If your family is anything like mine, it’s getting busy after school again. After a few slower weeks, sports and theater has started up again, making our afternoons busy. Planning meals is essential, so that we don’t end up eating in the car and/or stopping for fast food daily. Even with a busy schedule, you can still plan healthy family meals on the go. Here are some of things that work for us. This post contains affiliate links and we may receive a commission if you purchase through this site.
Get the Tools
Even if you don’t already have an Instant Pot, you’ve probably already heard a lot about them. The Instant Pot has become insanely popular – with good reason. It’s a quick and easy way to make healthy meals. I’ve made ribs, whole chickens, port shoulder, and more in less than an hour from start to finish. The nice thing about an Instant Pot is that you don’t need to set things up in the morning – you can start in the afternoon and still have a complete meal.
Another great option – and one I use often – is a slow cooker (the brand Crock Pot is the most popular). As the name indicates, it does cook slowly, which means you’ll need to set it up early. Slow cookers are great for stews and large cuts of meat. You can buy an Instant Pot and/or a Crock Pot on Amazon.com.
Consider Box and Food Meal Delivery
Although we do a regular shopping trip once a week (with several small trips throughout the week), we also regularly get food delivered. Here in Massachusetts, we have Walden Local Meat, which delivers healthy, local meat monthly. They also bring grass fed butter, eggs, spices, bone broth, and more. It’s a great option, because we always have a freezer full of local meats, and it’s so convenient. We’ve been ordering from them for about a year and half, and have loved everything.
Another great option is a food box delivery service, like SunBasket (use our affiliate link for 3 free meals), and Blue Apron. Although these meals can take a while to prepare, the food is delicious. It’s also a great way to try out new recipes. I tend to prepare these meals on days when we have a break from activities – as something different.
Do Meal Planning
Meal planning is essential to making healthy family meals quickly. I recommend doing it over the weekend, so that you can plan one big grocery trip and get everything you need. Look at your family’s schedule at the same time, to make sure that you know when you need to plan quick healthy meals, rather than meals that take longer to prepare.
We have a meal planning printable here (with some more meal planning tips).
Prep Meals in Advance
Depending on your personal schedule, prepping meals can be a great idea. This includes everything from doing basic prep (cutting, cleaning) over the weekend, to cooking certain parts of your meals in advance. For instance, sometimes we’ll cook chicken for salads or sausage for pasta over the weekends, when we have more time. That makes it much easier to assemble a meal quickly. This book all about meal prep has some great reviews on Amazon.
Find Local, Healthy Dining Out Options
Let’s face it, you will definitely be eating out at times. It’s a good idea to have a few great healthy options available to you, so that you can skip the unhealthy spots. We have a handful of quick serve restaurants in our area that are go tos for quick dinners on the go.
How do you plan healthy family meals?