For many of us, planning on satisfying, healthy and affordable weeknight dinners can be major challenge. Even if you work at home instead of in an office, it can still be a lot of effort, time and stress coming up with meals to satisfy our partners and families if it is your primary responsibility in the house! All too often your best plans and great ideas can fall apart because you run out of time, out of energy, or simply find you don't have the ingredients you need on-hand when you need them.
So what happens? You fall back on take-out fried chicken or Chinese food, a pizza, or just a quick pasta with jarred sauce.
Fast meals like that aren't bad every once in a while, but the calories—and cost to your wallet and your health—can add up in the long run. But if you have a few hours one day a week, say on a Sunday morning or afternoon, you can take care of a lot of the work in planning your cooking for the week ahead. The tips below are ones I try to follow as best as I can and it helps me keep my kitchen organized, my weeknight evenings less stressful, and my diet full of a variety of fresh, healthy and varied dinners to share every night with my sweetie.