Meal Planning for Professional Moms and Dads

01 September, 2016

School is back in session, and that means that your mornings and evenings have become a whirlwind of carpools, bus pickups, sports practices and after-school clubs. While this is an exciting season, it also leaves little to no time for family dinners and meal preparation. If you’re trying to avoid the drive-thru, check out these meal-planning tips for professional parents.

1. Create a repertoire of easy, healthy recipes. Trying new recipes is fun, but it takes time. One of the tricks to having accessible, healthy dinners during the week is having a set of go-to recipes that you can prepare in advance or throw together in a pinch. Gauge what your family loves for dinner, and adapt it with fresh ingredients and vegetables.

2. Choose a shopping day and make a list. Choose a specific time during the week that you go to the store. Whether it’s Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon, try to carve out that time so it doesn’t get overlooked. Also, never forget your grocery list. Shopping off-script is when you’re most likely to make unhealthy impulse buys. Another great trick for avoiding impulse buys: Never go to the grocery store hungry! Always eat before you go.

3. Practice meal prep. Have a week’s worth of dinners ready to go in the oven or the slow cooker. You can do this by combining all of the ingredients in a storage bag and freezing it. Slow cooker meals are great for working parents because you can put them on low in the morning and have a hot dinner waiting on you when you get home from work. Pack lunches the night before, and purchase eat-on-the-go breakfast items like bananas, apples or yogurt.

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