Fast Evening Meals

Let’s Get Cooking! Here are a few cooking tips and tricks to help you get a tasty meal on the table in no time and feel good about what everyone is eating.

1. Plan Ahead

You’ll be more efficient and prepare healthier meals by planning ahead. Pick a day when you can take 20 minutes or so to inventory your fridge/pantry and to plan out your meals for the week. Prepare an organized grocery list and make a trip to the grocery store. Having a weekly meal plan will allow you to identify small do-ahead steps that you can knock out in advance; for example, making a marinade the entire night before intended for chicken cutlets or prepping several days associated with salad greens at once. No matter when you fit it in, planning ahead will set you up for fast (stress-free) healthy meals all week long.

2. Slow Cooker (aka crock pot)

Slow cookers prepare your meals for you while you are away so you can come home to a kitchen smelling like a yummy home-cooked meal. Slow-cooked dishes are ideal for making ahead and reheating for lunch or dinner tomorrow, or freezing for a quick meal next week.

3. Freezer Favorites

Stock your freezer with a few dishes that freeze and defrost easily so that all you have to do on those hectic weeknights is reheat. For example, bake a large tray of lasagna or a big pot of chili on the weekend, divide into 2 or 3 smaller meal-size portions, and freeze for easy reheating during the week.

4. Re-fresh Leftovers

Zapping leftovers in the microwave can definitely leave something to be desired. But when leftovers are transformed completely into another dish, it’s a whole different (delicious) story. Using leftover chicken as a filling for tacos or combining it with cooked rice and veggies to make a stir-fry is genius and easy.

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