You may be too hot to cook, but you still need to eat - and you may have a whole family that depends on you for food, so your decisions are important. While it's tempting to simply go out to eat every night, no one really needs the extra calories, fat, or sodium. A little planning and some clever use of time can get fresh food on your table without keeping you in the kitchen all day!
Try some of these simple tips:
1. Take advantage of summer's fresh produce Visit your local farms or your farmer's market and stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. Take them home, wash and portion them, and keep them in your fridge. Kids and adults alike will happily snag a zipper bag of cold, fresh fruits or veggies for snacks.
2. Bust out your crock pot and keep your kitchen cool We tend to think of our crock pots as winter tools, but the fact is that you can cook an entire meal in a crock pot and never once have to turn on your oven or stove! If you run your crock pot over night, you're cooking while you're not even in the kitchen, and your lunch or dinner will require only the microwave.
3. Cook once, eat twice When you do fire up your stove or oven, double the recipe. Leftovers can be microwaved for lunch or dinner, or re-purposed into new dishes: leftover steak or chicken can be diced and marinaded and added to a big bowl of bagged salad and fresh veggies for a quick meal. Most importantly, plan ahead. It's too easy during the long, hot days of summer to leave it to the last minute and end up at a fast food restaurant. See the below links for some great ideas:
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