FOOD PREP TIPS To Get Dinner On The Table FAST

One of the most common questions I get from clients is "How can I get a healthy dinner on the table when we have a million activities in the late afternoon and evening?" Sports, lessons, Dr appointments, work..... the list goes on an on.

Yet one thing remains constant - OUR FAMILY NEEDS TO EAT DINNER!

I have pulled together several quick and easy tips to help relieve dinner stress and actually let you sit down and enjoy your family at dinner time.

FOOD PREP is not just an under-rated healthy living tool, in my family it is a SURVIVAL TOOL!

KEEP IT SIMPLE - Although social media is a wonderful way to find quick and delicious recipes, it can also be OVERWHELMING if you start comparing yourself to what other people may be doing. Busy weeknights are not the time to start experimenting with new foods and recipes. My goal most nights is to get dinner on the table in 30 MINUTES or less.

COMPARTMENTALIZE YOUR FOOD PREP - I find that batch cooking is a game changer for me. Rather than prepare individual meals, I like to prepare the components of a bunch of meals.

ROASTED VEGETABLES: I alway roast up a big tray of some form of VEGGIES such as peppers, onions, carrots etc... I also roast both white and sweet potatoes to have on hand during the week. It literally takes 2 minutes to re-heat these in the microwave at dinner time.

PRE-PREPARE PROTEIN: Having a couple different types of PROTEIN prepared ahead of time can be helpful for those nights when we literally walk thru the door at 6:30. Ground chicken, turkey or lean ground beef can be prepared ahead of time and all you need to do is season according to the dish you are preparing. Once the ground meat has cooled, you can easily freeze in zip lock bags to be added to spaghetti sauce, stews, tacos or burritos. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs re-heat well without drying out and if I am pre-cooking chicken, I gravitate toward them. Believe it or not, a quick sprinkle of POWDERED RANCH DRESSING on chicken thighs before cooking, helps to seal in the juices!