17 habits of people who cook dinner every night _ stuff. co. nz

1. “I plan what I’m going to be cooking on Sunday, and head to the markets to buy the produce for the week – fail proof,” says Taline Gabrielian, founder of popular health food blog and Instagram, Hippie Lane.

2. Homemade pasta sauce to can “Before I do the grocery shopping each week, I plan what meals I can make and think through how I could re-use certain staples or vegetables in different meals so I’m not wasting food,” says Jo Rossaka of Healthy Eating Jo.

3. How do you make homemade sauce for pasta “If meal planning is something that doesn’t appeal or you don’t have much time, then pick one cookbook, or one recipe site, or one blog and find five dinners from that source only,” advises vegetarian blogger Stacey Roberts of Veggie Mama. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe with canned tomatoes “Write your shopping list and you’ve got a week’s worth of meals in minutes.”

4. Homemade sauce for pasta and chicken “Sunday afternoon is a great time to prepare for the week ahead,” says Carla McMillan, healthy chef, yoga instructor and co-founder of Bodypass.


Homemade pasta sauce and meatballs “I like to roast a whole bunch of veges to add to meals during the week – pumpkin, sweet potato, parsnips, cauliflower and broccoli. Homemade pasta sauce using canned tomatoes They’ll keep in the fridge for up to four days, so can easily be reheated to add as a side to a piece of fish, steak or chicken, that can be grilled in minutes when you get home from a long day.”

5. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe from garden tomatoes “I pre-cut my vegies on a Sunday and store them in containers for the week in the fridge,” says Melanie Lionello, the nutritionist behind Naturally Nutritious. Homemade pasta sauce from scratch recipe “I spiralise lots of zucchinis and sweet potatoes so I can add them to salads, use them as noodles in soup or as a pasta replacement. Sauce for pasta with shrimp Sundays are also a great time to make big batches of stews, sauces and braises and freeze portions so you can just whip them out and heat them when you’re time-poor during the week.”

6. Best sauce for homemade pasta “It’s super handy to make marinades, dips and sauces to store in the fridge for when you need them,” says Gabrielian. Homemade pasta sauce with meat “I often cook up a tomato pasta sauce and a pesto on a Sunday to use during the week.”

7. Homemade pasta sauce mario batali “Prepping a soup on the weekend can be so quick and easy to reheat on a week night,” says McMillan. Homemade red pasta sauce “Freeze it in portion sizes so you can pull out as many serves as you need to eat at a time.”

8. Homemade pasta meat sauce “I bake sweet potatoes and pumpkin, which can be cooked and stored in the fridge for three days,” says Ross. Sauce for homemade pasta “Whole baked sweet potatoes can be cut in half and filled with toppings or served as a side, mashed or as sweet potato fries. Homemade pasta sauce for canning Sliced baked pumpkin can be served in salads or thrown into curries or quinoa dishes to add flavour and depth.”

9. Homemade pasta sauce from tomatoes Both Ross and McMillan also recommend preparing grains ahead of time. Homemade pasta sauce recipe nz “I take the time on the weekend to cook up a big batch of quinoa or brown rice cooked with a little vegetable stock for flavour and then I portion it out into containers to suit my family and freeze it,” says Ross. Tomato pasta sauce using passata “That way I can take it out the night before or the day I need it and it’s ready to heat as a side for curries and stir-fries or to mix through salads and vegetable patties, without the long wait that cooking grains normally takes.”

10. Homemade pasta sauce healthy “Having good wholesome staples in my pantry that I can make a huge combination of meals out of is essential,” says Melanie. Homemade tomato spaghetti sauce fresh tomatoes “Mine are onions, garlic, olive oil, legumes and pulses, and frozen vegies.”

11. Best homemade pasta sauce fresh tomatoes “Keeping tinned tomatoes, coconut milk, chickpeas, butter beans and lentils in the pantry means you can always throw together a vegetarian dish that will be filling and nutritious, whether it be a tomato based pasta sauce to add to spiralised vegie pasta, a delicious Indian curry or even a bean and grain salad,” suggests McMillan.

“I also always have a variety of nuts and seeds in my pantry which can be added to any dish for some quick healthy fats and proteins, fresh herbs to add some fresh flavouring, and eggs in my fridge. Easy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe They’re so easy, delicious and nutritious and so versatile, too. Easy homemade white sauce for pasta A quick frittata or omelette with some pre-roasted vegies takes only minutes in the oven.”

12. How to make homemade sauce for pasta “Keep pasta and tomatoes or rice and frozen veg for those nights when you’re really pressed,” says Roberts. Pasta sauce homemade “You don’t have to have loads of items (unless you’re bordering on a doomsday prepper pantry, like me), but if you’ve got one or two full meals that are there ‘just in case’, you should always have something to get you through.”

13. Sauce for pasta with chicken “I’m inspired by looking at different cuisines and cultures and learning their techniques,” says Lionello. Recipe for homemade pasta sauce “For example, I looked at Turkish culinary culture for my honours thesis and now I incorporate lots of yoghurt in savoury dishes as well as herbs and spices such as mint and sumac.”

14. Homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch with fresh tomatoes “Get a vegie box delivered – sign up for an automatic delivery, if necessary,” advises Roberts. Homemade fresh tomato pasta sauce “You’ll get fresh, delicious produce every week, they will spark ideas for recipes (or you can search online for the vegies you’ve been delivered and be inspired by the recipes that pop up), and if all else fails, have a vegie stir-fry.”

15. Best homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch “Following wholesome food blogs and healthy food Instagrams inspires me to cook new and different things as well,” adds Lionello. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe to can “Plus reading food magazines or lift-outs in newspapers might remind me of a meal I love but haven’t made in a while.”

16. Sauce for pasta and sausage “I often start prepping the meal in the morning so that I’m ready for the hungry family in the PM,” says Gabrielian. Making homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch “That means rinsing, cutting, peeling and all the other basics to get the dinner happening.”

17. Homemade tomato basil pasta sauce “I make a mix of quick and easy and lengthy meals depending on my schedule,” Gabrielian adds. Homemade tomato pasta sauce “If I’m squeezed for time, I make quick dinner options on the days I’m time-poor, and more lengthy dinners when I have more time.”