Meal Planning 101
In a pinch, frozen ravioli and a jar of pasta sauce are all you really need to get dinner on the table fast. But there's a whole lot more you can do with frozen ravioli, even on the busiest weeknights. This easy dinner formula combines premade ravioli with super-simple ingredients to help you get a healthy meal on the table in no time.
Dive in and start hitting your weight-loss goals today with help from these easy-to-follow meal-prep plans for weight loss. Featuring delicious recipes and helpful meal-prep tips, you're set up for weight-loss success. These meal plans cover a whole range of diets, lifestyle and calorie levels, including plans for general healthy weight loss, vegan meal plans to lose weight, diabetes weight-loss meal plans and so much more. Follow the helpful meal-prep steps at the beginning of each week to prep your meals ahead of time, so they're all ready to go for the busy week (or weeks) ahead.
It's no surprise that making a healthy dinner is a whole lot easier when you have a plan in place. Taking the time over the weekend to take inventory of what you already have on hand, write out a menu and grocery shop can make dinnertime much easier. But the reality is, things don't always go as planned and some nights you're left standing in your kitchen at 5 o'clock scratching your head trying to figure out what to make. It's nights like these when you can rely on pantry staples to make healthy, affordable and fast dinners at home.
The secret to healthy eating isn't really a secret. Planning and preparing meals at home is the easiest way to eat a nutritious diet, and research suggests that people who meal-prep at home are more likely to have a healthier diet and less likely to be overweight or obese. Still, knowing that it's healthier to cook at home and actually doing it are two different things—and most people get tripped up by the planning and shopping involved.
Tomato paste is an essential pantry staple to have on hand for whipping up delicious, deeply flavored meals—it can transform a ho-hum recipe, like a soup or sauce, into something really special. A little bit goes a long way, though, which is why you'll most often find tomato paste in small 6-ounce cans. With most recipes only calling for a tablespoon or two of tomato paste, even if you buy the tiniest can, you'll still have so much left over.
If you think you can't eat healthy when you're short on time, meal prepping a week of vegan lunches can help! Meal prepping is budget-friendly, helps you stick to your diet and saves time during the busy week.
We took our family of four out to dinner and ice cream on a recent Friday night. Two adult entrees, two kids' entrees, gratuity and a round of ice cream cones later, we had effortlessly racked up an $80 dinner bill.