Menu Plan : So what about dinner?

If you’re anything like me, dinner is one of those moments that comes way to fast. Especially when I was working full time and didn’t get home until 7:00 every night. Honestly, we ate a lot of pre-packaged food or quick meals and boy did my health show it. Dinner does take some time to prepare, but with a few shortcuts, it can be made a lot easier. And it is rather important at the end of the day to continue to nourish your body and stay away from extra ‘junk food’ that you’re not going to be able to burn off.

I also try and stay away from eating all high carb meals as the insulin spike can effect your hormone production. (especially for those of us with PCOS or other hormone balance issues) The carbs I do choose to eat with my dinner (because sometimes you just gotta have them!) need to be complex carbs, no refined white breads or grains, and I also make sure they are just a side dish, not the main meal. I also make sure that what I eat contains very little store bought foods, as it’s my way of staying away from an unnecessary consumption of chemicals and preservatives. I want my body to work on absorbing nutrients, not on fighting unnatural substances.

My sample menu

Monday – grilled chicken, baked sweet potatoes w/ a little honey, green beans

Tuesday – taco salad (baby spinach and lettuce mixture w/ brown rice, seasoned beef, cheese, fresh pico de gallo, and organic ranch dressing)

Wednesday – marinated steaks, broccoli, 1/2 baked potato

Thursday – roast chicken, mashed potatoes w/ homemade gravy, corn, green beans

Friday – chicken fajitas (using leftover chicken from roast) on homemade tortilla shells, seasoned brown rice, fresh salsa

Saturday – our homemade pizza night! although I do try and balance it out with a salad occasionally :-)

Sunday – baked salmon, sweet potatoes, broccoli

With a few time saving tips, you should be able to prepare each one of these meals in about 30 minutes, with the exception of the roast chicken if you make the mashed potatoes from scratch.

  • Always map out your meals. This is the hugest time saver and I wish I had done this when I was working full time. Each night you can see what’s for dinner tomorrow and make sure you have everything you need out of the freezer.
  • Use some time you may have over the weekend to start preparing for dinner. For this weeks menu, make the brown rice, seasoned beef, and tortilla shells and toss them in the freezer. It’s so much easier when everything is ready to go.
  • Marinade your meats in the morning before you leave so it’s ready to go when you get home.
  • Use your crock pot! I roast my chicken in the crock pot and not only is it easier, it actually tastes better and is super moist and tender.
  • Have your hubby (or whomever is home and can handle it) start the grill up so it’s warm and ready to go when you get home.
  • Eat something when you walk in the door. Like a handful of baby carrots, or some grapes. (don’t break out the doritos!) It’ll help subside your hunger so you don’t go throwing the quickest thing you can on the table.

With a little bit of planning and thought, healthy eating can be easy.

About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. Frugal Finds says:

    It is so hard to eat healthy with a busy schedule!

  2. Your menu looks delicious, as well as healthy. Thanks for your great ideas.