But actually, choose one or two. Do not try to do all at once.
I just put the 15 ways in the title because it’s more clickable. This is the world we live in. You can read this blog post, or watch this video about why it’s so important to start small
- Figure out one meal you can easily make at home, that you like. Start making it once a week on a day that you have time
- If right now you cook and eat at home 1 day per week, try to add 1 additional day
- Categorize your days to cut down on decisions – Taco Tuesday or Pizza Friday or Meatless Monday
- Make a Brainless Crowd Pleasers List
- Make an “emergency meal” list – this is like brainless crowd pleasers, but eaaaaassy (e.g. hot dogs and mac and cheese, PBJ, scrambled eggs and toast, Chicken Caesar salad from a bag), something you can cook at home when you don’t have time or energy. It’s ok if most of your meals are like this. They don’t have to be fancy.
- Consider using a snacky meal on a day when you just can’t even
- Have a different family member plan or prepare on different days of the week (Age-appropriately of course – your toddler cannot make dinner by themselves). This can be a great way to get kids involved and more excited about food.
- Don’t plan to make involved or new recipes on days you know you will be busy! (These are great days for an “emergency meal”. Or for going out, if that fits with your goals)
- Pick one new recipe to try per month
- Use convenience items if you can afford it and they are available. What parts of cooking at home do you hate? Can buy a product to eliminate that? I hate washing lettuce – I’m much more likely to eat salad if I have pre-washed greens. We eat a ton of frozen veggies. Hate cooking raw meat? Buy it frozen and pre-cooked, or choose meals that don’t involve meat
- Don’t mind leftovers? Making a big pot of soup or chili to eat throughout the week works well
- Do mind leftovers? Freeze any leftovers for a few weeks from now (this doesn’t work for things like salad obviously)
- Don’t get stuck on needing to cook at dinner – maybe cooking lunch or breakfast is a better fit for you
- Do half and half – do a takeout entree and homemade salad or veggie. Or reverse – make some baked fish and get some fries from MacDonalds.
- Use a meal service or let me get you started with a meal plan toolkit!