It’s time to make good on your New Year’s Resolution to nutritionally enhance your meals. As the Chinese proverb states, “Talk doesn’t cook rice.”
Today, Approximately 90 percent of American’s food budget is spent on processed foods. No natter how much you might discuss a subject, (read about, study, etc.) it’s not until you get around to doing something that anything will actually change! Remember, small changes over time make a big difference.
Begin by making a few realistic, incremental changes — which are likely to last. Improving nutrition in your family’s meals is a process occurring over time. Healthful meals don’t have to take a lot of time to be tasty. Julia Child took us all off the hook when she said, “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — just good food from fresh ingredients.”
Being prepared with frequently used whole foods in you pantry and having a few pre-made healthy items on hand is the key to successful, hassle-free, nutritious mealtimes. A few extra minutes planned in advance of your week will reap ten-fold during your most hectic days.
Aaron agrees, “Talk doesn’t cook rice!”
Traditional time-saving meal preparations include bulk meal cooking, multi-use recipes, and shared cooking groups with friends. I find for busy families, basic ingredient bulk cooking takes the least amount of preparation and planning. Cooking extra in bulk cooking allows for the other time-saving preparation, as well as spur-of-the-moment meals.
I don’t know how many times I’ve decided what’s for dinner at five o’clock. Having pre-made brown rice, grilled chicken and hard-boiled eggs available makes a last-minute dinner decision a snap. Many of the kid-friendly recipes in Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater call for these prepared-ahead ingredients. When you have brown rice, chicken and boiled eggs in your refrigerator you are guaranteed to solve your dinner dilemma when your day runs wild!