Try using a slow-cooker or a crock pot for soups, roasts, and stews.
This way you do not have to constantly watch the food. The food
will be ready and hot no matter what time everyone gets home!
Build the main part of your meal around rice, pasta, or other grains.
Use a smaller amount of meat, poultry, fish, or eggs.
When you can, cook meals in bulk. Freeze the rest and then you will
have a meal already prepared!
Put leftovers in the freezer, use them
in the next night's meal, or pack them in lunches tomorrow.
Cook with a friend and trade meals for variety.
Have your children help you plan one meal a week.
If you give them a budget and some rules (like "No Big Macs allowed!")
you might be surprised what they come up with! Also, this takes the
stress off of you for a night.
Balance your meals. Have variety and color from all of the food groups.
Add variety to family meals. Cook family favorites
plus new recipes. If you usually make mashed potatoes, try baked potatoes
or potato salad instead.
Plan healthy snacks for your family. Fresh and
dried fruit, air-popped popcorn, crackers, and low-fat string cheese
are all healthy snack ideas.
Find out about how to keep your family healthy in our food safety section.
This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in cooperation with the
Maryland Department of Human Resources and the University of Maryland. The University of Maryland Extension
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
assistance to people
with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more,
contact the Maryland Department of Human Resources at 1-800-332-6347 or apply online at www.marylandsail.org.