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Seven New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

Seven New Year’s Resolutions

New Year Resolution list

Things to do in 2014.
photo by iclipart

These seven meal-related topics could very well make a difference in how you view and use food in your daily routine. As you put your “resolutions list” together, think about how some of these ideas fit your goals. Share each topic with your family during a sit-down meal and explore how one or more idea could make a difference in your family. One thing I learned from my students in the classroom is that group decisions are powerful. You not only have someone to remind you about keeping your resolution,  you have a support network to share a common goal. 

Resolution #1 Eat foods with healing properties:

Resolution #2 Cook once for several meals 

Resolution #3 Keep Food Safe to Eat

Resolution #4  Cook With a Friend

Resolution # 5: Sit Down to Eat, Relax, Enjoy

Resolution # 6: Think Smaller Portions

Resolution #7: Dine Out Less and Better

New Year’s Resolution: Cook Once for Two Meals

Roast beef and gravy over spiral pasta is easy to prepare. Cook extra for an easier second meal.

Roast beef and gravy over spiral pasta is easy to prepare. Cook extra for an easier second meal.

If you are serious about tightening your food budget and saving time in the kitchen, using planned-over food will help do both. 

Cooking once for several meals takes a little extra time and ingredients on the first day but the second meal is a breeze. With a little imagination and help from the family, the meal possibilities are endless. Here is an example:

  • Using a roaster or slow cooker, cook a 3 lb roast with lots of root vegetables and onions. Using a large pot, cook a double batch of pasta. Set aside 1/2 of the roast, drippings, pasta and veggies for meal #2.
  • For meal #1, make gravy, with some of the meat drippings, dice a pound of the meat and combine it with the gravy. Spoon the gravy over the pasta and serve with veggies on the side. Green salad and planned-over soup complete the meal.
  • pasta salad

    Planned-over pasta makes a great salad!

    Use the remaining pasta to create a pasta celery salad. Dice the cooked meat and veggies. Store these planned-overs in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Oh, label these packages to keep hands out of your prepared meal.

  • Planned-over roast beef and veggies make a quick stew..

    Planned-over roast beef and veggies make a quick stew.

    Make stew for meal #2. Simply combine the drippings, diced meat and chopped veggies in a pot. Add some vegetable broth, celery and chopped onions, heat and serve.  With the pre-made pasta salad, harvest bread, and an easy dessert, your meal is ready in no time.

  • When making your New Year’s Resolutions, keep them realistic and appropriate. Many people already cook once for several meals but it’s probably not planned. The appropriate resolution could be “to make better meal plans in 2014.”