We should all know that home cooking is better for you than constantly buying takeout food or resorting to microwave food. While some of us are more than willing to learn how to cook for themselves, others find it extremely time-consuming and difficult to cook for their family. So if you’re in the latter group and are looking for ways to simplify family cooking, then here are a couple of tips we can offer.
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Don’t be afraid to prepare meals in advance if it makes your life easier
Preparing meals in advance is a great way to save time and also takes advantage of buying your ingredients in bulk. Preparing in advance generally means that you’ll be spending more time cooking and preparing food on the weekends, but it saves you plenty of time during the week where you’re more likely to feel lazy and resort to takeout food because cooking seems too daunting.
Prepare things that you know will last a long time and are great for snacking
There are plenty of foods that you can prepare at home which will last a long time and are perfect for snacking on. For example, homemade dips can last a really long time and are great for things like vegetable sticks. This is a healthy way to snack and the ingredients for a dip can easily be scaled up depending on how much you want and how much your family will be using. They can be stored away in jars and then used whenever you want, making it a great way to prepare different foods to spice up your meals.
Buy in bulk if you really want to save money on your groceries
As a general money saving tip, remember to buy in bulk so that you save money. Anything that is perishable or can expire should be avoided, but food cupboard items can be bought in bulk and safely kept for a long time. Just don’t get into the habit of buying loads of different kinds of foods and letting them spoil. This tip goes great with food prep as well since you can buy in bulk and prepare all of the food in the same day.
Don’t be afraid to follow recipes for different kinds of meals
Don’t be stubborn about how you cook! There are loads of great recipes such as this 20 minute homemade sausage gravy that you can master and add to your own repertoire of dishes. As you learn different recipes, you’ll start seeing how different ingredients work together and how you can mix different textures and flavours to make something delicious.
Get to know what your family likes to eat
If you want to make cooking for your family a lot easier, don’t hesitate to ask them about their favourites and what they like to eat. This is a great way to learn about their preferences so you know what bulk items to buy and what to focus on cooking so they enjoy your meals.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.