“What’s for dinner?” It’s the dreaded question you get asked everyday.
Your kids are hungry, you are tired, and you have no clue what you are going to put on the table. Sound familiar? If so, you should consider meal planning.
Here are some game changing tips from food blogger and WestportMoms contributor, Amanda Jakubowicz.
Meal planning tips:
- Buy this meal planner and grocery list organizer!
- Every Sunday, sit down at the computer for about 20 minutes and plan what you are going to make each day for dinner
- Print each recipe and write down all the ingredients you need to buy
- On Monday, go to the supermarket with your list and buy everything you need.
- Each night read the recipe you are going to make the next day and chop any vegetables and measure any spices you will need for the dish. You can keep the prepared vegetables in glass containers like these in your fridge
- Sometimes you can prepare the entire dish the night before or the morning of and then pop it in the oven before dinner. For example, if I’m doing a breaded cutlet I will bread the chicken earlier in the day and keep it in the fridge until it’s time to bake it.
- You could do theme nights each week so you take the guesswork out of what to make. For example, every Monday make a meatless dish, every Tuesday make tacos, every Wednesday fish, every Thursday stir fry and every Friday a roast chicken.
- Keep a well-stocked pantry. It will make preparing meals so much easier.
A recent healthy and EASY favorite if you need to kick-start next week’s list:
- 1/3 cup oat flour
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 TBS olive oil
In a bowl, mix together the oats, turkey, egg, garlic powder, onion powder and salt until thoroughly combined. Form into patties. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the patties for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
For more great tips and recipes from Amanda, follow her on Instagram at JJ_eats_