by Emily Richards
- Sit down with a pen and paper and ask your family what they like. Be sure to get the kids involved and have everyone included.
- Go through cookbooks and magazines or favourite websites to find new ideas to try out.
- Dedicate one night for the kids to cook whatever they want. And if the kids are older, let them get the groceries and cook it themselves so they can own that independence and rock the kitchen atmosphere!
- With everyone’s ideas in place, now you need the ingredients to cook, so go out and get them. This can be a great family activity and learning experience.
- Make a grocery list. Organize it to follow the aisles of your favourite store to save time and don’t forget to shop for those pantry staples you may have already used up.
- Keep on ongoing list where everyone can add needed items when they have been used up.
- If there are jobs you really don’t like, then look for convenient products to help you out, like salad mixes or prechopped vegetables.
- Get into the kitchen and chop, slice and dice to create delicious meals with your family for everyone to enjoy. Turn on some music to get you moving!
- Ask for help and get the whole family involved.
- Think about ways to cook once and eat twice or to prepare ahead. Some people like to cook on the weekends for the week or to prepare more than you need on nights when you have time so you are ready for nights when you are in a rush.
Here are a few recipes to get you started! Photos and recipes courtesy Emily Richards.