Here’s a typical week of dinners for my family:
Sunday – hamburgers and carrots with hummus
Monday – tacos
Tuesday – chili in the crock pot
Wednesday- mesquite marinaded chicken breast with baked sweet potato
Thursday – baked spaghetti squash with ground turkey and Marinara sauce
Friday – sautéed chicken with mushrooms and onions
Saturday – chicken stir fry
We are members at SAMs Club, so I usually buy meat in bulk and freeze it. I can also get huge bags of frozen veggies and fruit. Having them on hand can make a quick healthy dinner in a pinch. So I always make sure we have a good supply of things in our freezer.
So now the grocery list is easy. And I have 75% of everything I need already. I generally spend an hour or two Sunday afternoon in the kitchen making 3-4 dinners. My meals are relatively simple, so it won’t take long.
First I would put the spaghetti squash and the sweet potatoes in the oven. Then I would put the hamburgers on the grill and make the taco meat while the burgers are cooking. I would then put the marinade on the chicken and leave it in the fridge for 2-3 days and grill it when I want to eat it. Then I would brown the meat for the spaghetti squash. The chili ingredients can be put in the crock pot and stored in the fridge until about 1 hour before you want to start cooking it.
I promise this whole process won’t take more than 2 hours. And at the end you have 5 dinners perfectly made (I’m i clouding the chili because you have to do if out it in the crock pot and turn it on😃) and 2 ready to be quickly made.
The chicken with mushrooms and onions I would make the night we are going to eat it. Same thing for the chicken stir fry, only takes about 15 minutes.
So there you have it. A nicely planned out week of dinners with all the prep work done on Sunday afternoon.
I challenge you to try it. Write down what you want to make and then make your grocery list off it. Then plan some time to make and prepare it all.
You can do it.
Being prepared equals success. Good luck and let me know how it goes.