Cook taking ready chicken from the oven

 

“What’s for dinner?” It’s everyone’s favorite question on a Monday evening.

 

Planning your meals ahead of time can help make weeknights run more smoothly. Follow these four tips to make all your weeknight meals a breeze.

 

Plan Ahead

Avoid last-minute trips to the grocery store and stick to a schedule by planning your meals in advance. Consider making one night a week a “clean out the fridge” night, and do your best to eat any leftovers or use items that are nearing the end of their shelf life.

 

Use Your Leftovers

If you don’t want to eat your leftovers exactly as they are, do your best to repurpose them into new dishes. Yesterday’s roasted chicken can be tomorrow’s chicken tortilla soup. Leftover sautéed vegetables become a breakfast frittata. That stale bread will make perfect breadcrumbs.

 

Prep Ingredients

If assembling or heating up a meal is all you have time for, consider preparing in advance. In fact, some recipes taste better the second day! Freeze leftover soups, stews and sauces to take out and defrost at a later date. If your goal is to stay away from the freezer, then simply chop or marinate everything the night before or in the morning, and you’re already on your way to a faster meal.

 

Get Your Groceries Delivered

Don’t have time to get groceries? Check with your local grocer to see if they offer a delivery service. Or choose another delivery service like Instacart or Amazon Fresh.

 

Happy weeknight meal planning!

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