When it comes to cooking dinner, eating the same old thing day in and day out can get pretty dull, fast. The good news is that things do not have to be this way. In fact, all you need to shake up dinner times is a little push in the right direction. Something that you will find in the 4 steps described in the post below.
Create a stock of recipes
First of all, if you want to inject a bit of variety into your dinner times, you need to track down at least two weeks’ worth of different recipes that you like.
Happily, this is a straightforward task because there are so many wonderful sites online like themediterraneandish.com that are brimming over with easy, yet delicious recipe ideas. Something that means you’ll never have to eat the same thing for two nights in a row again.
Of course, it is up to you whether you copy these out onto recipe cards, or save them digitally for your convenience. Just be sure that you have a simple master list that you can access for the next step.
Use the recipes to plan your meals
The next step is to use this bank of recipes to plan your meals for the week. One easy way to do this is to use a grid and write them in. Although some people like to write out each dish on a card and then display these as a weekly menu. Something that helps keep them organized.
Of course, by planning your meals like this, you can make shopping more manageable too. You will probably even end up spending less money on groceries while still having healthy and exciting food to enjoy each evening.
Prep your meals ahead of time
The third step in revolutionizing your meal times is to do as much preparation ahead of time as you can. In fact, by spending one afternoon at the weekend cutting vegetables, portioning meals, and marinating meats, you can have all the hard work done for the whole week.
Additionally, as described at happymoneysaver.com you can do this step for a fortnight or even a month. Although you will need to make sure you increase the number of ingredients you buy to accommodate this.
Of course, by doing this, you can make sure you have home-cooked, delicious and variety-filled meals for the entire month! Something that can really revolutionize the way that you eat.
Freeze your meals
Finally, once your dishes are prepared, you can portion them out into bags or containers and then freeze. Something that will allow you to take out one meal a day, defrost it and then quickly cook it once dinner time rolls around.
Just be sure to follow the advice at thekitchn.com and label up what is in each bag or container, especially if you are preparing for an entire month. Otherwise, things can get a bit confusing. Other than that, you will have little else to do apart from the actual cooking of the food before serving. Oh and enjoy your new, revolutionized way of eating of course!