Meal Planning Tips

Many people don't have a lot of time to cook. And here's one reason: a lot of people simply don't cook well (or at all). Not really surprising when you take into account that they have a lot of other things to do. Sometimes fast food is their only alternative in the midst of a busy day.

Quick, healthy, inexpensive meals aren't easy to plan, that's the problem. People who have trouble with this, however, must not be paying much attention because between cooking shows, the Internet, and a wide variety of easy prepare wholesome foods at grocery stores, it's not hard to come up with a seven day menu that satisfies everyone at the table. The entire family will like these many of these dinner ideas.

Corn dogs are an all American tradition, usually served at state fairs and by street vendors. While a little on the unhealthy side, it's quick and good to eat. Coat the hot dogs with batter made of flour, corn meal, milk, salt, sugar and baking powder, then fry them until golden. If you want the feel of the fair, insert a popsicle stick.

In the old days dinner and supper were two different things, one a main meal and the other a lighter snack. Social status and job type dictated changes in this over time. Physical laborers needed an afternoon dinner to keep up their strength throughout the grueling day. As times change and we move away from regular meals at home, dinner has become the anchor that keeps families together and signals the end of the out of the home portion of the day and the beginning of at home leisure time. The meaning of supper and dinner have merged. That doesn't mean the meal has to be large, especially for people watching their waist lines. Try a roast chicken salad.

Crock pots were made for busy schedules. Set it up in the morning then enjoy a great meal at night. Great food is possible in a crock pot, the entire meal too. Add some meat and some potatoes cut into quarters for a terrific pot roast. Stop on the way home for a hot loaf of bread. Or, skip the bread to avoid the extra calories.

The possibilities are endless with simple but delicious meals like veal cutlets, pork chops, even steaks on the grill. Use Google or Yahoo to find more great dinner ideas. The Internet is loaded with all sorts of recipes and cooking tips.

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