Meal planning and preparation is something that will make your life so much easier – it does take work, but once done, getting a healthy, delicious dinner on the table becomes so simple. It is also crucial for anyone trying to get healthy and/or lose weight. If your meals are carefully planned and executed, you are less likely to veer away from the plan.
My youngest is 8 months, and I am probably going back to work in May. Managing meals when I’m home with the kids all day – hard. The idea of having to do it while working all day –scary. I’ve started putting together recipes that can be frozen and easily prepared. One of my first contributions to 100 Things to Do was “Southwest Chicken” marinade. Since then, I have a few more, and I must say, they are pretty fabulous! This week, chicken was on sale at Loblaw’s so I bought a ton, and made up 3 different kinds of marinade.
1. Teriyaki Marinade – this I use for chicken or sirloin steak pieces
2. Balsamic Marinade – chicken
3. Stir Fry Marinade – chicken (this could also be good on skewers and grilled)
Having these stacked in the freezer gives you variety, and something quick to rely on when you need it! For all of them, simply add chicken (or steak, for the teriyaki), put in a freezer bag, remove all air, freeze flat on a baking sheet, then stack. Make sure you label the bag with what is in there and the date.
Currently in my freezer I have a big lasagna (for last minute guests), a bunch of individual shepherd’s pies, turkey spaghetti sauce, cookie dough that has been portioned out so I can bake a dozen fresh chocolate chip cookies on a moment’s notice, homemade baby food, and a whole stack of these!
For Steak or Chicken
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
- 4 chicken breasts, sliced into stir fry strips
- 2 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 cm piece ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp Tamari (or soya sauce)
- 1 lemongrass stalk, bruised
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
So easy, healthy, money-saving and delicious!