5 Ways to Make Family Mealtimes Easier

  • Mar 20, 2024
  • By Harry Weston
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Family mealtime habits are in decline. In the UK it is estimated that only around 33% of families eat together every day. This can have a serious effect on a child’s health and overall well-being.

Infrequent family meals have been linked to higher rates of childhood obesity, poor dietary habits and even an increased risk of mental health issues among young children.

At Harry’s Country Kitchen, our goal is to make mealtimes easier. Here are five simple ways to help make family mealtimes a doddle and ensure you and your loved ones can always find the time to eat together.

1. Plan ahead

Planning meals in advance and prepping ingredients ahead of time can significantly reduce the time spent in the kitchen each day. This can be very helpful during busy weekdays when you have less time to spend cooking.

Knowing what you’re going to cook each day can greatly reduce the stress of last-minute meal decisions and scrambling for ingredients. It can also promote a more relaxed atmosphere in the kitchen and in the household overall.

Planning meals in advance also allows for more thoughtful consideration of nutritional balance and portion size.

2. Establish a routine

A regular mealtime routine can provide structure to the day. Knowing when you are going to eat can help you and your family to plan activities accordingly.

Consistent mealtimes can also regulate appetite and promote healthier eating habits, as well as creating opportunities for meaningful interactions and conversations with one another.

By establishing a routine, your family can always look forward to coming together at the end of a busy day.

3. Get everybody involved

Involving the whole family in meal preparation can create a sense of teamwork and shared responsibility. It emphasises that mealtime is collaborative and reinforces the idea that everyone's contributions in the kitchen are important.

Children can learn valuable life skills by participating in meal preparation, including cooking techniques and time management. These skills are essential to their own independence and well-being and will only become more important in the future.

When children are involved in meal preparation, they are more likely to try new foods and develop a positive attitude towards a variety of new ingredients. This can lead to a more diverse and nutritious diet for the whole family.

4. One-pot meals

Cooking one-pot meals can simplify the cooking process by reducing the number of dishes and utensils needed, which also saves time on both preparation and cleaning up. This can be helpful if you have limited time for household chores.

Many recipes only require simple chopping and throwing ingredients into a single pot, making them ideal for busy weeknights or days when you're short on time.

One-pot meals are also highly versatile and can accommodate a wide range of ingredients. You can customise recipes yourself based on dietary preferences or even just on the ingredients you happen to have on hand.

Cooking ingredients together in one pot can also help to retain their nutrients better compared to cooking across multiple pots and pans, meaning your meals are not only more convenient but also more nutritious.

5. Try frozen ready meals

Pre-made frozen ready meals offer unparalleled convenience, as it requires minimal effort to prepare. Frozen food can save time on meal planning, shopping and cooking. It is a convenient option for busy families who don't have the time to cook from scratch every day.

Frozen food comes in portioned servings, reducing the likelihood of food waste compared to cooking large batches of fresh ingredients that may often end up in the bin.

Frozen foods have a long shelf life, meaning you can stock up on and have meals on hand for busy days, emergencies or when you simply don't feel like spending so much time in the kitchen.

Make mealtimes easier with Harry’s Country Kitchen

If you’re interested in trying frozen food to make your family mealtimes even easier, you’ve come to the right place. With delicious, high-quality, portion-controlled meals, Harry’s Country Kitchen can give you everything you need for the perfect family meal.

Whether you prefer an Italian favourite or want to try something new from our Chinese or Indian ranges, Harry’s makes mealtimes easy.

Opting for frozen meals can save you valuable time and allow for a nutritious dining experience for the whole family. Order today and make Harry’s Country Kitchen a staple of your family mealtime.

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