How often do you find yourself heading home from the office with no idea what to have for dinner? And when this happens do you find that your first reaction is to stop for take-out? If so here are a few tips that will make it easier for you to put a healthy home cooked meal on your table instead of fast food.
1. Set aside 15-30 minutes each week to put a meal plan together for the following week. When planning be sure to take into consideration what you have going on that week so you can assign easier meals on busier days.
2. Preparing meals in advance, as much as possible, is very helpful. Most veggies can be washed and cut in advance ensuring healthy ingredients are always at your disposal. For those nights when every minute counts you can purchase things like mushrooms, broccoli and lettuce already washed and cut.
3. Make food that can be portioned out and used as the base for another meal that week. I like to cook a whole chicken early in the week and use the leftovers for sandwiches or to top salads for lunches. One night's extra potatoes can be the next morning's breakfast mixed with scrambled eggs and peppers.
4. Keep your pantry/fridge always stocked with healthy ingredients so you will always have the essentials available when life throws you a curve ball. All it takes is a little forward thinking.
5. Make things like casseroles, stews or sauces on the weekend, when you potentially have more time, and freeze them in single servings. These are great to throw in the oven when you get home and will be ready by the time you finish up your evening chores.
I would love to hear what works for you; please share any tips you have in the comment section below.