When I was first married, my husband and I were both students. We were at school until about 8 pm each evening and on our way home, we would ask each other the dreaded questions: What should we have for dinner? That usually took us either to the grocery store, where we would look for inspiration, or home. By the time all was said and done, it was late and we were hungry and cranky.
We both love eating and love to eat good food, so we decided to change our ways. Over the weekend each week, we would write up our dinner menu and grocery list for week. Come dinner-time we would have a healthy, easy to make and delicious meal each night.
The meals you will find are healthy, minimalist and use fresh ingredients- vegetables, grains and proteins- things your great-grandmother would have had in her home!
Each meal is a full meal. I always aim to have protein, veggie and starch.
These meals should not take more than 30 minutes to prep. My goal is to prepare the meal for 30 minutes in the morning or 30 minutes when I get home from work.
Within the week’s meals you will see different nights labeled with a different type of meal: dairy, meat, chicken, fish, vegan, sandwich night, soup for dinner, breakfast for dinner. I try to have a variety of these - and no repeats in that week – i.e. if we had rice for our starch one night we don’t have it again that week.
No Kids' Meals
I have been feeding our kids adult food since they began eating food. Our family’s rule is: eat what’s for dinner or you can have a peanut butter and Jelly sandwich – my kids never opt for the latter….Sometimes they don’t eat something the first 3 times and then the 4th time, they love it – you never know…
In our house, weeknight dessert is fruit – and I am not a baker!