Do you feel like you never have enough time to cook a healthy dinner?
Annoyed when you serve dinner and your kids say, “this again mom!”.
Feeling guilty because you ordered in dinner one too many times last week?
Imagine a day where you could come home, pull out the dinner ingredients from your fridge and within 30-minutes serve your family a healthy AND delicious home cooked meal.
From one working mom to another I know how tired, annoyed and stressed out you are. I know that the last thing you want to do is cook dinner.
The pressure to run your kids from one activity to activity, make sure that they are taking swimming lessons, playing hockey, playing a musical instrument, go to the “perfect school”, do their homework, arrange the dreaded “play-dates”, (and ensure there is a healthy snack) are all overwhelming and exhausting!
Stress is everywhere. Mealtime stress is a whole other story.
My job is to help you bring back home cooked food without wanting to kill everyone in your house!
If you’re like any of the people I recently surveyed then you want to:
- Cook healthy meals
- Want to know what to cook
- How to put health ingredients together so they taste good
- Teach your kids healthy eating habits
Just a couple years ago I wanted those same things. My husband works long hours; I have an hour commute to work and back and I had to juggle all of the after school activities. I found myself feeling like crap – – too many takeout meals and guilt over feeding my kids processed food, does not make for a happy mama.
Finally, I said “Enough! Stop the madness!”.
Cooking should not be a chore! There has to be a way to make healthy meals without spending hours in the kitchen. So I went on a mission to solve my dinnertime problems.
I first started by clearing out all the gadgets I never used (bye-bye garlic peeler, bye-bye strawberry huller) and making the 3 most used tools readily accessible at a moment’s notice (TIP: make sure your tools are clean and put back in place, instead of sitting in the sink or dishwasher), made a world of difference.
Top 3 Kitchen Tools That Make Cooking Faster & Easier
Here are my top picks for the time-starved but nutrition-savvy Kitchen Goddess in you. Once you have these tools, you will use at least one every day.
The 3-in-1 Food Processor Multi-Serve Blender and Single-Serve Blender.
Doesn’t matter if it’s the Ninja, the Vitamix or another make that suits your budget and needs.
The Food Processor part turns roasted veggies and broth into a gourmet soup in seconds. It also save you time and elbow grease if you want to bake up some bread or dessert on a weeknight.
Imagine that! Baking homemade cookies on a Monday night!
You can do it with the Food Processor (here is an almond cookie recipe. )
The Multi-Serve (large) blender can also make soups. It is very handy for bulk beverages like homemade lemonade, smoothies, homemade nut milks (save money doing this) and cocktails (yes nutritionist like cocktails too!).
Of course, nothing is faster than a smoothie for a nutritious and affordable liquid breakfast or snack. That’s where the Single-Serve part is worth the investment. Try this this chocolate smoothie (even your kids will love it)
PFOA-free Non-stick Pan
PFOA or perfluoroctanoic acid is linked to certain cancers so it’s worth avoiding when you can. Choose a size that allows you to make a one-pan or one-pot meal for your whole family. You will love to easy clean up!
Here is a great recipe that you can try.
A Toaster Oven With Timed Shut Off.
Most generic toaster oven have a temperature dial, a dial for bake or broil and the all-important timer dial. This means that you can put a few sweet potatoes or other root veggies in at 450 F, turn the knob to 20 or 30 minutes and walk away. It will turn itself off and when you come back, your food will be ready!
P.S. If you have kids, teach them to use this to make their own toast, chicken, fish or veggies- of courses goes without saying make sure they are age appropriate to use the toaster over –smiley face.
Now that your kitchen is all set up to make meal-time cooking faster and easier let’s get into WHAT to actually cook so you never again have to ask the dreaded question…
“What do you want for dinner?”
For me, meal planning is KEY.
With meal planning, not only did I save money (I didn’t waste money on food that we weren’t going to eat and then had to throw out, ahem), I also saved time and we all ate healthier food. The big winner for me was I felt less stressed out about cooking and dinnertime turned into a happy experience.
I am a busy mom with two kids, who by the way has her kids doing all of those activities that I talked about in the beginning of this post. I am constantly being asked by my friends and clients, how I manage to make home-cooked meals and pack my lunches everyday with nutritious, healthy food.
How do I do it?
Let me share with you what I do each week.
MEAL PLANNING 101
Ok this step is huge – a true game changer for me.
Each week I picked 3 dinners that I planned on making (some of these meals would be used for leftover for lunches etc.) and planned out 3 breakfast ideas.
If your kids are over the age of 2 you can get them involved in the process, which they LOVE. Something odd happened when I started to include my kids in the meal planning… they wanted to try new foods, not because I was forcing them too, but because it became “their choice”!
If they choose, they are more likely to try the new food-proven in my house.
PREPARE A GROCERY LIST
Once I figured what I wanted to cook, I sat down and went through each recipe and made my grocery list (here is an example of what the grocery list would look like when you sign up for the meal plans. Download your free 1 week meal plan sample, which includes a printable grocery list.
Once you are armed with a plan and a grocery list, you are off to the races.
Here is a time saving tip for you… Now that you have a list with exactly what you need to buy on it anyone can do the shopping so delegate it. No more wandering the grocery store aisle aimlessly wondering what the hell you are going to cook.
If I don’t plan our meals, I am cranky, and stressed out. To save my sanity (and my family’s) meal planning and a prepared grocery list is key!
For the last year, I have been super busy developing my meal plans so that I could share my already planned meals and grocery lists with you.
I want to help you create delicious, healthy meals and show you that you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen to feed your family. Cooking can be fun. Let me show you how.
My mission is to encourage busy moms and dads to make cooking a priority, and to empower you to get into the kitchen and cook real food without the stress and hassle of having to plan.
Click here to try a 7-day meal plan and grocery list 100% FREE.
Don’t just take my word on it, I want you to see how a meal plan and a prepared grocery list will save you time and money and most of all help to alleviate some stress.
If you want to skip this part and go right to receiving your weekly meal plans, click here to get start now…