We’ve all been there. It’s five oclock on a weeknight, just walking in the door from work, tired with a list a mile long to still accomplish, and you’re left staring at the random contents of your fridge wondering- WHAT AM I GOING TO EAT FOR DINNER?
Inevitably on nights like this- the answer is never really one you want to stomach (pun intended). But then again neither is the thought of slaving over a hot stove after a full day.
And while I’m not one to be advocating for traditional “convenience foods”, I am always in favor of making food more convenient for you!
So here is my top 4 tips and tricks to get you in and out of the kitchen faster on busy evenings. Spoiler alert: It’s all in being prepared!
1. first of all: make a menu for the week! Having a menu means you know what you will be preparing for the week and the ingredients you need to prepare it. Try planning a menu that uses a number of the same base ingredients, like a couple of recipes all using carrots, or onions for instance, so you can do one shopping trip without having to search the store for millions of ingredients you will use less than a teaspoon of.
2. Don’t just put your veggies and fruits in the fridge. Prep them when you bring them home. Keeping sliced vegetables in your drawers makes it a no brainer to prepare your favorite salads, stir fry or soup.
3. Reduce, reuse, recycle: Which really means, when you’re pressed for time, batch cooking is the way to go. Making roast chicken? Double the portion and use leftovers for tomorrow night’s stir fry! And while you’re at it, take off some of those stir fried vegetables before adding the chicken to add some flavor and fiber to tomorrow night’s quiche.
4. Freeze what you can. Not everything lasts well in the freezer, but for the things that do, it can be a godsend. Double the recipe of your favorite soup and freeze half for another week. While you might be sick of looking at the same soup for the fifth night in a row, a couple of weeks from now- voila, new soup!
Healthy eating isn’t complicated when you are ARMed and prepared!
What’s your favorite make in advance recipe for the week??