The stress of making dinner is not an easy feat to conquer. I can understand the difficult decisions of who may like one thing, who may not like something else. Of course we want to make it healthy because we want to make sure to treat our bodies with the same respect that we expect out of it. Yes respect! We expect our bodies to help us get through the day. We expect to walk to work, walk up the stairs, use our hands on the computer, walk our kids to school (that’s a lot of walking J ). We also expect to be healthy to take care of ourselves, our loved ones; something our body does for us. So we must treat our inner selves with the respect it deserves for doing all this “stuff” for us.
Now back to dinner. The trick I find with dinner is to plan a menu (if you like) on Sunday morning. I take 10 minutes and write down exactly what I am going to serve on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, you get it, right? And then I give it an extra punch by making it my way, less salt, less animal fat, sneak in some broccoli (since the oldest complains about the green veggies). I find this is the easiest way to shop and save some money as well, as I know exactly what I need before I go to the grocery store and can prepare as much as possible.
After I decide what I am making as my main meals; all my meals have an element of vegetables, protein and starch; (All these elements are important in brain development and memory retention in both adults and children) I prepare all my “difficult/ time consuming" vegetables for the week.
For example, I love eating beans in sauce but it takes about a couple of hours to snap the beans, wash and cook them. So I will cook them on a Sunday afternoon, along with spaghetti squash and maybe roast a mixed veggie medley of zucchini, eggplant and onions and I will have them at the ready for the week, this way when it comes at 5:00 on a weekday and the burners are full, the veggies just need heating up.
My menu this week is:
Pasta & Faggioli (beans) in tomato sauce (use whole wheat pasta for extra fiber)
Mixed Veggies (pre made medley)
Green salad – don’t like green salad – try a tomato / cucumber with a hint of basil
Fish (this week it’s trout caught by my son)
Rice w/saffron and frozen mixed veggies (use brown for extra filling fiber)
Green salad – we love our green salad
Chicken thighs – roasted on a pan (who says dark chicken is bad for you) moderation people,
Roasted red potatoes
Pasta w/ olive oil, teaspoon of bacon bits & TBSP low fat mozzarella
Chicken breast – breaded with breadcrumbs and taco seasoning (gives it a little kick)
Roasted Sweet potatoes
Tomato, cucumber and avocado salad ( avocados are great fats for you)
Turkey meat loaf
Mixed beans salad with avocados, onions and tomatoes
Homemade brown dough pizza with tons of veggies and low fat mozzarella
Green salad of course :)
You will find making your own meals more cost effective and better for your waist line :)
The rule I always make for my meals (since I have 3 kids and can find something better to do with my time) is to make it simple for me! All of my meals take no more than 20 minutes to prepare and i let the oven/stove do their job :)
No More X-cuses - do it for you and your loved ones today :)