Preparing meals for a week is so easy. It only takes 2 hours or less to get all of your weeks meals done for the entire family. Here are some suggestions on how you can prepare your family's meals for a week. Get the kids involved in helping you and they will learn how to make healthy food choices. Children love a sense of accomplishment especially when they help in the kitchen. Plus they are less likely to be begging you for fish sticks or other unhealthy foods.
Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping
By planning your meals for the week and writing down the ingredients you will need you are less likely to shop willy nilly by purchasing groceries you will not be using. Plus you will be saving money by shopping with a grocery list. Remember, never go to the grocery store when you are hungry as you will end up with a larger grocery bill. Think healthy choices.
- Grill onions, peppers and other veggies along with chicken or a cheap steak to make pocket sandwiches. Use whole wheat pocket bread and not white for a healthier choice.
- Use your grilled vegetables in lunch meat rollups
- Boil Eggs: great for a snack or add to your lunch or to a salad
- Prepare chef salads for the week with cut up cheese, sandwich meat, boiled eggs
- Make egg salad or deviled eggs to take to lunch or for a snack
- Cut up carrots and celery. Place these in a bowl of water and set in your refrigerator so they will keep all week. Great for snacks and healthy lunch choices.
- Pre-cut a block of cheese and use this to add to your lunches, salads or for a healthy snack
- Make Lettuce Wraps - Use any lettuce other than ice berg lettuce as ice berg lettuce does not contain the healthy nutrients you need. Choose the darker lettuce instead.
- Pre-scramble a family pack of hamburger. Mix some hamburger with brown rice and vegetables to add to your lettuce wraps.
- Pre-scrambled hamburger can be used to make spaghetti. You will have leftovers that can be taken to work or heated for another night of a meal.
*The leftover hamburger can be frozen in pint size freezer bags to be used for a meal down the road.
- Grapes can be frozen for a healthy snack and as a fruit source to your meals.
- Make Egg Muffins for the week. These can be used for any meal and for a healthy snack. Besides, who doesn't like breakfast for dinner.
- Don't forget your homemade pre-made meatballs. These can either be added along with your grilled vegetables or to make spaghetti.
By making up a batch of meatballs and freezing them you can pick out the amount of meatballs you will need for a meal or two.
Saving time and money as well as eating healthy choices for your week's meals. Remember, there is absolutely nothing wrong with leftovers as leftovers can always be frozen for a meal at a later date.
By precooking your scrambled hamburger or meatballs you will end up with individual meal sizes. Saving time and being creative with your meal planning is a frugal thing.
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