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Fast And Easy Meal Preparation

Whether it's because you've had a hard day working at home or because you've been delayed at the office, there are days when you need to fix a meal fast and you are too exhausted to even decide what to cook. Your family is waiting to be fed, and ordering a take-out dinner is not an option. You need to be able to somehow prepare dinner - right now.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you knew exactly what to fix for a quick meal in this situation? Rather than frantically going through your kitchen cabinets looking for something you can prepare fast, you would know precisely what to reach for. This is easy to do if you follow the tips and ideas in this article. All you need is a little creativity and a well-supplied kitchen. Meat of any kind, accompanied with pasta and any ready-made sauce is all you need for a super quick meal, for instance. Add some vegetables or fruit and you'll have a satisfying, nutritional supper. The important thing is to keep your kitchen well stocked with simple food items that are easy and fast to fix.

Quick cooking flavored rice is something you should always have in your kitchen; coupled with hamburger, it makes an easy meal. Boxes of pasta side dishes are also very useful; heat one up and serve with a couple of pieces of chicken. Adding a couple of cans of drained tuna to ready-to-serve macaroni-and-cheese will give you a tasty casserole supper in a few short minutes. If you keep supplies of your family's favorite pasta and pasta sauce in your kitchen, you'll always have a fast dinner option available.

Now these ideas will pull you out in a pinch but they may not be the healthiest choices to make. If it's possible, add fruits and vegetables when ever you can. Frozen or canned fruits and vegetables aren't as good as fresh ones, but they are better than none at all. Of course you want to provide your family with the best possible dinner, but in a pinch practically anything will do.

So, the next time you hit the super market, be sure to pick up a few of these time savers for the next disaster day you have. Unfortunately these days happen to all of us and the best you can hope for is to be prepared. Some of these ideas are so easy that even a teenager or your husband can do it!

Organize the time you spend in the kitchen to make cleaning up less time-consuming. Clean while you cook (wash dishes as you wait for a pot to boil, or set the table as you heat a casserole in your oven) and ask family members to help you out. You can reduce the number of pots and pans to clean by using a crock pot to cook your meals. Choose among the many easy and time saving slow cooker recipes available online.

So try to be prepared for a last minute meal by keeping something in the back of the cabinet just for that purpose. Encourage your family to help when ever possible, and make the very best of the time you spend in the kitchen by multi-tasking to get it all over with as quickly as possible. Sticking to this plan will allow you enough time to soak in a nice warm bubble bath before you hit the bed!


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