It's Tuesday night, you just got home and you are exhausted. The kids are hungry and so are you.
Tired and hungry usually means a pizza or fast food. You eat out of a box or a bag and begin the familiar process of telling yourself "we really need to eat better".
Does this, or something like this, sound familiar? You are not alone. Rather than keep repeating the same pattern, we've got a few tips to help you feed your family the way you would like to.
1. Get Ready
Start the weekend with your grocery shopping done. Pick any weeknight to knock out the grocery list. The trip is always easier and quicker during the week.
You'll start the weekend with all the foods you need ready to go.
2. Defrost your meat. 3 minutes
On Friday or Saturday night before going to bed grab enough meat from your freezer for several weeknight meals. Just place the meat in the refrigerator and head to bed.
3. Prepare the meat. 20 minutes
On Saturday or Sunday morning, gather the meats from the refrigerator and organize them.
Place the meat you want to marinade in zip lock bags and place back in the refrigerator.
Decide which cuts you will be grilling or cooking in the oven and season them to your taste.
4. Cook it up! 60 minutes
On Sunday (morning, afternoon or evening) grab all of the meats for the week and cook them all. You may have the grill, oven and the stove top all going at once. The key here is to simply get all of the meat cooked without overcooking any of the items. Don't forget to clean as you go!
At the same time, you can:
- Chop vegetables
- Pre-make salads
- Cook brown or white rice
5. Pack it and Stack it. 7 minutes
Once all of the meat has cooled, you can trim, slice and store it in the refrigerator. Also do this with any of the side dishes you prepared. Zip lock bags and plastic storage containers are a big help.
Let's see, you have invested approximately 90 minutes and you now have dinners 90% ready for the entire week.
Now when you get home exhausted on Tuesday night, you can quickly assemble your dinner in just a few minutes.
When dinner is done, cleanup is a breeze too! You can’t get any pizza that quickly!
What weeknight dinner shortcuts have you used?