Mummy says…You probable already know know that mealtimes can often be one of the most stressful parts of the day. With all that we have to get through in a day we have less time than ever to plan a healthy meal. It can be all too easy to slip into the bad habits of processed ready meals and junk food.
Thankfully there is plenty of help out there from recipe blogs to delivery services to help us make sure that our little ones are well fed and us parents don’t get too stressed out!
Here are some of our time saving family meal tips:
I know (and I am sure you do) how a little preparation goes a long way in making mealtimes go smoothly. Having a weekly plan of meals can help with your grocery shopping and stop you from relying on fast food.
Online resources like Mumsnet are particularly helpful in organising a good weekly meal plan so that your family gets all of the nutrients they need. And it will also help boost your culinary skills by trying out fun new recipes too!
Recipes for every day
There’s plenty of handy websites that can also help us get a little inspiration in feeding our families. The ever-reliable Jamie Oliver has a great selection of dishes that can be quickly prepared so that we’re not having to spend all day in front of the cooker to feed our families.
And there are some great handy vegetarian recipes which can help in that seemingly impossible task of trying to get the kids to eat their five portions of fruit and veg every day! Personally I prefer vegetarian dishes most of the time too!
There are times when it’s impossible to throw together even the simplest pasta salad. But rather than heading to your nearest unhealthy takeaway, why not try and find a healthy restaurant t0 make sure that the children aren’t just filling up on burgers and fries.
There are plenty of restaurants like LEON that are starting to get a good reputation for offering fast and fresh produce to people on the go. And many of the wraps, burritos and salads featured here can also be found on the Deliveroo website so that you don’t have to necessarily rely on oven food.
If you do somehow manage to get a spare afternoon put the time to great use by cooking up a big stockpile of curries and stews to freeze for the next hectic day.
So from some handy take-out options to the online help of celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver, I hope these time saving family meal tips will help you and your family.
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