How to Eat Right Every Night With Stress-Free Cooking


The last thing we feel like doing at the end of the day is to create a meal that takes a whole lot of thinking. Especially, every day of the week. But, stress-free cooking can help you naturally feel better, if it allows you to unwind and you get to enjoy a healthy meal at the end of the day. Here are two options that might help.

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Because of our busy lifestyles, we mostly look for convenience and instant gratification. This applies to what we eat as well as what we do. Often, we don’t eat right as a result.

We all want to save on stress, and forget the worry of “what shall we eat tonight, hun!”

It helps to have the best healthy cookware but easing the burden of creating a healthy meal each night goes beyond that. The following may help.

Option 1: Five Steps to Stress-Free Cooking

#1. Have a weekly meal planner

Ready-made meal plans are available online,  in magazines, and in apps. Some you pay for, like these, and some have free plans, like here. They have everything sorted but the physical food itself, mostly.

Some are a template for you to work on. You can download my weekly food planner here (a template).

Believe me, spending time and effort here will bring enormous savings and worth every bit of taking the time out to do this. 

It will be so much easier come time for cooking dinner at the end of your working day.

You won’t be opting for fast foods, and THINK there will be dollar savings and health benefits for you and your family.

Download my weekly food planner here

#3. Compile the shopping list

Use your meal plan and check what needs replacing in your pantry/refrigerator. You can download my free list for weekly planning of meals and the shop.

Tip: Before you go shopping do a check of what you already have stored. It will save you dollars and avoid food waste, as well.

#4. Buy local, seasonal produce

This is better for your health as these food-stuffs are likely to have fewer preservatives and higher content of nutrients than those shipped in from elsewhere, especially from overseas.

Tip: Visit fruit/vegetable markets and stalls, local butchers, and fish markets to buy locally to support your community also.

#5. Always check best-by or use-by dates

When you shop make sure to check the best-by dates of products and plan meals accordingly. This will make sure you get the most value in nutrition from your purchases

Tip: Consuming what you buy within use-by dates avoids food waste as well as the hit on your wallet.

Option 2: The One Step to Stress-Free Cooking

#6. Get recipes and ingredients sent directly to your door

You can get delivery of meals for the week (or just a couple of nights a week) in a complete kit of recipes and ingredients.

This certainly beats the “what should I get for dinner?”

Apart from eating out at a healthy food venue, this is an ultimate for busy people.

The weekly dinner menu can be varied according to your needs. Most services have a weekly dinner planner.

Shopping can be made easy with home delivery, like with AmazonFresh, available in the US, for unlimited grocery delivery at a monthly rate (See it here).

Amazon has even branched out into Fresh Meal Kits, available in the US yet to go wide, showing the popularity and increasing trend in meal planning services. There is a selection currently available and reasonably priced (see it here)

In Australia, you have Marley Spoon who is an example of services offering healthy recipe and meal box delivery that include seasonal recipes and ingredients.

More meal planning tips

#7. Use meal leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch

Best to store leftovers in BPA-free containers. You can shop for these at LifeWithoutPlastic. In Australia, try Biome and Shop Naturally.

#8. Freeze leftovers for future for when you don’t feel in the mood for cooking

Make sure your freezer containers are BPA-free. You can shop for these at LifeWithoutPlastic. In Australia, try Biome and Shop Naturally.

#9. Grow your own herbs, fruits, and vegetables for the convenience of fresh produce at hand.

You can have chemically free produce if you choose to garden this way. Good no-fuss examples that I have growing include lemons, tomatoes, pumpkins, parsley, basil, and rosemary.


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