I know, I know, we’re all in a rush and there’s just no time to eat properly let alone actually cook a proper meal. Right?
Wrong. Cooking a proper meal can be as easy and fast as stopping at a drive thru and heading home with a bagful of greasy, lukewarm burgers and fries. The key? Prep ahead and cook 2-3 days worth at a time.
A typical dinner meal around here has a meat protein, 2 veggies, and a salad. If I have the energy I do all the prep in one day – wash and cut all veggies for the week and store in ‘fridge. Roast 2-3 spaghetti, acorn, or butternut squashes. Make cauliflower puree. Roast a whole chicken or 8-10 chicken pieces. Brown ground turkey. Make meatballs or burgers. And finally broil some salmon for dinner and make twice as much so we have leftovers for lunch the next day.
If time or energy don’t allow for prepping everything ahead in one day, then I make sure at the very least that lettuce and other salad greens are washed and stored ready to use; and, that weeks veggies are washed, trimmed and cut, ready to use. Then as I cook each night’s protein I make sure to make that extra serving or two so we have extra on hand for lunch or another dinner or two.
Thinking and prepping ahead saves time and energy when you arrive home hungry and frazzled and it means there’s less chance you’ll eat an empty meal out because you know you can put together a healthy, home cooked meal in 15-30 minutes.
It might take a week or two to find your groove, but try it and let me know if this doesn’t help to save you time and money and make your tummy and waist line a little happier.