ravioli with meat sauce
My favorite home cooked meal is a pot roast, gravy and mashed potatoes. So good!!
Lots of good Hacks, I need all the good suggestions I can get. Thanks
My favorite meal is roast and potatoes.
Eggplant parm is my favorite.
Dont cook much but help out with the dishes so it makes clean up faster!
Lasagna is my favorite home cooked meal
Shepherd’s Pie is a favorite at my house
My favorite meal at home is a pot roast with potatoes, carrots, onions and gravy! So good that the meat just falls apart and tastes so yummy and juicy!
Love Spaghetti nice and easy.
We like to make homemade pizza!
We love lasagna
I think I really enjoy a good home crafted salad with lots of greens and some chicken.
My favorite is pilaf (if you know, what is this))
I love to make spaghetti and meatballs.
I usually prepare meals for the week on Sunday afternoon to save some time.
My Favourite meal cooked at home is pizza!
My favorite meal is pot roast and potatos
My tips would be to make ahead things that can easily be frozen. That way they can just be popped in the oven on busy days!
I love homemade lasagna.
i love cooking chicken at home
chicken soup is my goto home cooked meal
My cooking tip would be to make sure you use the right oil for your cooking. Some oils burn in high heat and some are just for flavoring (like sesame).
I like spaghetti & garlic bread.
Our favorite meal to make at home is Taco Pie! Originating with friends, we’ve taken the taco and put it into a deep dish pie,…it. is. delicous!
My Fiancee cookes carne asade con verde and rice and it is so delicious. Quick. easy and spicy!! Delicious
I love to make lasagna at home.
I love cooking lasagna at home.
My favorite recipe to make is my delicious chicken fajitas and anything Mexican. I do love a delicious Beef stew though.
Great tips. I never though of cooling plastic wrap to make it easier to manage.
My favorite home cooked meal has always been Shephard’s Pie. It’s my ultimate comfort food.
My favorite meal is mashed potatoes!
i really enjoy making chili because we make it a family affair allowing each person to take turns making suggestions/
My favorite meal to cook at home is baked Macaroni and Cheese,
Favorite meal cooked at home: Baked Ziti.
Cooking tip: Hire a chef.
A roast of beef with baby potatoes and carmelized onions.
My favourite meal to cook at home is katsu curry.
Cancer is related with bad eating habits
my favorite would have to be ribeye steak with friend gators and a green salad
I love to cook veggie or chicken stir fry at home!
My favorite home cooked meal to make my family is chicken fajitas. I cut up all the veggies ahead of time in one bag and cut-up chicken and put it in a marinade in another bag and it’s so easy to throw together in a sheet and put into the oven at dinner time. Best part is my kids love it!
I like to make homemade chicken stronganoff.
I like to cook chicken tetrazzini at home.
Como buen español mi comida preferida es la tortilla de patatas y la paella
i love to make homemade chicken paprikas
I like spaghetti!
lots of garlic is the key !:) and cheese!
We like to make homemade pizza. It is one of the few times our kids can “help” in the kitchen and actually be helping!!! SE make smaller pizza crusts for each of them, and let them decorate their own pizza. They love it!!
This is great, thank you for the tips!
Nothing better th a spaghetti with meat sauce. However, I don’t like to cook the spaghetti noodles in the sauce. It makes it too starchy tasting. Cook the noodles in boiling water separately.
My favorite homemade dish is definitely pizza. We just started making them at home and it’s not so hard!
I really like too make and eat meatloaf at home. So good with mashed potatoes and green peas!
My favorite meal cooked at home is spaghetti and meatballs.
I like to cook American chopped suey.
I like to make enchiladas.
I like to have a roasted chicken and veggies and salad.
our favorite meal is meatloaf, mashed potatoes and veggies
My favorite home cooked meal is New England Pot Roast Dinner.
pizza is my fav
I like meals that are healthy, tasty, and easy to make. I like seasoning chicken and veggies and roasted them in the oven!
I don’t know why but my fav thing I make at home is hashbrowns for breakfast.
My tip is when you are following a recipe, espeically if its the first time, make sure you read it through completely before cooking anything. That way you know if you have all the necessary ingredients and tools available plus it helps with time management.
I love to cook spaghetti at home.
I love making cauliflower crust pizza.
My favorite meal to cook is one that is on the grill. I think those are the easiest and best since I get to hang outside!
My favorite home cooked meal is baked ziti.
My favorite home cooked meal is chicken and sausage gumbo, with steamed broccoli and a garden salad.
My favorite meal is sweet and sour chicken over rice.
I enjoy stuffed peppers.
Just some nice steaks on the grill.
Pasta with meat Bolognese
My Favourite meal cooked at home is lasagna!
Wow I will have to try a few of these TY for the info…
My favourite thing to cook at home would be stir fries. Suitable ingredients are always at hand to make sure the dish comes out tasty! I agree with what you say about people overcooking veggies. Constant pet peeve of mine!
Chicken Tikka Masala.
Baked ziti is my favorite.
I like maple and shallot chicken thighs.
I love roast beef, yorkshire pudding, roasted carrots and gravy.
My favorite meal cooked at home is perogies.
There are so many things I love to cook.. Now that the weather is warming up, we are BBQing a lot – chicken, burgers, veggies.. And there are a lot less dishes (pots and pans) involved, so that is a bonus of using the BBQ, too. If I’m not feeling in the mood for a lot of cooking I will buy a bag salad and a roasted chicken. It is easy and healthy.
Prep beforehand, make large batches, eggs make good snacks.