As the academic school year starts up again, new routines can be tricky. Mrs.Safa shares her advice to get more organized and start the year a little less stressed.

1) Start with a Clean Slate: 

To initiate kitchen cleaning as a family, assign everyone one age-appropriate task over the course of a few days. You may use colored paper or white board for the organizing and assignment. Start with shelves and drawers, removing old or expired items and decluttering the space for new inventory.

2) Be Prepared: 

 Make sure you’ve got a pantry packed with your must-haves and a fridge full of favorites so you don’t have to head to the store every time you want to whip up a quick meal.

3) Get Inspired: 

Preparing meals at home allows the exploration of a wide variety of recipes, flavors and unique foods. Meal plan and name the days of the week to help inspire a delicious, diverse menu. For example: Mediterranean Mondays

4) Create A System: 

Make the pantry and fridge easier to navigate by grouping like items. Dedicate shelves/sections of a certain food type (i.e. putting all canned vegetables together). Or separate by events, such as school lunch, after school snacks or weekend treats.

5) Get the Kids Involved: 

Cooking is a great way to boost self-esteem and promote healthy eating habits. Encourage children to participate in school lunch meal prep and cleanup. Have them contribute ideas for the grocery list and create meals that are simple and delicious.

You may check our recipes which you can make with your kids.