Howdy readers and Happy Tuesday! It’s a new week and one step closer to the end of summer for me. Boo!!! I am SO not in the mood to go back to work but then again what teacher is ready to go back to work after a summer of laziness and lounging?! Absolutely zero. I am looking forward to being back into our regular routine…Lady S had an amazing first day of preschool so that puts my mind at ease for the upcoming school year.
With that routine comes menu planning for our family. This is one of the main things that kept our family on track diet wise during the first year. I know that the last thing I want to do after working all day is come home and cook a meal, but it was so necessary. For many years our dinner was whatever it was we decided to stop at or wherever we decided we wanted to eat for that day. Besides the fact that it was totally unhealthy, it put a major whole in our wallets. The difference between a year ago and now is that we barely eat out during the week. Cooking at home has done so many things for our family. We actually sit down together and talk about our day. We have fun coming up with ways to tweak recipes that we find. Lady S does her best to try and
spill stir ingredients together. It’s often said the kitchen is the heart of the home and for us it is!
So how do you cook healthy, quick, and tasty foods after working all day? Well you get in the kitchen and just do it! It really is as simple as that! A major part of cooking meals at home is to menu plan. On Saturdays I typically make a menu for Sunday to the next Saturday and make a list of ingredients that we need that we don’t have at that time. Saturdays are also a good time to visit your local Farmers Market in order to score good, organic produce for the next week as well. For those of you who may be challenged in the kitchen, Pinterest is your best friend! I’ve found so many good and healthy recipes just from a simple search. There is no need to try to become Rachel Ray in the kitchen but you have to at least try. Another great tool to use in the kitchen to shorten your cooking time is a crock pot. We have three in our house! I would highly suggest getting one that has a timer and an automatic adjustment so that it will go to warm all by itself. A simple google search can lead you to an array of recipes that you can throw in there and bam! By the time you get home your house smells divine and dinner is already done for the day!
Lastly, lunch is one place where a lot of people fall down. The temptation to join the office and order out everyday or go out to eat lunch is something that people do. Some days you just don’t feel like packing lunch. My advice here is to get over it! When you are plating dinner, get a container for your lunch and put you some of dinner aside. Lunch packing is complete! Kill two birds with one stone and then that way you have ZERO excuses for not packing your lunch. This will not only save you time and money, but a ton of calories! Pack your water when you pack your lunch as well so that way there are zero reasons to go to the drink machine as well.
A little bit of planning goes a long way folks! Your body and wallet will thank you later!
Til Next Time!