Every parent knows that the way to a family’s heart is a happy belly. After all, who’s going to be kicking up a fuss when they’re tummies are content?
But with all the errands required to keep the household fort orderly and organised, finding time to make amazing food can be difficult. Which is why it always comes in handy to have a few tricks up your sleeve in preparing quick dinners that taste just as good for the whole family to enjoy.
With preparation taking up most of the time for many meals, you can learn a thing or two from the preparation hacks for a quick dinner below.
Grains for a week
A wonderful complement to almost any dish, grains make an awesome addition for dinner. Not only do they fill you up, they often pair very well with other food with stronger flavours and have the added advantage of being extremely healthy.
To prepare you grains in advanced, you’d be surprised to learn that you can prep a week’s worth of grains. To keep them fresher for longer, simply put the cooked grains in fresh and crisp bags which are airtight.
Prepping grains like quinoa for a week also allows them to sprout which provides additional health benefits compared to non-sprouted quinoa. You’ll also save a lot of time avoiding having to cook grains for each dinner meal.
When ready to eat, simply reheat the grains or serve them cold as you would in a salad.
Sauces for a week
Going with the theme of prepping a week in advance, you can also prep sauces for a week. This does require a bit more planning as you’ll need to have some idea of what your meal plans are for the rest of the week.
Simply prepare your sauces such as pasta sauces, mushroom sauces, gravy, and place them in an airtight container to last.
Prep your veggies well ahead
Taking most of the time in dinner preparations, veggies are an absolute time killer. Not only do they require thorough washing, the chopping and slicing hardships are often the culprits to slaving extra hours away in the kitchen for dinner.
If you know what the family dinner plans are for the rest of the week, it pays off to use any spare time you have to prep your veggies in advance. If you’re not sure what’s on the menu, simply go with a safe option of popular family veggies or all-time favourites where you can’t go wrong if prepped in advance.
Not only will you cut down so much time taken in preparing dinners, you’ll also take the stress away from having to worry about the time it takes to make a good meal for the fam.
When possible, make an effort to prepare your veg right after doing the groceries given you’re on an errand role. To get the momentum going, wash the veggies, cut them into chunks, pat them dry with a paper towel, and pop them in a fresh and crisp vegetable bag to stay fresher for longer in the fridge.
When prepared correctly and when stored in a fresh and crisp bag, vegetables can last weeks in the fridge. All you have to do for meal time is grab a bag and pop the veggies in the pan or oven to cook.
And there you have it!
To quicker dinners for the fam and to less stress in the kitchen when making your meals. Enjoy your dinner.