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Make family mealtime easier with the tips and recipes in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- Meal plans
- Frozen vegetables
- Advance preparation
- Meal exchange (optional)
Plan a week’s worth of meals in advance so you don’t waste time staring into the fridge, wondering what to cook.
Rely on frozen vegetables
Rely on frozen vegetables. Because they’re flash frozen as soon as they’re picked, they’re usually just as fresh, or even fresher, than non-frozen.
Cook in batches
Always cook in batches. It’s just as easy to roast two chickens as it is one – or three for that matter.
Do prep work
Do prep work in advance, like boiling a whole bag of rice that can be reheated in portions later in the week, or cooking a big batch of potatoes that can be served scalloped one night and made into home fries on another.
Get kids involved
If you have kids, get them involved in prep work, like washing and spinning greens for salad, and setting the table.
Think in threes
Think in threes when you cook, as in how you can get three meals out of one main course. A ham dinner one night might be ham paninis two nights later, and the scraps can be thrown into a hearty bean soup or vegetable-heavy stir-fry that you freeze for another time.