Confident Kitchen Helper
The essentials for preparing quick, healthy, and delicious homemade meals.
Cooking delicious, nutritious meals at home can be easier than you think and can save money, too. It takes a little organization and planning, but the results are well worth the effort. And don't forget... our cheese is:
Here are a few timesaving tips you can use to prepare and enjoy tasty, tempting food at home.
- Keep staples on hand so you'll always be able to fix a healthy meal on a moment's notice.
- Use a family calendar and plan ahead for the meals you'll cook at home during the week.
- Use a detailed list of ingredients for the meals you're planning and shop once for the week. Including your children in this process teaches them skills ranging from nutrition to math.
- Cook in batches on the weekend and create "savings account meals" — foods like soups, chili, and casseroles — which can be frozen and used later in the week on nights when there's no time to cook.
- Plan to shop for healthy snacks, too. Fresh fruit, reduced fat cheese, whole grain pretzels and crackers, and nut butters are all good choices.
By working together to make good food and healthy meals a family affair, you can start your children on the path to a lifetime of healthy eating.
Healthier Eating Tips
- When there's a choice, go for the low-sodium option. If you need it, you can always add salt later.
- Use 100% whole-grain or multi-grain breads, crackers, cereals and pasta whenever possible.
- Choose produce that is in season when possible and look for locally grown varieties at your grocery store or farmers market. Remember that you should be eating 2 to 4 servings of fruits and 3 to 5 servings of vegetables every day.
- Get protein from a variety of sources, including lean cuts of beef and poultry, fish, beans, nuts.
- Use small amounts of high-flavor, quality cheeses like Cabot's Extra Sharp, White Oak, Alpine or Farmhouse Reserve Cheddar to boost the flavor in dishes without adding too many extra calories or fat.