Over the past months, I’ve received several questions from single dads who are still beginner cooks but want to make healthier meals for their kids — so I thought I’ll give them a little guide to making dinner faster and better.
Once a Week
No healthy meal is complete without the veggies. Stock your fridge with simple veggies that you can steam or saute in just minutes on the stove top. My picks include broccoli, carrots, and spinach, and try topping them with simple things for flavor. I like a small pat of margarine with reduced sodium soy sauce, or a squeeze of lemon and a teaspoon of olive oil, or a little chopped garlic and grated Parmesan.
Once A Month
Stock your freezer with things you use on a regular basis that can help you make a fast meal — like skinless boneless chicken breast, ground turkey, and healthier versions of frozen fries. Frozen fruit is great for fast breakfast smoothies and desserts combined with frozen yogurt.
Stock Your Cabinets
Pick the cooking method that you feel most comfortable with to start and them pick one to learn on. If you love to grill, then get a stove top grill pan that you can use even in the winter, directly on your stove top. Just be sure that you open the windows for ample ventilation.
Watch The Portion Size
When I cook with my guy friends in their kitchens, I always notice that they make almost double the portions than they need, and kids usually feel less overwhelmed by smaller portions, unless you have a growing teenage boy in the house!
What’s Your Take?
What’s your approach in the kitchen when it comes to making fast kids’ meals? What’s your timesavers? Share it with the rest of the Skinny Chef community below…. Oh, and if you liked this post, consider sharing it via Facebook or Twitter. Thanks.