My daughter often likes to joke that whenever I go on a healthy eating kick we eat nothing but chicken every night for dinner, and you know what? She is kinda right…I do fall into a rut when cooking and trying to eat healthy. I get so worried about sauces and carbs that I forget that it doest have to be hard to eat healthy, you just need to have some tricks up your sleeve.
First and foremost?
1. Have a plan – A weekly meal plan can save you so much time and stress but who has time to research recipes, check ingredients and plan the meals all in advance? I know I don’t, that is why I was excited to fin this new online service called Gatheredtable. This service creates a totally custom meal plan (and shopping list!) for you based on your personal preferences and how much time you have each night.
2. Shop with a list – How many times have you gone to the store, spent way to much money and then gotten home and realized that you forgot key ingredients for certain meals? Possibly the greatest part about Gatheredtable is having the well-organized grocery list that goes with it–just choose the days you want to shop for (anywhere from just 1 day to several weeks!) and they create a perfectly organized list that combines all of the ingredients across all the recipes. How great is that?
3. Get the kids involved in the kitchen–trying out new recipes or new foods? Get the kids involved and they are more likely to try foods that they have never eaten before. Pull up a chair, have your kids wash veggies, have your older kids measure out ingredients or teach them proper knife skills and stove safety and make it a fun, family time in the kitchen that you will all enjoy. And just think…eventually they might make dinner for you!
4. Embrace leftovers – leftovers don’t haveto mean just reheating the same thing a couple nights later (but they alsototally can be that!). Leftovers can take many different forms, turn leftover meat into tacos or make fried rice out of leftover rice . One of my favorites is to make homemade chicken noodle soup from leftover lemon chicken breasts. I only have to make the chicken once, shred the leftovers and I have another totally different meal that no one will realize is leftovers.
5. Clean out your refrigerator before you plan and shop – Every week before I head to the store or plan my meals I look to see what I have left in my fridge and freezer. Maybe chicken was on sale last week and I stocked up so I want to make some chicken based meals this week or maybe I have some specific veggies that need to be used up before they go bad. By checking my fridge and freezer (and pantry too!) I can plan my meals around what I have which saves me time and money.
So what exactly is GatheredTable?
Gatheredtable makes life easier by answering the question, “what’s for dinner?” by providing customers with all the tools they need to easily plan, shop for and prepare a homemade dinner. Customers tell them their diet, food avoidances, daily time limits, and how many nights a week they want to cook, and Gatheredtable will provide you with a totally custom meal plan full of our personally curated, tested, and perfected recipes. No matter what type of dietary restrictions or tastes you have, the Gatheredtable website fits your needs and makes your life easier. There really is something for everyone.
Want to try GatheredTable for your family to see what a difference it can make in your meal planning? Right now you can save 40% off an annual subscription, just by clicking here. That saves you more than $70 per year…what do you have to lose ?
What tips do you have for avoiding the dinnertime rut and putting homemade meals on the table for your family?
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