According to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, busy families have no excuse not to eat healthy food. It can sometimes be overwhelming to even think of whipping up a healthy dish for the family after a long day at work, school, soccer practice and other day-to-day activities. Rather than opt to order pizza or other unhealthy foods, it is always helpful to have a few good tips for a healthy meal every day.
Cooking with Crunch a Color is a fund raiser that was set up as part of Jamie Oliver’s Global Food Revolution Day. The theme was healthy cooking tips for the busy modern family, and Amy the Family Chef was kind enough to donate her time to share some great tips that any family can use to turn their diet around. There is simply no excuse to have a balanced, healthy meal at the end of a long day. Below are some of the tips that you could use:
Opt for versatile recipes
Learning simple, flexible recipes is a sure way to ensure that you always have variety at the dinner table every week night. Learning a recipe means that you can cook it fast and cook it well. The problem however is that the dish will soon become boring and monotonous. There is a way
to overcome this problem.
The solution is to have a number of simple recipes which when the ingredients are tweaked, transform into different dishes. This is a sure fire way to build your confidence in the kitchen, and ensure that you always have something special and healthy up your sleeve. </p>
#1 – Change Ingredients
We are going to borrow from Amy’s Easy Italian Chicken recipe which is a great example of what you should be aiming for. The main spices in the dish are garlic and thyme, but when these are substituted with oregano, cumin, chili powder, with lime and a drizzle of honey in place of the wine added at the end; the dish transforms into a Mexican fiesta.
The main idea is to have between five and ten of these recipes in your cookbook, and you will never be short of dishes to whip up at dinner time. This is less stressful than having to practice new recipes every weeknight after a long day of family activity.
#2 – Always have a few special tricks.
It doesn’t matter how long you have been cooking, it always pays off to add to your wealth of information (or lack of) by getting special tips that you can easily incorporate in your dishes.
One such tip is mixing berry crisp in the pan you intend on using for cooking. This will save you a little time, and more importantly, means less dishes at clean up.
You can also learn how to cut an onion easily so you don’t cry. Few people also know that you can add frozen spinach into your risotto, and you wouldn’t even need to defrost is first.
A few special tips such as these will help making dinner less stressful. The point is to learn tips that will help you to enjoy cooking.
#3 – Cook with friends.
Sunday afternoons don’t have to be boring when everyone seems to have their own â€thingâ€™. Instead of lazing around lamenting about how lonely the house feels, invite some good friends over to cook together. Sharing good healthy family food with friends is a great way to pass a weekend afternoon.
Another great thing is that there is always something new you can learn about cooking from others. You don’t need to have professional chefs come and teach you how to make great healthy family dishes. You would be surprised at how much your friends know about cooking that you had no idea about.
Just like a book club, have a group of friends to share healthy cooking tips and recipes with.
#4 Cook together
Kids who help out in the kitchen are more likely to enjoy healthy food simply because they had some input in it. It is a great idea to get the entire family together to cook a meal. Apart from some great bonding time, you will also be instilling the ideals of healthy cooking in your kids from a young age.
There are plenty of excuses to dismiss this idea. Cooking with kids can be hectic, slow and messy just to mention a few. It is however all in the approach that you take.
Invest some time to teach your kids how to peel, cook, and wash up and so on. Encourage them to learn, and you will soon be in sync in the kitchen. A family that cooks together is more likely to stick to a healthy food diet. The extra help also wouldn’t hurt getting some of the burden of cooking off your shoulders.
#5 Find creative ways to make meals fun.
If the food looks good, everyone will want to eat it. Avoid serving take out or frozen foods. The food is unappealing and not to mention unhealthy. Find ways to make your meals creative and even the pickiest child will want to wipe their plate clean.
Use fresh ingredients to cook, which you can easily find at the farmers market. You should also consider growing some of your herbs. Adding color to your food is an especially great idea especially where kids are involved. Use ingredients such as avocado, jicama, mango and
radicchio to add a splash of color to your salad bar. You don’t have to restrict yourself to the cook book. With a little imagination, you can make amazing healthy dishes that everyone will want to eat.
Lastly, make your recipes as simple as possible.
Good healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated. A few simple recipes and ingredients is just what you need to ensure that you family has a healthy meal every night.
Eating healthy is a lifestyle. Apart from helping you and your family lose weight, these tips will help your family become healthier and happier overall. Take these simple tips and implement them, and be sure to be on the lookout for healthy cooking tips by Jamie Oliver and other renowned chefs with a passion for healthy family cooking.
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