Getting a real food, healthy dinner on the table every night is sometimes easier said than done. I’ve definitely had my share of days when all my pure intentions for a home cooked dinner resulted in a quick trip through the take out line at Chipotle.
The good news is that, with a wee bit of planning, your dreams of serving wholesome, home cooked dinners to your family could be a reality.
First, plan ahead.
But not crazy-ahead. You don’t have to know what you’re making for Friday’s dinner if it’s Monday. Looking too far out gets overwhelming. Simply know today what you’re making for dinner tomorrow.
A 24 hour advance is all that you need to 1) Find your recipe, 2) Gather ingredients and 3) Schedule prep time.
- Find your recipe: From RealHealthyRecipes.com, of course. Wink wink 🙂 Read through the entire recipe the day before you make it so that there aren’t any hidden ingredient or kitchen tool surprises, and so you’ll get an idea of what prep you could do in the morning or night before.
- Gather ingredients: Check the fridge and pantry then go pick up whatever you don’t have from the market. I love getting produce and organic meats the morning that I plan to cook it. This way I know it’s as fresh as possible.
- Schedule prep time: Make a mental note of what time you need to start your dinner prep, or jot it down in your calendar. (Am I the only one who still writes everything down with pen and paper, despite having an Iphone on me at all times? I can’t seem to ditch the habit. At least I recycle all those notebook papers!) On days that you get home later, plan a meal that cooks in the slow cooker, or do some of the chopping in the morning.
- Plan B: This step is super important, so don’t skip it! In the event of unforeseen circumstances that eat up your dinner prep time, you’ll need a few instantaneous backup options.
- Freeze a few portions of home made meals. In a pinch, reheat in the oven or microwave.
- Keep organic bison and turkey patties in the freezer. Heat in a skillet for an instant meal.
- Always have fresh eggs and the fixing for a salad on hand. Eggs cook quickly and a salad is an easy way to prepare veggies.
- Have a healthy take out option for THOSE DAYS. Mine is Chipotle — salad with veggies, chicken, salsa and guacamole. Hold the rice, beans, cheese and sour cream. Oh and no chips either! Don’t try to get sneaky…
Enjoy the 10 Real Food Dinner Recipes below and keep on eating wholesome, real food…
- Baked Chicken Chiles Rellenos
- Taco Pizza Supreme (Gluten Free)
- Real Healthy Tacos
- Easy Turkey Loaf
- Real Healthy Chicken Nuggets (Gluten Free)
- Slow Cooker Chicken Breast with Figs & Squash
- Real Healthy Pizza Casserole
- Lam and Apricot Slow Cooker Stew
- Easy Baked Meatballs
- (Bean-less) Chili Loaded Sweet Potato