You can make healthy, tasty dinners in fifteen or twenty minutes using shortcut ingredients available at most grocery stores. Clean up in about five more minutes. Go as organic as your budget and store allow. Go gluten-free too if you'd like. These shortcut dinners are healthier, cheaper, and at least as tasty as most restaurant dinners. If you have ten more minutes to spend cooking, make homemade pasta sauce for better flavor and nutrition. Read on for two dinners and the shortcut ingredients that make them possible.
A "home-cooked meal" doesn't have to be made from scratch
In my post last Friday, I disputed a claim by NCSU researchers that cooking dinner is "nearly impossible" for mothers these days. Rather than resorting to food trucks and reheated dinners from their children's school cafeterias as the researchers suggest, modern moms and dads can find plenty of help at the grocery store. They can help you stay independent when your priorities, budget, or body prevent you from cooking from scratch.
Use the scratch-made dinner as an ideal to guide your choice of ingredients. Avoid processed foods and ingredients that aren't recognizably food. Minimize added sugar and salt. Choose ingredients that are organic, local, and in season when possible.