Making healthy, nutritious and quick meals every night after a hard day's work and thinking about tomorrow's lunches is a real headache! With some organization and a visit to the Carrefour de l'Estrie, everything can be much easier.
Take advantage of small appliances.
Small cooking appliances like the automatic rice cooker or the Instant Pot can make your life easier and save you precious time. However, the slow cooker is an ally for hot, ready-to-serve meals when you get home from work. Here's our tip for optimizing the use of the slow cooker: put all the ingredients you need inside the night before and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, take your preparation from the previous night and turn on the slow cooker. It will cook very slowly while you are busy elsewhere.
Take inventory of your pantry.
Use your pantry as inspiration for your weeknight menu. Make sure you have a few essentials to liven up your lunches in seconds or to make quick meals with few ingredients on hand.
- nuts for snacking
- oatmeal for microwaveable oatmeal
- canned fish and legumes for a quick salad
- Instant noodles or vermicelli and stock cans for soup.
Adopt the "meal prep" trend.
Plan your weekday menu on the weekend and get a head start by preparing ahead. Prepare hard-boiled eggs and store them in the refrigerator in their shells. They can be used later for salads, sandwiches, or even on the go. Cut up a ton of vegetables to serve as crudités or to garnish salads. Cook a large quantity of the grain of your choice (rice, quinoa, couscous) and a protein such as chicken breasts or any protein of your choice. When you're in a hurry, just assemble ingredients to your liking for your lunches. Plus, all this weekend preparation will save you a lot of time when it comes time to cook your evening recipes.
Bonus tip! Think of the Carrefour de l'Estrie to simplify your daily routine!