Get kitchen inspiration and get ahead with easy tips for planning out meals.
Welcome back to the kitchen. We’re here to help with meal-planning recipes and tips to streamline your effort and get a workable routine going. The best part? You make the rules. This is a great time to explore; take your time and figure out what works best for you — you might find yourself rediscovering some hidden joys in the kitchen, too.
Don’t overwhelm yourself.
Definitely don’t stress out by trying to plan a month’s worth of meals at once upfront. Start with two or three meals at a time and work up to more as you learn what does and doesn’t work for you.
A little homework in advance will save you later. Once you’ve collected your ideas, sketch out a schedule and make your shopping list, sorting it by the department/ aisle of the supermarket to make your shop as efficient as possible.
Bookmark recipes you’d like to try.
Keep yourself inspired by looking up exciting new recipes to mix in with tried-and-true familiar ones. Get ambitious. It’s all about learning new techniques and trying out new flavour combinations.
Keep your sides fresh.
If your meal menu includes reheating leftovers or warming up a frozen casserole, make a really delicious salad or easy fruit dessert to keep meals vibrant and exciting.
Try: Spinach Salad with Pears, Walnuts & Goats Cheese or a Mediterranean Crunch Salad.
Aim for high flavour impact, low workload.
You can get a big payoff with minimal effort. Sheet-pan dinners are easy ways to focus on lots of flavours without a lot of prep, and slow cookers are great for developing deep, slow-simmering flavour.
Try: Peruvian-Style Roasted Chicken with Onions or Slow Cooker Chickpea and Lentil Stew
Remember: Classics are classics for a reason.
If you already have some fail-proof meals that you know and love, make sure to include those in the rotation. Taco night? Pizza Fridays? Pair it with a movie and turn it into a fun weekly theme night.
Have a backup plan.
Cook at least one large-batch meal for serving later in the week or to have on hand in the freezer for the days you don’t really feel like cooking. Bonus: Some dishes like chilli or casseroles just taste better after they’ve sat for a day or two.
Try: Quick and Easy Veggie Chilli or Spinach and Cheese Lasagna.
Don’t forget breakfast.
Make-ahead breakfasts are one of the easiest ways to feeling like you’ve conquered this whole meal-planning thing. Change up your usual cereal or toast and try baking a batch of muffins or oat bars that can be heated for a warm breakfast.
Try: Wholegrain Morning Muffins or Apple, Raspberry and Pear Baked Porridge Oats
Have kids? Get them to help.
Children of any age can help assemble meals like sandwiches and quesadillas and no-cook recipes like salads come together quickly with minimal chopping.
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