Cooking well-balanced, nutritious meals that satisfy everyone at the dinner table can be a daunting task given our busy lives. But Pampered Chef can help you keep dinner on track with a little planning and prep. Here’s how:
1. Swap Salt for Herb Appeal
Chop fresh herbs in advance and then freeze them in herb freezing trays for easy access when you’re ready to make dinner. Heat up what you’ll need, and save the rest for later in the week.
2. Store Extra Pasta Sauce
Make pasta sauces ahead of time and freeze them in leakproof containers. Thaw them the day you’ll use them and cook your favorite noodles. It’s an Italian feast in no time. Serve with a side dish of steamed vegetables or a fresh, tossed salad to balance out the carbs.
3. Lighten up the Carbs
4. Stock up on Homemade Chicken Stock
Chicken stock from the store is loaded with salt. And you won’t believe what a difference making your own can have on all your soups and stews.
Freeze chicken bones and then use them to make stock in our Rockcrok® Dutch Oven by adding water and ingredients like celery, carrots, onions, and parsley. Cool the broth, skim the fat off the top, then strain the liquid. Use it in soups like our Hearty Tuscan Soup with Parmesan Croutons.
5. Easy Side Dish: Steamed Veggies
6. Root Vegetable Side Dish Idea
Parboil root vegetables and then freeze them. Toss them with olive oil and put them under a broiler on a sheet pan. They’ll be ready to serve alongside your chicken or fish.
7. Jar Your Own Minced Garlic
What do you do in your kitchen to cut down on prep time, eat healthier, or save money? Share in the comments below!
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