One of the most common issues that busy moms face is not knowing what to make for dinner. Cue the 5PM blank stare into the fridge…
My Meal Planning Made Simple course goes into a lot more detail about how to make getting a healthy meal on the table much easier, but I wanted to share with you one of my key tips from that class because it could quite frankly eliminate many of the headaches you’re experiencing around meal planning.
I don’t know why, but it seems like we have this notion in our minds that dinner needs to be some elaborate concoction of perfectly prepared food… not so, my friends!
Enter Stupid Simple Dinners.
Meat + Veggie + Carb = Stupid Simple Dinner
Here is my cheat sheet for how to put together a Stupid Simple Dinner, but really all you do is choose a type of meat, a vegetable, and some source of carbohydrate (potatoes, grains, winter squashes). The combinations are endless… and, if you include spices and marinades… take endless combinations out to infinity!
My family eats Stupid Simple Dinners most nights of the week – I don’t have a lot of time and energy to devote to more elaborate meals. This week, I have 3 Stupid Simple Dinners planned:
Monday: Chicken, Broccoli, Rice
Tuesday: Meatballs, Spaghetti Squash, Zucchini
Thursday: Fish, Cauliflower, Quinoa
It’s that simple.
What’s great about Stupid Simple Dinners too is that they are very kid friendly. That is, if your kids are anything like mine where they don’t like things mixed together and generally like their food without much seasoning. Typically I’ll spice up the adult portions of the meat and leave the kids’ naked.
I hope this helps you with your meal planning endeavors. If you’d like a few more tips and tricks for your meal planning toolbag – check out my Meal Planning Made Simple class!