healthy eating

Cook for a day, eat for a month

It can be tough to get a healthy, well-balanced meal on the table every night.  We all have busy lives, and too often that gets in the way of us eating right.

That’s why my family is trying this for the month.  I’ll freely admit it- I love Rachael Ray.  I don’t watch her show or anything, but I’ve tried out several of her 30-minute meals and they always turn out well.  The idea behind cooking for a day and eating for a month is this:  you make large quantities of five “building block recipes”- in this case, tomato sauce, pulled chicken, pulled pork, roasted veggies, and rice pilaf.  You use these starters in various combinations in all the recipes, with some additions.  Pretty cool concept.

We cooked the starters this past weekend- it was not particularly difficult or time consuming- and froze everything.  So far, we’ve made two meals from the starters, spanish rice with shrimp and fusilli pasta with chicken.  Both just took a few minutes of prep and cooking time.  They were pretty tasty, too.  Plus, there have been leftovers for lunch the next day.

I have to say, there’s a lot to be said for not having to think about meal planning for the rest of the month.  If you’re pressed for time and trying to feed your family a healthy dinner, I encourage you to check this out!

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