Good afternoon, Pinners!
To all of the new readers, feel free pull up a chair, sip on some tea and make yourself at home. I launched a Recipage last week with 60+ recipes and have several guides to eating clean in the Clean Living Tips section. Also, earlier this week I revamped my Clean Living Products page to include reviews of items that I use in my kitchen, household and workouts on a daily basis. Enjoy! And as always, please Email Me (maria at mariamakesmuffins dot com) if you have any questions.
I know that for many of you, clean breakfasts, snacks and lunches are easier to put together than suppers. The majority of you work full time, workout on a daily basis and have families. That’s a lot to juggle, in addition to making sure that supper is on the table by 6 PM. Trust me, I understand.
I know that I don’t usually blog about what we eat for supper. I’m not entirely sure why that is. I make something pretty exciting for dinner almost every night. My biggest hurdle is that I find it difficult to take pictures of our suppers.
It just seems like a hassle for what usually turn out to be mediocre photos… Especially now that it gets dark so early. I don’t have a good place for a lightbox and by the time I have supper plated the last thing I want to do is make my family wait for me to do a photoshoot before digging in. However, I would really like to start posting more supper options for you.
The following are the keys to quick, no fuss homemade weeknight suppers:
- Make a weekly, biweekly to monthly meal plan, noting the prep that each meal requires (thawing meat, chopping veggies, starting the slow cooker, etc).
- At the beginning of the week (Sat or Sun) prep everything that you can for the week – chop vegetables, marinate meat, precook grains, etc.
- Label everything that you prep for ease of identification and to prevent your family from munching on the veggies that you cut up for Tuesday’s supper.
- When planning your meals consider the leftovers. Obviously some leftovers will be used for weekday lunches; however, plan to use a couple cups of whole wheat noodles from Monday’s spaghetti combined with the chili leftovers from Tuesday’s chili to make Chili Sweet Puff Casserole on Wednesday night.
- One evening every two weeks make a double recipe and freeze the leftovers. When I make veggie burgers, chicken breasts, grass-fed meatballs and soups I always prepare at least a double or triple batch. It does not take that much additional time to prepare a few extra portions that will freeze/thaw well.
- Take advantage of in season and inexpensive produce. When the farmer’s markets were overflowing with roma tomatoes I would buy them by the bushel and make Roasted Veggie Tomato Sauce. Now when we are craving spaghetti and meatballs I simply thaw a bag of vacuum sealed sauce and I am half way to a fabulous family meal.
- Try not to look at meal prep as a chore. Not every meal needs to be elaborate. Some of the best meals we have had lately were simple. On New Year’s Eve I served pan seared salmon, roasted brussels sprouts and low and slow sweet potatoes. It was amazing!
- Give yourself a break. It’s ok to serve scrambled eggs, toast and fruit salad for supper. Switch it up by making a frittata with leftover veggies and potatoes or make it an egg sandwich. What matters most is that your family sits down to a complete clean meal and enjoys each other’s company.