Time-Saving Tips For Fast, Healthy Weeknight Dinners

Between getting ready for work, kids off to school, extracurricular school activities and completing homework, you have enough to think about on a daily basis. Don’t let “what are we having for dinner” become that nagging question at the end of a long day! Use these tips and tricks to get healthy meal options onto your table in no time.

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Before you prep, plan a day for shopping.
Include a trip to your local farmers market for the freshest veggies and herbs to add maximum flavor to your recipes.

Plan And Prep Ahead Of Time

Make your menus a week in advance and include days for leftovers or eating out. Include a protein, a vegetable and a carb in each meal. Wash and chop your vegetables ahead of time for a quick snack or easy addition to any meal.

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Theme nights make meals easy to plan and fun.
Breakfast for dinner or taco night are sure to be crowd favorites.

Think Big: Cook In Large Batches

Large batch cooking saves time!
Grill or bake chicken breasts in advance for protein at the ready.
Roasting large batches of veggies on baking sheets in the oven is simple and healthy.
Try new recipes like this tasty One Pot Chili Recipe or this easy One Sheet Salmon Recipe.

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Buy Bento Box style containers and freezer bags to store all of your prepped meals and leftovers easily.

Dinner Short Cuts

Turn your leftovers into new meals; put last night’s roast into a pot pie or that turkey breast into a casserole.
Pick up a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken and just add sides to complete your meal.
With a WiFi connected range or wall oven you can preheat from your phone so you can begin cooking right when you get home.

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Don’t forget about the sauce!
Freeze leftover sauce in ice cube trays to add to your next meal.

Quick And Easy Clean Up

Clean as you go and empty the dishwasher before you start to make reloading it easier.
Have a trash bowl within reach for those egg shells or vegetable peelings to add to the compost pile later.
Wipe up spills immediately and cover your baking sheets in tin foil so you don’t have to waste time scrubbing.
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Meal Prep Ideas & Tips For The Week

Between getting ready for work, kids off to school, extracurricular school activities and completing homework, you have enough to think about on a daily basis. Don’t let “what are we having for dinner” become the nagging question at the end of a long day! Use these meal prep ideas and tips to get healthy meal options onto your table in no time.

These meal prep ideas will make meal prep for the week easy if you have the right cooking appliances of course! Explore Sears Hometown Stores for great deals on microwaves, cooktops, warmers drawers and more!