As a nutritionist, a common challenge my clients share is around dinner planning. At the end of the day, they’re tired and the last thing they want to do is figure out what to eat and prep a lot of food to cook. They want meals figured out for them in advance, and they want easy go-to meals they can make quickly.
I know first-hand how hard it can be to juggle everything especially being single and having to do the work myself. Planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, cleaning. It’s exhausting making one meal, which is why I’m sharing 3 Ways to Make Dinners Easy with you today that I’ve used to make dinner time easy!
3 Ways to Make Dinners Easy
Buying pre-cut, pre-packed fruits and vegetables are a great way to save time on prepping. Steam veggies are another great for adding to last minute meals. While they’re more expensive, you have to weigh that cost against how valuable your time is. Also, keeping individually packaged fish, chicken and burgers in the freezer are convenient for quick and easy meals. One of my favorite hacks is baking fish frozen then steaming veggies for a simple, yet healthy meals.
Rotate Favorite Dinners
Having 4 or 5 of your favorite dinners in your meal rotation can make dinner planning very easy. By making the same meal over and over, it becomes almost second nature to make it so there’s no thinking involved. Some of my favorite dinners I rotate regularly are turkey spaghetti zoodles, 10 minute shrimp & rice, and 15 minute chicken stir-fry.
Use A Meal Delivery Service
Using a meal delivery service like Blue Apron can help make dinner easy. If you’re unfamiliar with Blue Apron, let me tell you about it!
It’s a meal delivery service of farm-fresh ingredients, delivered right to your door, in the right proportions based on the meals you select. There’s no trips to the grocery store or waste from unused ingredients. Basically, you order your meals online and they show up at your front door delivered in a refrigerated box so the ingredients stay fresh even if you’re not home when your package arrives. All you have to do is cook them up, which is the fun part!
To me, this is a great option to use for a few dinners each week to reduce the amount of work you have to do to prepare balanced meals. It’s also an excellent way to try new foods and recipes. You may find a few you love and add them to your meal planning rotation!
One of the meals I had last week from Blue Apron (I received 3 total) was Spicy Noodles, Snap Peas & Mushrooms. I love Asian food, but often shy away from making it in the kitchen. They usually have ingredients I never heard of or can’t find.
Blue Apron makes it easy having by having them hand picked and portioned for you. No need to search multiple stores for what you need!
Making the meal was very easy. It took 20 minutes from start to finish to make and was incredibly delicious! It made enough for 2 people. When you buy your meals online, you select a 2 person or family plan before selecting the meals (more on this below!).
Blue Apron offer two types of plans: The 2-Person Plan and Family Plan:
- The 2-Person Plan will set you up with one delivery a week, each with three inventive meals for two. Each week, the culinary team creates six new recipes for this plan, and you will be sent a curated menu of three recipes based on your dietary preferences. The price for this plan is $9.99 per person per meal. Shipping is always free.
- The Family Plan is perfect for feeding a family of four. With this plan you can opt to receive one or two deliveries per week, each delivery consisting of two meals to be served family-style. The price for this plan is $8.74 per person per meal. Shipping is always free.
There’s no commitment! You can skip or cancel the service at any time. Don’t miss on the opportunity to make dinner easy. Try Blue Apron and take the guesswork out of meal planning now!
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