Ten family meal prep hacks we swear by
Whether you’re cooking for the kids or need to kick start your family meal prep for the week, cooking for a household can be overwhelming. There are so many things to consider: keeping meals healthy, sticking to a budget, and of course – making sure the kids will actually eat it. It can take the joy out of nutrition for the best of us! With that in mind, here are our top ten fail-safe tips to turn cooking for your fam back into something you can look forward to.

...the secret is out – we’ve released Family Meals in the Tammy Fit app!! If you're on mobile, all you have to do is open your app for some extra family meal prep inspo. It includes Tammy's go-to meal for Wolf and Sass. 🍲

 

Here are our top 10 budgeting tips:

1. Make a menu. Decide in advance what recipes you want to try out for lunches and dinners for the week. When you have a plan, you will be less likely to spend your money on fast food or convenience meals. Set up a weekly planner and take a look at Family Meals in the Tammy Fit app for some inspo.

2. Plan at least one meatless meal a week. Meat is expensive! Legumes (beans, lentils and dried peas), eggs, tofu, peanut butter or even canned fish are great options that are super tasty and can be found at an even better price point.

3. Plan your meals around foods that are on sale. Store promotions and online advertisements are the key to finding great buys at your local grocery store. A long as they suit your weekly plan, no food will go to waste!

4. Clean out your pantry, freezer and refrigerator. What do you already have? Look at the expiry dates and see which ones you need to use up first. Then, it’s as simple as looking for recipes using those foods and ingredients. You might find a new unexpected favourite family meal!

5. Avoid recipes that need a special ingredient. Sometimes recipes call for special ingredients that you may not have lying around. Before making that purchase, think about value for money. Can you use it in other recipes before it expires? Is it worth the money for a recipe you are only going to make once? It’s amazing how often you can swap ingredients out with ones you already have at home.

6. Enjoy bulk grains more often. Rice, pasta, barley and couscous are super inexpensive when bought in bulk. They can be used in all sorts of recipes from soups and salads to stews. 

7. Cook more than you need, and plan to use leftovers. Think about how you can turn your leftovers into new meals! For example: If you made a roast chicken with veggies on Sunday night, you can then make the veg into sandwiches for Monday lunch, or even use the chicken bones to make a soup.

8. Double-batch every meal. For example, If ground beef is on sale, make two batches of lasagne instead of one. This way, you can serve one for dinner and freeze the other batch in meal-sized portions for school or work lunches.

9. Look for seasonal recipes. Fruit and veggies are soo much cheaper when they’re in season.

10. Know what your family loves. Encourage your kids to share their favourite meals and get them involved with the menu planning. That way, you can keep an eye out when those foods and ingredients are on sale. Make sure you share your faves too, so your partner can work with you on nights when you’re not cooking!

 

Yes, stick your budget – but have fun! It’s great to experiment while cooking and you may surprise yourself with the finished dish. The more you can transform cooking from a stressful chore into a nutritious family-building activity, the better.

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The Tammy Fit Team xx