My former next-door neighbor, Mary Young, a relatively new vacant nester, mentioned exactly how cost-free she pities her nine children out of the house. This feeling is common. Happiness Smith, author of “The Vacant Nest Recipe book,” motivates individuals to make the most of it: “For the very first time in years, you can cook because you intend to, not since you must. You have fewer people and tastes buds to please, so cook in methods you’ve never ever dared.”
- Try new dishes. A bulk of vacant nesters state they take pleasure in exploring foods that their children would certainly not eat, according to the July 2005 Pillsbury Vacant Nester Survey.
- Believe smaller. With simply the two of you at home, there’s little need for family-size bundles.
- Purchase perishables with treatment. To lower perishing, acquire just a couple of pieces of fruit as well as small amounts of vegetables at a time. Choose dairy products and fresh meats with the latest expiry day.
- Make the most of nourishment. Select foods that deliver one of the most nourishment for the bite. As an example, broccoli (vitamins An and C), vegetables (fiber) as well as strengthened whole grain cereals like Whole Grain Total Amount ®. As you get older, you require fewer calories but the same, or in some cases higher, quantities of key nutrients.
- Stockpile on plastic containers. Prepare dishes that serve four or six and also divide up the additional into two-serving sections—label, day, and also cool or freeze.
- Swap homemade meals with a good friend. It’s a great means to add selection to your menu.
- Get a brand-new gadget. A vacuum cleaner sealant seals out air as well as preserves the moisture and flavor of the original dish. “I secure and freeze leftovers in one-meal sections for fresh-tasting suppers anytime,” recommends Smith. “Reheat in the microwave or boil guaranteed on the stovetop.”
This dish makes 4 servings, two in the meantime and also 2 for tomorrow.
Crunchy Garlic Chicken Breasts
- 11/3 cups Whole Grain Total® cereal
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 11/4 lb)
- Heat oven to 425°F. Spray 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray.
- Crush cereal. In shallow dish, stir together cereal, parsley and paprika. In another shallow dish, stir together milk, chives, salt and garlic powder. Dip chicken into milk mixture, then coat lightly and evenly with cereal mixture. Place in pan. Spray top of chicken with cooking spray.
- Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut.