Before you decide which meal(s) you’re going to prep ahead of time, take a close look at your daily schedule. Are you a single mom or dad with hectic mornings and not enough time to prepare a healthy breakfast for the kids? Or, perhaps you have trouble gathering around the table in the evening for a nutritious and well-planned meal. If you find yourself stopping at McDonald’s or ordering pizza, you may benefit by planning the dinner meal ahead of time.
Lunches can also change for the better when planned ahead. If you usually go out for lunch, you’ll save money by pre-planning a lunch you can both enjoy and that will be much more nutritious for you than fast food or restaurant meals. Kids quickly tire of cafeteria food and will thank you for a lunch they’ll enjoy and a nice change from the norm. Are you or your family gaining unwanted pounds from eating fast food or restaurant meals?
Are you or your family gaining unwanted pounds from eating fast food or restaurant meals? The meals that you tend to go through the drive-through for are the ones you should consider planning ahead. Think about which meals you can benefit most from if you planned ahead – and which will provide the most nutrition and fewer pounds. Everyone wishes for more time in the day to enjoy other pursuits. More family time, exercise time, relaxation and so much more can be accomplished by taking a few hours or one day a week to shop and prepare meals for the week ahead.
Everyone wishes for more time in the day to enjoy other pursuits. More family time, exercise time, relaxation and so much more can be accomplished by taking a few hours or one day a week to shop and prepare meals for the week ahead.
Choosing the best meals to prepare ahead can be as simple as assessing your stress level when trying to provide tasty and healthy meals for your family. If you’re more stressed in the morning when trying to get off to work and school, then consider breakfast as your main plan-ahead meal. If worrying about spending too much money on lunches or not getting a good value in matters of nutrition is bothering you, begin by planning lunches. Many choose dinner as their favorite meal to plan ahead.
That’s easy to understand when you consider how busy most families are in the evening. Kids are often coming in to eat at various times because of sports of study schedules – or you may be too tired from the long day to prepare a nutritious meal and opt for pizza or fast food.
You can turn your meal frustration around by thinking ahead and choosing to prepare ahead at least one meal during the week. You’ll transform a time-consuming and dreaded task into a quick, easy and delicious meal to enjoy.
Here is a quick list of meal ideas you can prep ahead:
- Crockpot Spaghetti
- Crockpot Lasagna
- Crockpot Fajitas
- Chili and Beans
- Vegetable Soup
- Chicken Alfredo
- Baked Ziti
- Stuffed Peppers
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Sloppy Joes
- Chicken Enchiladas
There are a few options above you can try. What is your go-to meal for a busy week?