It is Tuesday night; you had to work late and you just picked up the kids. Everyone wants to eat in 5 minutes and you haven’t prepared anything for dinner. Sound familiar? Planning your meals in advance can save time, money, energy and stress. It also gives you more control over the nutritional content of your meals. Here are a few tips to get you started.
1) Look at a calendar and see what your week looks like. For example, if there are nights you will be home later than usual, plan something that can be cooked in advanced and simply reheated.
2) Take a look in your pantry and refrigerator and plan meals around what you already have on hand.
3) Write out your weekly meal plan and post it where you can easily see it.
4) Use your time wisely. You might be able to prepare a few things the night before or in the morning before you leave for work. Prepare a few dishes on the weekend and have them ready for busier nights later in the week.