“What shall I make for dinner tonight?”
Is one of the least favorite questions a mom asks herself. And with a good reason! If you don’t have any inspiration, or even time, to come up with a nutritious and delicious meal (talk about pressure), this question can be quite stressful.
Below are some tips that have helped me put healthy dinners on the table, consistently. I’m not saying that ordering takeaway is something bad, sometimes it can be a breeze to not have to think about cooking. Moms can relate.
Plan your dinners ahead
I’m sure that you’ve heard of meal planning a lot. I’ve written an article before on why you should start meal planning right away. As far as dinner inspiration goes, meal planning will result in a list of dinners that you can make throughout the week. And if you did some grocery shopping and you got what you need for those dinners, you’re all set up and ready to cook!
Got no inspiration, or are you ready to mix things up a bit? I’ve got one word for you: Pinterest. If you have no clue on what to make, just browse through the recipes and get inspired.
Type some keywords in the search bar and see the results unfold before your eyes. My suggestions for keywords are: “healthy dinner“, “quick healthy dinner recipes“, “easy dinner recipes“, “Buddha bowls” and “dinner bowl recipes“. As you can see, there are A LOT of recipes you can choose from. I bet that I’ll refer back to this post later just for these links haha!
Ask your friends and/or family what their favorite dinners are. I’ve found that every family has its own “taste”, and I love to be inspired by that. There are families who love to cook from a certain cuisine and others who just mix and match. I love this diversity and I’m always willing to try new things. You never know, maybe you’ll find your family a new favorite dinner that you can put on your meal plan more frequently!
Make dinner for two days…
…if that’s possible. This has made things a lot easier for me. As a mom of two little girls, I’m always on the hunt for some extra free time, ya know? I’d rather spend time with my girls than cooking in my kitchen, to be honest.
I usually make a large dinner that we eat in two days. So instead of finding six or seven recipes, I just have to come up with three. Talk about convenience! I even noticed that certain meals taste better the next day, so that’s a big bonus as well.
Keep a dinner log
This one is gold because I often forget what I’ve made for dinner in the past. A few weeks ago, my husband suggested that we start a WhatsApp group with only the two of us (my favorite kind of groups!), so we can post pictures of my dinners in there. This way I can always refer back to those pictures if I lack inspiration. I love it so far! I used to write down what I’ve made, but technology has served me better in this regard!
Stuff your pantry and freezer
That’s right. If you find a deal at your grocery store for any of your staples and it fits in your pantry or in your freezer, buy it in bulk. This way you will always get some inspiration if you need any. If you think about it, you can make almost everything with ingredients that you have in your pantry and/or freezer. You can freeze meats, a lot of veggies and fruits. With regards to your pantry: rice, beans, pasta, quinoa, bulgur are amazing staples to make a healthy dinner with.