Easy meal ideas
There may be times when you don't feel like cooking the family meal. You may be tired, have no time to cook or just can't be bothered. Instead of drive through takeaway (which will actually make you feel worse after!) - keep your fridge and pantry stocked with these quick family hunger fixes.
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Sometimes the thought of cooking away in the kitchen is too much to bear. The kids are screaming, the dishes are piled up and Spag Bol for as a meal for the third night in a row will not suffice.
Instead of opting out and taking out, be prepared with a little forward food planning for the family. Identify when you're less likely to want to cook. Does it happen on a regular basis? Is it when you've been working more than usual that you don't feel like cooking? Keep track of how often this happens each week, then prepare the kitchen and pantry for these occasions.
Quick pantry pull-togethers
- Keep frozen meals in your freezer. They take 5 minutes to heat up. If you buy Weight Watchers brand, the POINTS values are on the packaging.
- Stock up with filling, quick foods such as canned mixed beans and microwave rice. Nuke the rice, stir in the beans and toss in any vegies lurking in the fridge.
- Have a packet of frozen stir-fry vegetables to throw in the wok for a quick meal. Add ready-to-use hokkien noodles, a tin of flaked tuna plus a little soy and oyster sauce. Dinner will be healthy and ready in minutes.
- Keep pasta and tomato-based pasta sauce in your cupboard. Add fresh or frozen veggies and sprinkle with chopped fresh herbs like basil.
Healthy takeaway options
If you do decide on the convenience of takeaway - choose wisely. A creamy Thai curry can have over 12 POINTS values and while pizza may be quick, burning off the kilojoules won't be. Instead, opt for one of these top takeaway choices:
- Thai - Vegetable and chicken or prawn stir-fry
- Italian - Napolitana pasta
- Indian - Vegetable korma
- Chinese - Chicken chop suey
- Japanese - Sushi rolls or a teriyaki dish with rice
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- Manage family snack attacks
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- Healthy smoothie ideas
- Add flavour (not fat) to your meals
This article was originally written for Kidspot.com.au in conjunction with Weight Watchers as part of their Positively Life Changing initiative.