How To Have Healthy Recipes For Dinner A Lot During Your Crazy Week

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One thing that we have in common as women is that we wish that we could put healthy recipes for dinner on the table more often.  Amen?  As a busy wife, Mom, and travel writer, I have drifted far away from the way I should fuel myself and my family.  Anyone else in the room? I’m sharing 5 tips to get those easy healthy recipes back on the table!  This is to give myself (and my friends who need it) a quick kick in the bum.

5 Hacks for getting healthy recipes for dinner on the table a lot more often in the midst of our crazy (strawberry yogurt)

Healthy Recipes for Dinner Tips

Every Mom wants to feed her family healthy recipes for dinner every night of the week.  But let’s be real, that’s close to impossible to pull off with today’s busy families.

A big help to get moving in the direction of less take-out food and less stress is to look toward the coming week.  What do I mean?  Each weekend, figure out how many nights your family can share a home-cooked meal.  Now that you know how many nights that healthy recipes for dinner can be made, let’s look at the five tips that can move you closer to this reality.

Have fun Grocery Shopping

You can’t make healthy recipes for dinner without great ingredients, right?  So head to the grocery store to stock up on several items in each of the categories I’ll talk about below.  The amount depends on how many days in the coming week you will be cooking dinner and how many you are feeding.  A great rule of thumb is to buy fresh or frozen whenever possible instead of packaged or pre-made.

Think about Food Categories

When planning for the coming week, I’ll have a simple list in my mind.  I know that I need several items from the meat, produce, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and condiments sections of the store (always shop your pantry before grocery shopping).

Be a Little Preppy

No, I’m not talking about your clothes (to each his own).  I mean to set aside a little time each week to prep a few foods for the coming week.  Wash and chop veggies.  Know how to boil eggs and make a few as toppings for salads.  Grill or cook as much meat ahead of the coming week so that you’ll have the most time-consuming ingredient for healthy recipes for dinner ready to go.

Cooking a big batch of rice or quinoa works well for us to add to several meals during the week also.  My saving grace is my crockpot and slow cooker that I use relentlessly.  I have my eye on a new one that will hold more food at once and this is my pick…..

my next crockpot

Keep it Simple, Silly

Us girls tend to make this idea of healthy recipes for dinner pretty complicated.  We think that good meals have to consist of lots of complicated ingredients.  Not true!  I agree that casseroles and fancy dishes are great now and then, but some of the best meals are grilled meats alongside a few vegetables on top of tasty rice. For the busiest of weeknights, consider a baked potato bar, crockpot chicken or slow cooker soups.

Easy Peasy!

Cheat When You Need To

All I mean is that it is OK to buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store while you are there so you can put together a meal.  It’s also OK to buy a loaf of bread and make grilled cheese or PB & J sandwiches now and then.  Stop beating yourself up with your own comparison trap.

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I hope this was as helpful to you as I pray it is for me as I get back on track with healthy recipes for dinner. That’s my goal is to take baby steps back to better living. To overhaul just our family dinners and then improve the rest of our days!

Join me in by getting healthy recipes for dinner on the table a lot more during our busy weeks?!  We can do it together.  Let me hear from you in the comments if you are on board!


5 Hacks for getting healthy recipes for dinner on the table a lot more often in the midst of our crazy (yummy salad!)


Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, and more, Shan is a Family Travel Journalist with a passion for helping women lose the overwhelm of planning family-friendly trips in the south. She shares travel reviews & insider secrets that Women REALLY want to know about Georgia, Florida, & the Carolinas vacations.

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  1. A Joyful Chaos
    August 20, 2014 / 7:58 pm

    Great tips! We are trying to eat healthier.

  2. Karen W
    June 4, 2015 / 10:30 am

    We are trying to eat healthier, so I really appreciated these great tips.
    Thanks for sharing on Throwback Thursday Blog-Style. So glad you could join in. This week’s link up is live. I hope you can join in again. Have a great day.

    • Shan
      June 11, 2015 / 6:46 am

      Thank you so much Karen! I know any small tidbits to move toward healthier eating are a reward.


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  4. Sabrina
    April 11, 2018 / 8:15 am

    Great tips! I’m one of those needing a swift kick in he pants! 😉

    • Shan
      April 11, 2018 / 9:44 am

      Glad we aren’t alone, right? I hear ya – I’ve been off the wagon for WAY too long. Gotta saddle back up and get back to business. haha 😉


  5. Sandy
    April 13, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    I struggle with dinner prep especially as I am a work during the day. this is great advice because it’s so easy to make unhealthy choices for convenience. Thanks for sharing this

    • Shan
      April 13, 2018 / 11:06 pm

      I hear ya, Sandy. It’s all mindset – and I’m either with my mind set on it or not! 🙂


  6. Jimmy R.
    April 29, 2019 / 7:53 am

    Great article ill add this on my keto meal diet thanks for sharing.

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