I Suck at Dinners

I really do.  Breakfast I’m pretty good at making healthy choices and my lunches switch between salads and crudité with dip and a side of 3-4 ounces of  lean protein.  But dinners…oh goodness…they are my weakness.

I really don’t know how people start doing meal planning because I feel lost.  I want to have fun dinners and stuff that are quick…but if they are quick, they are not yummy or fun.  Bah.

I have been reading cook books like crazy these past few weeks, too…and I feel even more overwhelmed with all of the choices and ingredients and it also makes me realize what little cooking skills I have. lol

To add a bit of a twist, I get home much later than I used to at this job.  By the time I get home, I have even less patience to to cook and I normally start munching whatever is nearby (and of course, that always seems to be ice cream) until whatever crappy dinner is made. By the time said dinner is made, I have to eat quick because i need things to settle in my stomach before going for a run.

This weekend, however, I’m going to knuckle down and FINALLY do some proper meal planning.  My goal is to cook twice a week: Sunday and Tuesday or Wednesday and maybe a make ahead pizza or pasta as an easy, fun, post work dinner on Friday. I’m hoping to also find a yummy post work snack that isn’t crudité or fruit to munch on while I am prepping dinner.

Any suggestions?  Thoughts?  Advice?  Recipes to share?  Let me know in the comments!

~Princess Lisa

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12 thoughts on “I Suck at Dinners

  1. I found a bunch of super quick, fancied up yogurt dinner recipes on Women’s Health last month. It sounds ridiculous, but it was filling. There were all different kinds. I made one from the smaller tub of Noosa Greek yogurt, 2 sliced figs, a few ounces of prosciutto, cracked pepper and balsamic vinegar. super easy. pasta is always quick as well.

  2. A thought – have you considered running and then coming back for food? I usually work out then eat. But I get that means dinner is even later.

    Small things you can do – have hummus and veggies to snack on while prepping.

    Lately I’ve been obsessed with tacos with corn tortillas. But you can use whatever wraps. For that, the awesome thing I found is that you can prep all the stuff that goes into the taco way ahead of time. Tomatoes, salsa, guac, black beans, rice, etc etc. And then you just assemble and eat. For the corn tortillas, just remember to heat them up on a pan to get them a little crisp before you eat them. I prefer them that way.

    Those are my ideas. Also as long as you’re ok with leftovers, I would just make a vat of stuff in a slow cooker to last the week for work or dinner at home. If you have a slow cooker too, maybe start it before you go to work and by the time you’re home…it’s done! Pinterest has tons of easy throw ingredients in the pot type of recipes too.

    Good luck!

    • I do have a slow cooker…and I like tacos. lol

      I have just never enjoyed working out right after work–my gym is insane around that time and it just stresses me out…but I think that might have to be the new way of doing things. Though now that the smoke from the forest fires is gone, I can always go outside for a quick 45 and then come back and start cooking….until the snow and ice come. 😉

  3. I like to make things I can freeze half of it and eat the rest during the week, that way I get a stockpile of things I like that I can change up what I eat for dinner without having to make new stuff. Currently in the freezer: tomato sauce, risotto, potato knishes, zucchini corn fritters, and roasted veggies. I make something for the week and by Wednesday I’m already sick of it.

  4. Frozen grilled chicken is my new best friend. I just cook up some brown rice and whatever veggies I’ve got, and combine with the chicken strips and salsa for a super easy and relatively healthy dinner. That’s what I’ll be eating all week while Ben is away.

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