Healthy Recipes that Benefit Homeschooling and The Family Budget
Looking for healthy, money-saving meals and recipes that you can easily prepare while homeschooling and the family will love?
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everyday we, as parents, face the dilemma of what to feed our hungry growing kids.
As busy parents, keeping up with menu-planning and having healthy snacks on hand isn't always easy.
Homeschooling your children takes up most of your time during the day and mealtime can sneak up on you if you aren't careful.
When schooling your children at home, incorporating your kids into everyday activities like menu-planning, meal preparation, grocery shopping and cooking, is part of the schooling process.
Gather the kids together and spend some time each week (or month) planning your family's meals around your family's budget. Tell them your food budget for the week and choose easy-to-make and healthy recipes that your family likes.
Write down all the ingredients you will need to make your meals.
Make a grocery list and then remember to bring it (and any coupons you have) with you when you go on your shopping trip. I can't tell you how many times I have ended up at the grocery store without our shopping list. I always forget something and usually buy items I don't need = wasted time and money.
Money-Saving Shopping Tips
Save money by looking through your local store's circular and choose recipes that are made with items that are on sale for that week.
Also, traveling all over town to buy one or two sale items at different stores uses up precious time and gas.
Instead, group your trips together to make better use of your time and money. Paying a little more at one store for some non-sale grocery items may actually be less expensive when you factor in the cost of driving across town to another store.
Make Meals from Scratch
Making meals from scratch is not only more economical, but homemade meals are more nutritious for your family than prepared or packaged food.
Make sure your pantry is well stocked with items that you use on a regular basis. Nothing is worse than starting a meal and discovering you are missing one much needed ingredient! Unplanned trips to the store also disrupts homeschooling and the family schedule.
Cook for a Crowd
To reduce the time I spent in the kitchen cooking each day, a few years ago, I began cooking in large quantities, to eliminate the headache of having to cook every meal, every day of the week.
You can either freeze the extra portions for the following week, or we like to eat the "leftovers" during the week for lunch. I love having a meals in my fridge, already prepared for when we are finished with homeschooling and the family is hungry and ready to eat! We usually heat up the meal while homeschooling and when its time for lunch, our meal is hot and ready.
School in the Kitchen
From preschoolers to teens, cooking meals together builds family relationships and helps your kids to learn by doing. While you cook with a younger child, delegate age-appropriate tasks to your older children and work together to make your meals.
Beware: Your kitchen will get messy; your food may not look as "pretty" as you'd like, and you will clean up lots of spills, but try to look past that. Instead know that you are developing helpfulness, creativity and independence in your children. Cooking in the kitchen together for school benefits homeschooling and the family. :)
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