Looking for a jumpstart to your week come Monday? Specifically as it relates to your nutrition? Perfect. Put a little time aside on Sunday to prepare for some home cooked meals all week long. This can help you guarantee calmer, healthier, and happier meals.
Home-Cooked Sunday (we’ll call it the ‘new thing’) is your family’s day to shop, prep, cook, and enjoy a great sit-down dinner together — all the while getting your fridge ready for the week. Also, Sunday is a great day to take the time to include your kids and show them the joys of cooking. It will expand their palates and curiosity and set them up for healthy eating the rest of their lives. Let’s take a step by step look at this:
1. Make a plan
Plan for 3 dinners; it helps to get inspired by cookbooks, our Trumi blog ;), Pinterest, or your family recipe box. Write a grocery list and then get shopping… already knowing what you are going to make and having ingredients on hand is a huge help on busy weeknights. It saves you time and stress.
2. Peel 3-4 onions and one or two heads of garlic, (don’t chop them yet, they’ll get funky)
Store them in air-tight containers, ready to chop.
3. Wash, peel, and slice plenty of carrots, celery, and peppers
Chop up a head or two of cabbage, cauliflower or broccoli… Put them in separate glass jars or containers, (adding water to the one with carrots), they will be easy to grab as snacks or to chop up for soups and salads.
4. Cook up a batch of quinoa or wild rice, refrigerate, or freeze in airtight containers
Quinoa tossed into salads or soups add an easy boost of nutrition. Having pre-cooked wild rice ready saves you 45 minutes on busy night.
To have a bowl of cooked beans or lentils on hand is invaluable on a busy night, make some for the fridge and some for the freezer too.
6. Wash, prep, and dry a large container of salad greens
Keep in an air-tight container ready to grab by the handful.
7. If you are a kale or spinach-loving family, wash and chop a couple of bunches
So they are ready for salads, as topping for soups, eggs and beans or as fillings for sandwiches and wraps.
8. Shake together a jar of homemade vinaigrette for salads, to drizzle on chicken or crudités
Pour 1 part tasty vinegar to 3 parts good oil (olive/coconut) in a jar, add a sprinkle of salt, and maybe some crushed garlic or shallots. Shake the jar vigorously before using.
9. Hard-boil a few or more eggs
These will be great for a fast breakfast or lunch on the go!