19 Dec Meal Planning Tips for Pros
Coordinating weekly meals can be a tough job for anyone, especially those who have children. With different taste preferences, finding a meal that everyone enjoys and has some variation isn’t as easy as it sounds. According to a study done by Wolf Appliances, 28% of adults spend more than one hour thinking about what to make for dinner, and then end up eating out. If you’re looking to streamline the process of finding what to make for meals, take a look at these meal planning tips from 5-hour ENERGY®.
Freeze Meals Ahead of Time
Arguably one of the easiest ways to alleviate the headache of meal planning, especially during the work week when time is limited, is freezing meals. When planning out your dinners, make sure to cook double of what you were originally going to make, in order to have ready-to-eat meals at your fingertips. Make sure that you are following freezer rules of thumb correctly and you are rotating through your oldest stock first. There are many foods that freeze well, including:
- Egg Dishes
- Sandwich Meats (i.e. shredded chicken, sloppy joe filling, hot beef)
Plan to Use Leftovers
When working on your food plan for the week, make sure to factor in one or two days of leftovers based on the meals you are choosing to make. If a specific recipe can be repurposed, this will add variation into your diet and spice up your normal leftover routine. Setting up a “bar” such as a salad, omelet, or make your own pizza bar can help incorporate leftover foods with fresher options.
Prep Pantry Staples to Have On-Hand
Pastas, poultry, and grains are all easy foods to prep ahead of time to help streamline your weekday cooking. These typically have a shelf life of a work week, and cooking them ahead of time saves you valuable moments in the kitchen. Choose items that are versatile and can be added seamlessly into dishes of any flavor. Prepping pastas, poultry, and grains also helps make planning work lunches easier.
Use Theme Nights
Taco Tuesday or Pizza Thursday is a great way to eliminate the hassle of choosing a meal for one day of the week. Finding a food that your household loves and eating some variation of it once a week makes for a fun take on weekday meals. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your kitchen to enjoy those tasty tacos. Choosing to go to your favorite restaurant makes for a great excuse to get out of the house and spend time with your friends and family!
Have Essential Kitchen Utensils & Tools
Don’t let a pot or a pan missing from your kitchen keep you from enjoying the meals you want. Make sure you have all the essential kitchen utensils and tools in your cabinets. Some basics you want to have on-hand are:
- Baking Sheet
- Glass Bakeware
- Non-Stick Skillet
- Sauce Pan
- Cutting Board
- Mixing Bowl
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