Getting a healthy dinner on the table each and every night can sometimes seem like Mission Impossible. Especially after a long day at work, when you come home to a pretty empty fridge and pantry. Thankfully there is a pretty easy solution to this dinner time dilemma Menu Planning.
The idea behind menu planning is that you know ahead of time What's for dinner and make sure you have everything you need in the house to prepare the meal. Menu planning makes cooking a healthy dinner any night of the week a breeze and doesn't take much longer than ordering takeout or waiting for the pizza delivery guy.
Let's take a look at how menu planning works. You sit down once a week and decide what 7 meals you will prepare for dinner the coming week. Choose some healthy recipes that incorporate fresh seasonal ingredients, including fresh veggies and some lean meats. Round it all off with some whole grain rice or pasta, some potato dishes and some fresh veggies or a salad.
Go through your recipes and compile a list of everything you need to cook each of these healthy meals. Cross out what you already have on hand and you end up with your basic grocery list for the week. After that it's just a matter of heading to the store to grab what you need.
Keep the recipes for the week's menu handy, both for yourself, but also so someone else in the family can step in and get dinner started if you are running late one night. This can be a huge time-saver if you are stuck in traffic or a late meeting at the office.
You'll be surprised how easy preparing dinner can be when you know ahead of time what you will be fixing and have the ingredients right in front of you. If you don't want to sit down each week to make your own menu pan, subscribe to a menu mailing service like the Healthy Menu Mailer instead. With a menu mailer you usually receive the recipes for the week as well as a grocery list emailed to you.