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Weeknight Dinners, Simplified

Everyone wants to cook fresh, healthy food for themselves and their family. Homemade food is tastier, more affordable, and better for you than going out to eat…But these days, its often difficult to balance life and get dinner on the table!

Whether a working woman (or man) or a busy stay-at-home mom, things just get in the way of this nutritious priority. Recently my sister gave me a recipe book for making meals ahead of time and freezing them for future use… That got me thinking, I ALWAYS have more time, energy and moxie to make this want a reality… during the weekend. The key for me was to start planning my weekly meals, grocery shop for the week, and pre-prep food over the weekend to help out my work week. Here's a shot of our soon-to-be spaghetti and meatballs dinner:

I whipped up some  homemade sauce (super easy and cheaper than the jarred kind!), portioned out some for dinner and froze the rest. The veggies were bell peppers, onions and zucchini strips; prettily prepped and ready for sauteing. Even the turkey meatballs (totally bought, I cannot make those things!), I pulled out of the oddly-shaped package and neatly stacked in my Premier with the rest of the dinner. Results? Easy, fast, delishious weeknight dinner that can be cooked up in a flash!

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2 Responses to Weeknight Dinners, Simplified

  1. Linda Panchuk November 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    I always cook extra to store for quick lunches and suppers. I love that I can see at a glance what’s stored inside the containers. I find everything gets used because it’s visible and therefore, inviting. What a time saver!

  2. Megan G April 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    I agree – much more time and energy on the weekends for this! I’ve done this before, but not to the extent of full meals. I will buy a loaf of bread and a bunch of deli meat, and then make sandwiches until I run out of bread (or lunch meat). This way my husband and I have a lunch (or at least a main dish to a lunch) or quick dinner ready to go. I always love when I do this – but I just need to get back into ACTUALLY DOING IT. I might have to try it on a bigger scale for full dinners with multiple ingredients…hmmmm….Your post just might have inspired me 🙂 Keep up the good work Sam!

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