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10 Great Tips On Cooking Meals

10 Great Tips On Cooking Meals

If you are as busy as most people you are always looking for ways to feed your family in convenient, fast, yet not-too-expensive ways. Try the following suggestions:

1. Cooking several meals for the week at one time. It may take a few hours of your time up front but will pay off in the long run when you come home each evening and have a meal ready to eat in a short amount of time. Try cooking a roast and using part of it as a main meal and then using some for sandwiches, beef stroganoff or as part of a stir-fry. Fry several pounds of hamburger and make a casserole, taco meat and chili to freeze for use later in the week.

2. After you return home from the grocery store clean all the fruits and vegetables you can. When it’s time for a meal all you will have to do is cook them or add them to a salad or soup.

3. Get ideas from the cooking shows on T.V. There are great shows that show you how to make a healthy meal in a short time.

4. Develop a revolving recipe file. If you get bogged down by the idea of having to plan 30 meals a month the recipe file is for you. Let family members choose some of their favorites and put the recipes in a monthly file. Flip to day five or fifteen and there is the meal just waiting to be cooked.

5. Enlist the help of the members of your family. As soon as the kids are old enough divide up the cooking responsibilities. Let everyone take turns with specific tasks or the whole meal. Pair these meals with fruit and veggies that have already been washed and cut-up and you are ready for dinner.

6. Share the cooking with friends or neighbors. I’ve known people who cook four or five of the same meal and then trade with four or five other people. This works best when people share the same basic ideas on what they like and don’t like. It’s a great idea though for a very easy week of evening meals.

7. Save coupons for those convenience things at the grocery store. They have entire entrees and dinners either fresh or frozen. Sometimes they are rather pricy but with the coupons they are good to have on hand for an evening when everyone is running in different directions and time is of the essence.

8. It’s O.K. to eat out from time to time. Clip coupons for these occasions and if you have kids keep a look-out for the places that have special prices for children. Some of the fast-food restaurants are trying to offer item choices that are a little more healthy.

9. Many larger cities have businesses that prepare food for the evening meal. They seem expensive at first but are so convenient and available for one person or entire families. There are many menu choices and meals cooked for special diets. When you calculate the groceries you buy and the times you eat out each week, this may work for you.

10. Combine several of the above ideas into a plan that is best for you.

It is possible with a little planning to cook meals that are quick and easy without spending hours in the kitchen every day.

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Are There Any Good Websites with Simple, Easy to Understand Recipes?

Are There Any Good Websites with Simple, Easy to Understand Recipes?

The internet has made finding great recipes a much simpler process than flipping through tons of cookbooks. Today you can find tons of tasty recipes online of your favorite dishes to prepare. Whether you’re looking for recipes from famous chefs or from households such as yours you will enjoy this great list we have below of the best places to find recipes on the web.

Allrecipes.com

At the top of the list for best online recipe website is allrecipes.com. This site has some of the most basic meal tips to the most intricate dishes to prepare. The site is very easy to navigate through. You simply determine which types of recipes you’re interested in as they have categories that include crock pot, healthy dishes, desserts, dinners, and more. What’s even better about this site is that you can check out reviews of what others have to say about the recipe to determine whether it’s something you want to try out or not.

Delish.com

Another great website to find simple yet easy to comprehend recipes is delish.com. This site is great for cooks of all stages as there are recipes that are basic in nature as well as those that require a bit more skill. What makes this site great is that they have trending recipe choices in case you’re just not sure what you want to make. They have a list of their favorite recipes, and you can also ask questions and have them answered by others who use the site.

Food.com

Next is food.com which is a great site to find easy recipes. You can easily search through their categories to find a recipe that you’re interested in. Not sure what else you should pair with your main dish? Check out their meal planner section and begin learning how to pair meats, starches, and veggies together for a meal your family/guests will enjoy every time.

Foodnetwork.com

Modeled after the ever popular Food Network found on most cable networks is foodnetwork.com. There you can find some great recipes that were completed by your favorite chef on their television show. Look up some of the top chefs and find tips and tricks on how to prepare their favorite dishes with ease. Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy or a bit more complicated you will find everything you need right here on this popular cooking site.

Cooking should be easy to understand and fun to do no matter what recipe you use. Begin searching these great sites and combining ideas for your next meal. To add variety to meal times consider learning a new recipe on the weekly basis until you get the hang of it. Your family will certainly love the change in their meals and will appreciate the effort you took to prepare them. Also as a rule of thumb it is always better to stick to the recipe until you’re gotten the hang of things and then you can put your own spin on them to make the meal more of a signature dish you can enjoy time and time again.

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