30 Minute Meals

Now that school is back in session, most families’ schedules are busier than ever. After school activities and sports make it difficult to have family dinners. You may want to serve your family nutritious meals, but don’t feel you have the time to commit to cooking. But a healthy meal doesn’t have to take hours to prepare: In fact, you can prepare many healthy meals in 30 minutes or less! With a little planning, these tips, and help from our 30 minute healthy meals Pinterest board, you'll be eating home cooked meals in no time.

 

Plan Ahead

The saying, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” is true when it comes to meal prep. One of the most crucial steps in cooking quick meals at home is preplanning. Take time once a week to make a meal plan. Then, make a list of all the ingredients you need to make each meal before you head to the grocery store. When you get home from purchasing the groceries, take the time to prep as much of the food as you can ahead of time. Cut up veggies to add to a stir fry, slice chicken into tenders that are ready to bake, or prep several jars of overnight oats. It will save you time when you go to actually cook the meals, because some of the prep work will already be done.

Stock Your Pantry with Basic Staples

When you are trying to cook healthy meals at home, you should have some basic staples on hand that are easy to prepare in a pinch. Pasta, rice, beans, and frozen fruits and vegetables can all be prepared quickly. If you are selective in choosing options with good nutritional value you can provide an inexpensive, healthy meal for your family in no time.

Make Use of Your Freezer

Like your pantry, a freezer can be a valuable asset in serving quick, nutritious meals. When you cook a meal, double or triple the recipe and freeze the extra servings. This will give you a stockpile of healthy premade meals when the schedule gets particularly hectic. You can also prepare freezer meals that can be thawed and cooked in the crockpot, so when you walk in the door after a long day of work, dinner is ready and waiting.

Repurpose Leftovers

Leftovers don’t have to be boring. Get creative and incorporate them into new recipes throughout the week. Leftover pot roast can become barbeque beef sandwiches. Green beans that were originally served as a side dish can be incorporated into a casserole. Repurposing your leftovers can save you time and money, while still allowing you to serve your family a delicious, nutritious meal.

Use Our Pinterest Board as a Resource

It is no surprise that Pinterest is a popular source for recipes. However, it can be time consuming to try to sift through all of the recipes on Pinterest to try to find ones that are quick, nutritious, and delicious. Luckily, our team at Xyngular has done the hard part for you. We have created a 30 minute healthy recipes board that has recipes that meet all of your criteria. Use it as a resource when you are looking for quick and nutritious meals to serve your family.

Make 30 Minute Meals Part of Your Routine

Every family is busy. You don’t have to sacrifice family mealtimes just because schedules get hectic. Incorporate 30 minute meals into your routine, and take the stress out of meal time!