The Busy Parent's Guide to Meal Prep
Schools out for summer! Which means less time for parents to grocery shop, cook, and clean. Luckily for you, we have a few tips, tricks, & recommendations to help you stay on top of meal time with delicious food your kiddos will actually eat!
Get the Whole Family Involved
Involve your children in meal planning and preparation. Encourage them to suggest their favorite summer dishes or help with tasks like washing vegetables, assembling ingredients, or setting the table. It not only lightens your workload but also fosters a sense of responsibility and connection with food. Additionally, consider organizing a weekly "build-your-own" meal night where everyone can customize their plates with a variety of toppings and ingredients.
Keep It Simple
Experimenting with ingredients and meal ideas is a lofty goal but not always the best fit for nightly dinner after a busy summer day. Carve out time to create one new meal a week or once a month and rely on old favorites with a twist during the in-between times. For example, instead of the usual BBQ chicken or steak, play around with different marinades and flavors — try chimichurri or teriyaki.
Another option is to simplify dinner during the week when work and activities take over your schedule. Save weekend time for more complex dinners where everyone can relax while they eat.
Leverage A Healthy Meal Prep Service
Meal prep delivery isn't always healthy, but the right service can help incorporate more nutrition into your diet while simplifying your life. Our team of chefs use fresh, local products to create delicious healthy prepared meals the whole family will love! And it doesn't have to be a huge commitment — you can order enough food for one family meal per week, maybe you have dinners covered and just want to order a few lunches — your delivery can be 100% personalized to fit your needs. Check out this "Ordering Chart" to figure out the perfect number of meals for your family.
Here are a few of our recommendations for meals the whole family will love:
- July Chef Special: Sausage Calzone
- Signature Granola - just add your favorite seasonal fruit!
- Signature Farm to Fit Impossible Burger - they'll never know how many veggies are in there!