What is the easiest thing to do when you have had a long day and do not have any ideas about what you are having for dinner? Grab fast food or take-out. Not the healthiest option but you have no desire or energy to make anything. You may not have the proper ingredients or cannot agree with the family on what to make. Now if you had your week planned out with all the meals this could have been avoided.
It’s reason number three that meal planning is something that you should do, it’s healthier. You can make recipes that are low fat, low carb, low sodium or anything else that is important to you and your family. This can eliminate the quick fix, unhealthy meals. You can also make bigger portions of the meals that you like and have leftovers during the week. When you are working late or busy doing errands late in the day you can still have something ready to heat up quick at home and not have to reach for the old standby of burgers, pizza or tacos.
If you like the food that you get at your favorite restaurant or burger place then look up copy cat recipes or healthier versions that you can remake at home. You can still get your fast food craving in, but with a healthy twist. You can add fresh fruits and veggies or salads instead of the fries and onion rings to off set the calories and fat. There are plenty of recipes on the internet that have taken old favorites and made them over by lowering the fat and calories. With a little planning you can have your burgers, fettuccini alfredo and even dessert. Your family will not miss the fast food and your children will learn how to make healthier food choices and that can only help them later in life.
Never worry about what's for dinner again. I've got you covered with the meal plans in the Once a Week Cooking Club. Cook once, eat all week.
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