Note: Healthy Eating with Full Pantry
Today, I'm sharing a quick note on how I keep my family eating healthy + at home, even in the midst of pure insanity. Being a Mom means that I am literally always busy! I feel like I am constantly trying to do 10000 things + it can be incredibly easy to let the quality of our food slide, because let's be real, eating at home takes WORK! But it's really important to me to provide my family with healthy, nutritious meals + for Jack to grow up in a home where meal time isn't spent around the television, but around the dinner table.
In the past few months, I've found a few tricks that help me maximize my time in the kitchen so we can eat healthy + at home as often as possible!
- Meal Plan - I plan out all of our meals for the week before I ever create a grocery list or go grocery shopping. First, this saves me $. If I don't have a plan, I will end up with a million different things that are all amazing, but don't create any sort of meal. To meal plan, I usually pick 4-5 dinner recipes. I make sure the recipes feed 4. If they don't, I double them so Cody + I can take leftovers to work the following day for lunch. I also plan out breakfasts, but we're boring + eat the same high protein breakfast every day which is usually eggs + berries. Eating leftovers the next day also saves me $ + time because I'm not constantly cooking.
- Grocery Delivery - If you are constantly short on time, let me save you 2 hours with a crying baby + sell you on GROCERY DELIVERY! I personally love to use Full Pantry for grocery shopping. Full Pantry is a grocery delivery service in Birmingham, AL but instead of only shopping at Publix or Whole Foods, they literally go to any store you want - including Pepper Place Market! I absolutely love that. So if you need Tessamae's Dressing from Whole Foods, bacon from your favorite local farm + plantain chips from Trader Joe's - they will do it allllll + bring it to your door! All I do is send Madison (the owner) my list via email + the next day, she will show up with all my favorite things. It's pretty much heaven + a must-have for busy moms!
- Meal Prep - Once our groceries are delivered, I set aside a few hours to meal prep, usually on a Sunday. I'll take a look at the recipes + see what I can make ahead of time. Meal Prep usually involves me washing all of our produce + cooking the majority of our sides (roasted veggies, carmelized peppers/onions, etc.) If I'm making tacos or something where the meat can be made in advance, I'll go ahead + do that too! I've found having some of the work done really helps me when it's dinner time, I'm exhausted, starving + racing a clock to get dinner ready + Jack down for bed.
Well, that's it! How do you make sure your family eats healthy during the week when you are short on time? Any favorite go-to recipes you care to share?