Fabulous Family Meals: Tips to Help You Save Time in the Kitchen!
There are a number of practical ways that you can reduce the amount of time you spend in the kitchen preparing dinner.
Check out these helpful timesaving tips that you can use when you are cooking dinner for your family tonight.
Make Meals in Advance
Weeknights are often hectic and getting dinner on the table isn't always easy. Save yourself time and stress by preparing several meals at one time and freezing them.
Before you head off to work in the morning, select the meal you want to serve that night and put it in the refrigerator to thaw. When you get home from work, just pop it in the oven and reheat it. Knowing you have a delicious meal waiting for you at home may also help you resist the temptation to pick up dinner at the nearest drive-through restaurant.
Here are a few delicious, family-pleasing Rice-A-Roni® recipes that would be perfect for you to make ahead of time:
- Chile Chicken Rice Casserole
- Creamy Skillet Baked Chicken and Rice
- Speedy Stuffed Peppers
- Roasted Ratatouille with Chicken and Rice
Use Ingredients You Have on Hand
It's a common problem - you're in the middle of making dinner and you realize that you are missing a key ingredient and you don't have time to run to the grocery store. What are you going to do?
First, take a deep breath and relax. Next, head to your refrigerator or pantry and see if you can find a substitute for the missing ingredient. Odds are you have something on hand that will fit the bill. For instance, if you are making your family's favorite chicken and green bean casserole and you realize you forgot to put the green beans on your grocery list, why not substitute that bag of frozen mixed vegetables instead?
Be sure to try our Meal Maker to discover other great meal ideas you can make with ingredients you have on hand!
Give Last Night's Leftovers a Mealtime Makeover
Do you include your leftovers when you are gathering ingredients to make dinner? If not, you are overlooking a potential goldmine.
Last night's leftovers can actually be a lifesaver when you are trying to get dinner on the table in a hurry. For instance, you can turn leftover chicken breasts from Monday night into a plate of festive and flavorful chicken tacos that will thrill your entire family. Serve them with some Mexican or Spanish flavor Rice-A-Roni® and a salad to complete the meal. Then take any leftover Rice-A-Roni® from that meal and add it to your family's favorite soup recipe or jambalaya later in the week.