There is nothing more annoying than coming home from work not knowing what to make for dinner. I always have a strategy in place to make my life easier: make dinners under 30 minutes, use fresh ingredients that requires minimal cooking, leave complicated dishes for the weekend and most important, do as much prep as I can over the weekend for the upcoming week. Perhaps you may want to know what I do to get a quick meal on the table in a heartbeat:
Just like you, I have 5 days to come up with menus. My plan for the week could be as follow:
Monday: My “Cook-Once-Eat-Twice-Meal”, a large pot of pork white chili, avocado, and corn salad.
Tuesday: Pan roasted salmon, mashed sweet potatoes, green salad and avocado.
Wednesday: Rotisserie chicken Enchiladas, cauliflower rice, salad and guacamole.
Thursday: My “Cook-Once-Eat-Twice-Meal”, (portion two of my white chili, avocado and salad).
Friday: Shrimp Scampi, over multi-grain thin spaghetti, broccoli, carrots, beets, salad and avocado.
My basic groceries to purchase for the week are:
1 rotisserie chicken (for enchiladas and to make chicken stock with the bones for the chili.)
1 lb. of large/jumbo shrimp
1 pk. of corn tortillas
2-3 cans of cannellini beans (depending on the household size)
2 to 4 salmon steaks (depending on the number of family members to feed)
1 lb. each of sweet potatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, beets, corn, or any other veggie.
Of course, I have the other ingredients at home.
My Saturday prep includes:
Peeling all the veggies and store in plastic bags.
Prep of all the meats, store in plastic containers, marinate for the next two days and freeze the other.
De-bone the Rotisserie chicken, discard skin and fat and prepare chicken stock for the week.
Easy Does it and all the aforementioned recipes are in my Blog.
So there you have it, my secret to make quick meals in no time. It’s all worth it. Do it! You will not regret if,. You will be eating healthier and will have more time for family, friends and YOURSELF!
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I am a blogger, a photographer, a jewelry designer, a gourmet cook, and a recipe book writer. I am also a flea market flipper, an avid gardener, an interior/ outdoors designer, an avid golfer and traveler.