While the idea of a new kitchen sounds like an absolutely exciting and whimsical experience, the process can be gruesome. While the professionals are working on the remodeling process, you still have to live and eat in the space. This can get pretty sticky. However, even when your cooking space is temporarily off-limits, you can still cook healthy foods. Consider the following tips.
Create a Mini-Kitchenette in Another Room
If you have a large living room, designate half of the space for cooking. Set up a small fridge and a small freezer. Get two really long tables. One table can be used as the home to the hot plates, a toaster oven and a crockpot. You can use the other table as your prepping station for the food. Once you have all of your essential items and cookware in one space, it’ll be easier to cook meals.
Incorporate Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
When you purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, you don’t have to stand over the stove for a long time in order to get a good dinner. You can make a really large salad that’s filled with spinach, tomatoes, avocadoes and other fresh ingredients. With a few tablespoons of salad dressing and a slice of bread, a fresh salad can be a really easy and nutritious meal to enjoy a few times each week. In the morning, throw a few of the fruits and vegetables into a blender for a breakfast smoothie. Smoothies are great meal-replacement options that are incredibly healthy.
Always Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand
Don’t wait until you’re starving to start making food. Always keep a few snacks on hand. Choose healthy snacks that are filled with fiber. Popcorn, apples with peanut butter, or trail mix are options that you can keep within an arm’s reach.
Use Frozen Food to Your Advantage
When you’re in the midst of kitchen remodeling, it’s wise to find ways to cook delicious meals in advance. On a Sunday, make a few delicious casseroles and a few lasagna dishes. Freeze the lasagna to enjoy it later on in the week. On Thursday morning, take the lasagna out of the freezer, and place it in the refrigerator to defrost. By the end of the day, throw the lasagna into the toaster oven to let it heat up. Add a fresh side salad to the delicious lasagna, and your family will be fed. It’s all about planning ahead.
There are days when everything will feel really hectic. However, stick with your plan. It’s okay to enjoy a takeout meal once a week, but don’t make it a habit. After all, you want to know what’s going into your food at all times. Once you use these tips and develop a routine, you’ll get used to it. In no time at all you’ll look up and realize that your new kitchen is ready for use.