I know, I know, we’re all in a rush and there’s just no time to eat properly let alone actually cook a great meal. Right?
Cooking a meal is not only good for your body but also for your soul. Taking the time each day to chop, sauté, and eat a delicious meal is an honor to you and your family. And, it can be far easier than you think.
A typical dinner meal around my house includes an animal protein, at least 2 veggies (one starchy), and a salad.
If I have the energy I do most of the prep in one day. I wash and prep all veggies for the week and store them in the ‘fridge. Roast 2-3 spaghetti, acorn, or butternut squashes (these are those "starchy" veggies I mentioned - also known as starchy complex carbs). Make cauliflower puree. Roast 1-2 whole chickens or 10-12 chicken pieces. Brown ground chicken or turkey. Make bison meatballs or burgers. For dinner on a prep night, I'll usually broil some salmon making enough for leftover 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 ready to use; that week’s veggies are washed, trimmed, and cut; and, I cook a couple of squashes.
Then as I cook each night’s meal, I usually bake or broil the protein, steam sauté a bunch of veggies that I finish with a sprinkle of extra virgin olive oil and salt, and warm up some of the squash.
Again, I make sure to make that extra serving or two so we have extra on hand for lunch or another dinner for the next day.
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 you and your tummy a little happier.