Yes you read that right. I dare you to cook from home every night for 30 days. If you want to do this, but you think you can’t or want some help, then you are in the right place. Keep reading for simple ideas on how to save time and money and eat healthier by cooking from home every night for 30 days or more.
First, meal plan. I know this isn’t the first time you’ve heard this but if you want to succeed at avoiding eating out for at least 30 days, then you really must do this. The easiest method I’ve found is to use a paper meal planner or just a piece of paper. Then list everything you have in your fridge, freezer and panty. Then start writing down meals you know you can make from what you have already. If needed make a separate shopping list for anything you need to buy. If you need more meal ideas for using up what you have, then I use a website or app like yummly or all recipes.
Second, look at your calendar and schedule for the week. Which nights do you have something going on that will make it harder for you to have the time to cook at dinner time? Which nights will you get home later from work? For those nights you will want to plan on either using a crockpot in the morning or meal prepping ahead. I recommend doing a combination to make it easier for you. For crockpot meals the best options are some kind of soup or stew. You can’t go wrong with classics like split pea and ham soup, lentil soup, or a stew with chicken, onions, carrots, cabbage and potatoes. You can also experiment with other combinations too.
For meal prepping I recommend taking a few hours on the weekend to do this. Decide which meals you want to meal prep for and how much food you will need. Then get out enough Tupperware or rubbermaid containers to store the food in. Some of my favorite things to meal prep include: chopped veggies for salads, rice, quinoa, cooked chicken or turkey, and cooked mixed vegetables. When I am doing a complete meal prep, I like to do some of all of these. It can also be a good idea to cook a couple of batched of gluten free muffins or similar baked goods to have on hand for breakfast or snacks.
Third be committed to cooking from home every night. You can do it if you plan ahead and make yourself stick with it. It also helps to have a reason why. In most cases you are doing this to save money and improve your health. You can do it. I believe in you. If you need help, you can schedule a wellness consultation with me and let’s talk about it.