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Most of us lead very busy lives. We offer some tips that will make you look like a superstar chef even when you are pressed for time.

When you do have the time, food preparation can be a fun and rewarding way to spend time with friends and family. We suggest some ways to get everyone involved in the process.

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  • Use a microwave. It’s a quick, healthy and convenient way to cook your veggies. Place washed and prepared veggies in a microwave steaming bag and they are ready to serve in just minutes.

  • Instead of cooking your veggies for dinner, cut them up and put them on a plate with a bowl of ranch dressing. Your family will enjoy dipping their produce, and you’ll enjoy saving the cooking time.

  • When you do prepare a salad, salsa, or guacamole, make an extra batch. It doesn’t take that much more time, and you can eat it throughout the week.

  • Purchase pre-cut fruits and veggies. It may cost a little more, but you will save preparation time.

  • Toss some snack tomatoes into your salad. No slicing or dicing is required.

  • When you’re barbequing, throw some veggies on the grill! You’ll be amazed at the flavor. You can grill nearly every vegetable including eggplant, bell peppers, corn, green onions, and even tomatoes.

  • Make an all-fruit kabob. Use pineapple, strawberries, bananas, orange wedges, or whatever else you have in the kitchen. It’s a fast, fun and convenient way to get your kids to eat more fruit!

  • Many of the retailers and restaurants we partner with offer fantastic ready-to-eat and takeout meals using the finest ingredients. Try them – this can be a real time saver!

We encourage you to get your kids involved in meal planning and preparation. Not only does it create some real quality time, but it also helps get your kids interested in the foods they are eating. Give these suggestions a try!

  • One night a week, let your child be in charge of the meal, from making the menu to taking the lead on preparation. When kids get to choose the vegetables on their plate, they tend to eat them!

  • Enlist your kids to help at dinner time. Have them prepare a veggie tray as an appetizer or help prepare and cook the vegetables for your dinner. You’ll love the extra help and your kids will have a sense of ownership of the meal!

  • Get your older children to help encourage their younger siblings to help out in the kitchen. Older siblings can be great role models.

  • Let your kids do the measuring. Kids really love scooping and adding ingredients. It's also a great way to practice some basic math concepts.

  • Let your kids use cookie cutters on sliced fruits or veggies to create fun shapes. Your kids will love eating the left over pieces as well.

  • Give your spouse or significant other some cooking lessons. It can be fun and he/she may surprise you.

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