Every parent knows it can be a struggle to prepare a nutritious meal that the whole family will enjoy. Finding time to spend around the table during back-to-school season can be particularly challenging, but not impossible. Actress, chef and mother of two Haylie Duff has a few expert tips and tricks for creating delicious and nutritious meals on a time crunch.
Keeping the fridge stocked with pre-made ingredients is a simple time saver. Adding ingredients such as pre-cut vegetables or Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs to on-the-go snacks or family meals is an easy way to boost the nutrition of a recipe without all of the prep work.
Preparing meals ahead of time to pull from the fridge or freezer and pop into the oven will help save time and reduce stress. Setting aside a couple of hours once a week to plan and prepare meals can go a long way toward making the school week more relaxed. Plus, planning ahead means more time around the table with loved ones during mealtime.
On busier days, let a slow-cooker do all the work. You can make tasty recipes, such as roast chicken with steamed veggies, a quiche or a healthy pasta dish. Simply put the ingredients in the slow cooker and fire it up. In the meantime, you'll have more time to spend playing with the kids or helping them with homework.
It is so important to keep little tummies full with top quality ingredients such as Eggland's Best eggs, which are packed with superior nutrition compared to ordinary eggs at the grocery store. EB eggs contain more than double the vitamin B12 compared to ordinary eggs, which helps transform food to energy to keep the entire family energized throughout the day. They also contain six times more vitamin D, 25 percent less saturated fat, more than double the omega-3s and 10 times more vitamin E, which is why they are the only eggs I use for my family.
For a make-ahead snack the whole family is sure to enjoy, try these Buffalo Deviled Egg Bites from the American Heart Association and Eggland's Best.
Eggland's Best is a proud national supporter of the American Heart Association's Healthy for Good movement and is encouraging consumers to try out these three recipes created by the American Heart Association and Eggland's Best: Buffalo Deviled Egg Bites, Cheddar & Bacon Deviled Eggs and a Spinach Bake.
Eggland's Best is also teaming up with Sur La Table to create a better-for-you cooking series to help educate families on the benefits of spending family time around the table enjoying nutritious meals. To sign up for a class, visit www.surlatable.com/Egglandsbest.
Haylie Duff Shares Her Best Tips For Quick And Healthy Family Meals