Here's a little secret.
The majority of mine and Ravi's meals at home are a thoughtful hodgepodge of random components from the fridge.
I may post a lot of recipes, and while I absolutely love experimenting in the kitchen and browsing the internet for recipe inspiration, it's just not realistic to spend hours in the kitchen every day.
Between building a business and dealing with the rest of life, I simply don't have time to try a new recipe every night or worry about making each meal Instagram worthy.
And my guess is you don't have this kind of time either!
Today, I want to share how I put together quick, easy, and delicious weeknight meals.
My way of meal planning is easily adaptable and scalable. It's also perfect for families with picky eaters and busy schedules. Or, maybe one person wants Mexican and the other Mediterranean (as is often the case with Ravi and me). This covers it all.
Here's how it works.
1. On the weekend, shop for and prep at least one or two components from each category.
Greens + Vegetables
Grains + Starchy Vegetables
Toppings + Condiments
Pro Tip: I like to prepare my veggies, grains, and protein as simply as possible with olive oil, salt, and pepper. This keeps time in the kitchen to a minimum and lets me easily change things up by adding whatever spices and condiments I'm in the mood for when ready to eat. (It also let's picky eaters easily customize their plates without you having to be a short order cook. Win!)
Also, don't worry about using the grocery store for help. Get those veggies pre-chopped or buy an organic rotisserie chicken if it makes your life easier.
2. When you're ready to eat, simply choose one component from each category and assemble the bowls.
I reheat our meals in either a skillet or the toaster oven, but feel free to use the microwave too. We're going for quick and easy!
As far as actual cooking goes, I may sauté an onion, wilt down greens, or quickly roast chopped broccoli, but that's pretty much as complex as it gets. Maybe I'll take all of the veggies and turn them into a stir-fry, but they take away here is those veggies were already chopped and the rice was cooked!
Use different toppings, spices, and condiments to change up the flavor profiles each night. Try Asian quinoa bowls on Tuesday and Mexican brown rice for Wednesday.
You can see some of my favorite combinations in my free guide, which you can download here.
As I always say - healthy doesn't have to be hard.
There's a time and a place for cooking more elaborate dinners, but coming home from work on Wednesday night at 7pm isn't one of them.
My goal with this post is to show you how easy it is to feed yourself simple, delicious food any night of the week. It's one of the first things I teach my clients and a key skill to learn for building lifelong healthy habits.