Better Nutrition – Making Healthy Food Convenient

What can you do with a chicken, a roast, and some hamburger? No it’s not the start of a joke, from these ingredients you can create an entire weeks worth of meals. In today’s fast paced society, people eat on the run without planning for nutrition.
The problem is when you fail to plan, you are really planning to fail. When pressed for time, people often choose convenience foods to fulfill their nutritional needs. Unfortunately there is little nutrition in these highly processed choices.
The western lifestyle of busyness has caused many to routinely make poor food choices. The only way to combat this common scenario is to pre-plan meals and even pre-fix meals. By making healthy foods convenient, you increase the chances of eating good nutrition on a regular basis.
This is common to many families, as well as mine. I found myself so busy advocating for health and wellness that it was hard to find time for it. I had to find a way I could feed my family healthy home cooked meals even when I was short on time. I started looking into websites that promoted cook once and eat for a month, but I found that too overwhelming in my already busy lifestyle. However this gave me an idea for a less daunting method, pre-planning meals on a week by week basis.
I started out one Friday evening by putting a whole chicken into a crock pot filled with water and spices. In another crock pot I put a beef roast in water with spices. I divided five pounds of hamburger, two pounds into patties and left one pound for browned loose meat and two pounds for two meat loaves made with oats, ketchup, onions and flax meal This was my first attempt at cooking my meals for the week in one day.
On Saturday the crock pot meat was cooked and I began to prepare the hamburger. I boiled the pound of hamburger until cooked through and set it aside. I coated half of the hamburger patties in breadcrumbs for baked “chicken fried steaks” and left the other half plain. I lined them onto cookie sheets and placed them in the oven until cooked through.
From these three meats I was able to prepare several different recipes and package them to freeze or store in the refrigerator. I also made a large amount of mashed potatoes. By adding light cream cheese, it became easier to reheat and maintain the creamy texture. The following are the most common recipes, but the options are limitless.
• Chicken: Chicken and noodles, BBQ chicken, chicken parmesan and chicken and rice.
• Beef: Roast beef, Beef and noodles, BBQ beef, Beef and vegetable stir fry
• Hamburger: Chicken fried steaks, hamburger steaks, taco meat, Sloppy Joe’s and meat loaves or meat balls.
By pre-fixing the main dishes and potatoes, I only had to add the vegetables and any other quick fix side dishes or salad. This saved a tremendous amount of time. I realized that when I came home I could pick any of these meals to warm up and serve. I knew how the food was prepared and where it came from, something I could not say before with my frequent pre-packaged meals.
Preparation only took two to three hours and gave me more than enough food for the week. Of course this could be adjusted to suit the size and tastes of your family. But the concept is easily adapted. You can check out the cook once, eat for a month websites, to learn more about foods that store well and storage methods.
March is Healthy Nutrition month. If you find yourself short on time, try this time-saving method to improve your family’s nutrition and to increase your time with the family. This method saves not only time, but money by reducing spoilage and utilizing similar ingredients throughout the week. Pre-planning and pre-fixing meals pays huge dividends for your peace of mind and your bottom line.It appears that your web host has disabled all functions for handling remote pages and as a result the BackLinks software will not function on your web page. Please contact your web host for more information.

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