For many of my clients getting dinner on the table after a long day at work or wrangling kids seems like an impossible task. However, I have found with a little forethought and work on the weekends, a healthy, tasty dinner Monday through Friday is possible.
- Plan Ahead: On the weekends, think about what is happening in the week ahead. Consider what you would like to make and/or have time for on each particular day. Make a list and hit the grocery store. Buy everything you need for the week.
- Chop veggies: Chop veggies for each meal and store them in the fridge until need. (Sometimes, I even buy the precut veggies. I know they are more expensive but on really busy weeks the time savings are worth it.)
- Use your crock pot or instant pot: If you know you are going to have a particularly long day, fill your crock pot with a healthy meal in the morning and then be prepared to walk in the front door to a tummy filling dinner. (If your mornings are too hectic, put all the ingredients in the crock pot liner the night before, store it in the fridge and then pop it into the crock pot in the morning.) If you have a little more time in the evening, use an instant pot. You can have an amazing meal in minutes.
- Fill your freezer with frozen veggies: Frozen vegetables often get a bad rap but they are actually picked at the peak of ripeness, preserving all their vitamins and minerals. Use these veggies to round out a healthy meal.
- Cook once, eat twice: Make a big pot of something yummy at the beginning of the week and then have it again a few days later. You can change the sauce or serve it with new sides to give it a new look.
If you are focused on eating healthier and/or eating out less, try adding some of these tips to your upcoming week. I think you will find that a little planning goes a long way to making healthy dinners easier.