A part of food is the shopping for food. Make your trip to the local market a family affair! Make your list together, clip coupons together and shop together. Remember when you are shopping to stick to the outer limits of the store; produce, fresh meats, poultry and seafood, frozen vegetables and dairy.
The interior aisles of the grocery store are laden with processed foods filled with sodium, bad carbohydrates and high fat contents. None of these are good for you in the long-term. Buy fresh as often as possible, frozen when fresh is not available and canned (in most cases) as the last resort. The average time in a grocery store shopping for a family of four is one to one and a half hours once a week.
Use this day for your quick fix dinner by taking advantage of the deli. A nice dinner includes a rotisserie chicken with fresh salad. You can use the leftovers for lunch the next day by putting them in a wrap; add a piece of fruit and you have a well- balanced and filling lunch (a great time saving tip for the mornings is to prepare your lunch the night before).
Another great week night menu is Baked Catfish in parchment paper. This is a meal that takes very little prep time and only about fifteen to twenty minutes of cook time. If you do not have parchment paper you can use foil (if using foil be sure to spray it with pan spray). Thin slice red potatoes and place in center of paper or foil with a sprinkle of Italian seasoning or your favorite dried herb. Place fish on top of potatoes with a little more seasoning and ½ teaspoon pat of butter. Take a small handful of baby spinach, halved grape tomatoes and place on top of fish. Roll ends up creating a “package”, place on a sheet pan and bake at 375 degrees for approximately 15 minutes. Voila, you have a one pan dinner ready in no time with very little clean up.
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