Jane is a wife and a mom… she just got home from a long day at work and hears… WHAT’S FOR DINNER! She goes to the kitchen and remembers; the chicken is still in the freezer. There’s no way she can cook it now and there’s nothing else in the fridge to make a healthy dinner miraculously come together. So, going with the only option she has… she orders takeout. The kids are happy, they love pizza, but she feels guilty because she didn’t give her family a healthy dinner… just a quick, makeshift dinner. And, of course, takeout usually costs more than we should be spending and these costs add up quickly.
How often does this happen to you? We’ve all been there. We’ve all done it! However, there is a simple fix to making meal time simple and healthy. With just a few hours one day a week, you can plan and prep healthy meals to feed your family all week long. It will not only be healthier for your family, but it will also be healthier for your checkbook. Because, let’s face it, eating out is EXPENSIVE and usually unhealthy.
Today, I will share with you some simple tips and tricks to meal prep for your family. No special dishes required.
Step 1: Plan your menu for the week
I recommend you KISS… as in Keep It Simple Silly! No need to create elaborate recipes that take hours to shop for, prep for, and then cook. Simple ingredients are all you need to give your family a healthy, quick, and delicious meal.
Take 30 minutes or less and plan out the foods you’d like to have this week and the days you plan to have them. And be sure you focus on getting the 3 Key Nutrients Every BODY Needs.
Step 2: Make your shopping list and go shopping
Once you have your plan for the week, you can make a shopping list of all the foods and ingredients you need to make your plan a reality. This is where the money savings is really going to kick in. By having a plan for the week, and only the items needed to fulfill that plan, you won’t buy foods you are never going to eat and you won’t waste your hard-earned money on food you throw away.
Step 3: Pick a day and prep your foods
My recommendation is you prep your protein (chicken, pork, fish, etc…) and carbs (sweet potatoes, rice, quinoa, etc…) ahead of time. This will save you so much time when it comes to getting dinner on the table. You will grab your choice of protein, your choice of carb, quickly steam some veggies in the microwave or prep a salad, and voila! Dinner is served. Plus, by having an assortment of proteins and carbs prepped ahead of time, your family gets to decide what they want for dinner that day. One may want chicken, one may want pork, one may opt for the fish… and that’s ok! All you need to focus on is that you are feeding your family healthy foods that will nourish and strengthen their bodies. To be sure you are eating the right amount of food, start Logging Your Food.
Now, you may be asking… that sounds great Michelle, but HOW do I actually prep those foods?
I got you!!! I put together some simple recipes to help you prep those foods in as LITTLE TIME AND EFFORT as possible! Take a look at Meal Prep Made Easy to learn how I prep for my week in 2 hours or less!
Just remember, nutrition is just 1 of the 3 basic pillars of health. And as always, if you need a little extra help, schedule your free call with me. I would love to help you in your journey to getting healthy and strong!