Meal Planning During School

Not sure how to have healthy, family meals now that school has started?  Don't worry -- we can help!  Try a few of these tips to help make meal planning easier during the busy week.
  1. Plan ahead.  Have a day off?  Sit down and plan what you will fix each night for dinner for the next week.  Think about nights that you may get home a little later and plan to have leftovers for a quick meal.  This will also help when going to the grocery store and gathering all ingredients for the week ahead.  For more quick and easy meal tips, visit our previous blog post on quick and easy meals
  2. Use a slow cooker.  Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and let them simmer all day.  When you come home in the evening, dinner is ready!  Check out our previous blog post on Slow Cooker Meals for recipes and ideas. 
  3. Food pantry staples.  There are several food items to keep on hand for quick dinner ideas.  Keep these items on hand in case you are running short on time to prepare a quick, healthy dinner.
  4. Canned food.  Canned foods can be very helpful when looking for quick meal ideas.  Use canned meats such as chicken or tuna, beans, and vegetables with no salt added or reduced salt.  Try these canned food meal ideas to prepare a healthy dinner for your family?
Do you have tips on preparing quick and easy dinner ideas during the school year?

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