Experts Say Planning Ahead Is The Key To Reducing Stress In The Kitchen
(NAPSI)—From busy schedules to picky eaters, mealtime can seem overwhelming for many moms and dads. According to a study by the University of Illinois, some parents report that preparing a meal is so stressful it feels like being in a “pressure cooker.”*
The Pampered Chef, the largest direct seller of kitchen tools, is committed to helping these families come together around the table each night. Through its partnership with the Family Resiliency Center, it has developed a few tips to simplify busy weeknight dinners.
- Get in a food mood. Set aside 10 minutes once a week to jot down upcoming meals and build your shopping list. This can save time and cut down your food budget.
- Take stock of your pantry. Before your grocery trip, double-check your pantry to eliminate last-minute trips for “forgotten” must-have items during the week.
- Add a prep step. Cook one extra thing tonight to make tomorrow’s meal easier. This works best with time-consuming steps, such as browning ground beef, preparing rice or cleaning and cutting vegetables.
- Schedule a fuss-free meal. Enjoy a build-your-own-pizza night or soup and sandwiches—bring the family into the kitchen and let the primary cook off the hook, creating a fun family tradition in the process.
- Cook with others. Collaborate with friends to prepare several meals ahead of time that can be frozen and ready to use on nights you don’t have the time or energy to cook.
Another way to make mealtime quick, simple and affordable is with this family-friendly One-Pot Chicken Dinner. It costs about $2 a serving and is cooked to tender perfection in the microwave in 30 minutes, with two options for a side:
One-Pot Chicken Dinner
U.S. Nutrients per serving (One-Pot Chicken with Herbed Rice): Calories 500, Total Fat 22 g, Saturated Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 125 mg, Sodium 680 mg, Carbohydrate 30 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 44 g