Be Prepared to Dish Up a Winning Meal

Be Prepared to Dish Up a Winning Meal

When it comes to creating a team that delivers a full menu of talents, the Cleveland Cavs acquisition of 6’ 7” Kyle Korver didn’t quite fill the bill. “We still got a couple more things we need to do. We got to get a point guard,” said LeBron James. Seems when you try to prepackage a championship you have to make sure all the power positions (backing up LeBron, Kyrie and the two Kevins) are filled with top-grade talent.

In the same way, you want to make sure you’re dishing up meals that deliver the full menu of nutrients it takes to have a winning breakfast/lunch/dinner. Unfortunately, in 2014, Americans spent nearly $14 billion on frozen prepared foods, many of which would be better off benched.

A study explains why many folks rely on high-fat, high-sodium, calorie-packed, sugar-laced prepackaged frozen meals: 57 percent say quick prep—meals both parents and children can zap—is the attraction. Also, parents are often more confident in prepared food than in their own cooking and they think they’re cutting costs (not usually true).

To deliver championship meals, try these tricks:

Learn a few great recipes. Go to doctoroz.com for quick’n’easy recipes and 30-minute meals. Cook-once, serve-twice meals, like soups, stews and casseroles, reduce cooking time and costs.

Don’t ditch quick-to-fix frozen veggies. They’re nutrition-filled (no buttery, sauced-up versions!).

Supplement prepared meals with fresh produce. If you do dish up a prepared meal, make a fresh salad and add some walnuts or steamed veggies to go with it. 

Medically reviewed in September 2018.

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