How to Make Homemade Meals More Often

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Homemade meals don’t have to be out of your reach. Cooking at home can be an everyday thing with a few helpful strategies.

How to Make Homemade Meals More Often

Grilled Salmon with Herbed Seasoning Mix

Do you dream of making homemade meals on a regular basis? Ditching the boxed mixes and the takeout in exchange for home baked cookies and a dinner you prepared yourself?

That’s a pretty good dream! Not only is homemade better for you and usually cheaper, it also tastes better and brings people together both for preparation and for enjoying!

You don’t need to have a culinary degree or even a badge that says, “Holly Homemaker”. You just need to decide to do it — and follow a few helpful strategies. 

How to Make Homemade Meals More Often

1. Decide today to make a change.

Decide to cook homemade meals instead of buying commercially prepared foods. You have to make it a conscious decision to do this. And you need to stick to your guns. Let everyone know that you’re going to make breakfast, pack lunches, and/or prepare dinner more nights of the week.

You don’t have to do it all. Choose a small goal, but commit to it. Letting other people know helps give you accountability. You’ve got some pride, right? Use it to your advantage.

2. Make a list of family favorite meals.

What are the foods that you know how to make that your family enjoys? These are the ones to focus on as you make the transition from convenience/fast food items to homemade meals.

It doesn’t matter how long (or short) your list is. You just need a starting point, a place to look to when you’re stumped for ideas and the McNuggets are calling your name.

How to Make Homemade Meals More Often

3. Stock the freezer, fridge, and pantry will healthy foods.

Consider doing a basic stock up of items that you use most frequently. This can be tricky on a budget, but it is so helpful to go to the cupboard or fridge and be able to whip up dinner on the spot. Running to the store can sometimes lead to a detour through the closest drive-through. If you’ve got food at home already, you’re more likely to eat that!

One word of caution. Okay two. Maybe three.

1. Don’t overload the veggie drawer. Only buy the fresh produce that you know you will eat up this week.
2. Don’t spend beyond your means. Focus on nutrient rich foods that you know your family loves.
3. Don’t make things too complicated for yourself. Stick to basics until the habit is ingrained.

4. Try a new technique or recipe once a week.

While it’s good to focus on the basics, it’s also helpful to shake things up once in awhile. Try a new cooking technique or test out a new-to-you recipe every once in awhile. It will keep your chops sharp and expand your repertoire.

Just be sure to have lots of salad and bread for side dishes in case there’s a mistake too big to overlook. It happens to all of us!

Cooking homemade meals can help your health, your budget, and your family time! I know you can do it. Let me know how I can help you.

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What are YOUR favorite homemade meals to make?

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  1. Katie C. says:

    I think it’s important to have a few, or at least one, quick go to backup meals. Mine is frozen turkey burgers, buttered noodles and peas. I make a big batch of the burgers, wrap them in plastic and put them in a zip lock in the freezer. They are simple to defrost in the microwave. This also allows me to buy ground turkey when it is on sale. Speaking of which, I’m down to my last burger better find some ground turkey on sale 😉

  2. I already implement go to meals, and you inspired me to start freezer cooking. I am working on trying a new recipe at least once a week. Our favorite go to recipes, spaghetti and Taco Tuesday.

  3. We had to reduce our food budget by $200 per month this year to replenish our emergency funds after medical expenses and car repairs last year. We have done it mostly by reducing our eating out to twice a month. It was clear early on that I would have to add some new dishes to the rotation to keep boredom at bay. Most of the new additions have been good and a couple have been big hits.

    What we are struggling with is lunchbox boredom. Due to new health issues, everyone now brown bags lunch — no more hot lunch at school. After weeks of soup and sandwiches everyday, we are all needing a change of pace. It’s easier for the adults. We have access to microwaves at the office, which is not an option for the kids. This is a work in progress…

    • My daughter wouldn’t eat lunchmeat at all, so sandwiches were not on the menu for us. The soup thermos can hold other foods like mac and cheese, pasta salad, leftover hot pasta dishes. Wraps break the sandwich mold and can be filled with tons of different things; breaded chicken tenders with lettuce, tomato and ranch; blt; shredded bbq meat and coleslaw. Mini kabobs with fruit and cheese, because anything on a stick is more fun. Younger kids love dipping, a make ahead sweet or savory yogurt dip with fruit or veggies. Homemade nachos or salsa and chips.

    • Have you tried bowls? I’ve been making my husband and me Quinoa Bowls with Chicken and veggies. Lots of roast veggies, too.

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