Nutrition

How I make homemade, healthy meals without being in the kitchen

Make Healthy Meals Without Being in the Kitchen Flank Steak Fajitas

Make healthy meals without being in the kitchen??

Sounds impossible, right?

I used to think so too…

Until I developed a system that keeps working over and over again.

You see…my family’s nutrition desperately needed to be turned around.

And as the mom, I saw it as my responsibility.

Maybe you can relate.

My struggle in preparing a healthy homemade meal was that I was needed – everywhere else – at meal prep time.

So I set about smoothing the path for myself…
to create healthy homemade meals –
without having to be in the kitchen.

And I’ve spent the last 5 years or so toning it up.

There are five steps.  Here’s what I do:

1. Shopping
Look at the recipe.

Double the ingredients (so you can make two meals while you’re making one).

Add at least one easily blend-able vegetable (so you can add vitamins and minerals the mom-ninja way.)

Please note:  This is not instead of fresh vegetables on the side but rather in addition to…

Now go shopping.

2. Chopping
Wash all produce really well.

(You saw that news story about the incapacitating bacterial infection from the dirty produce, right?  Yikes!  Scares me to death.  Wash it well.)

Rough chop all the produce – dividing it in half as you go.  Placing one half in the blender and the other half in a bowl (or just a pile) to wait their turn.

3. Blending

Blend:
The liquids,
The seasonings, and
The easily-blendable vegetables…until smooth.

For example, carrots don’t work so well to blend…

and because I’m going to freeze – at least one – of these meals,

I shred the carrots and add them after blending.

Okay, actually I buy them shredded because it saves me a little time.  (I use carrots in some of my soups and stews, like my Taco Soup and my Stew recipes.  Not the Flank Steak Fajitas pictured here.)

4. Bagging

Label your gallon size freezer Ziploc bag with two things:
1) The name of the meal, and

2) What – if anything – you need to add the day of cooking (with the size of my family, I don’t put the meat in the bag so I always write it on the bag…or maybe I don’t have one of the ingredients the day I blended – so I write it on the bag, etc.)

5. Crocking

HI 4-6 (especially if it’s right out of the freezer)
LO 8-10

Mealtime is pivotal to bedtime…

Which is pivotal to how tomorrow goes wouldn’t you say?

(and the whole dynamics of the family for that matter…)

As the mom, you are the key.  

So much rides on your shoulders.  

You’re amazing.

So those are the five basic steps:
Shopping-Chopping-Blending-Bagging-Crocking

What’s your favorite way to easily make a healthy meal for your family?

Are you totally organized?

What’s your biggest struggle?

I’d love to hear your input.

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Talk soon,

Lei Ann