Embrace one-pot meals
Stripped Pixel/Shutterstock One of Phillips’ foolproof pro tips is to fill containers with all the ingredients for a one-pot meal. All you have to do is dump it all in a pot after work and dinner is served! If faro is your grain of the week, scoop a layer into the bottom of a container. Perhaps you seared off a bunch of turkey or chicken sausage for your protein (try Diestel turkey sausage or chorizo)—throw that on top next. Add a layer of raw vegetables that cook quickly, like spinach or shaved fennel, and top it off with your favorite grated cheese. The next night, transfer it to a pot and cook it in a bit of chicken stock until it’s steaming. Then, enjoy!
Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock It’s OK to cut corners when you’re juggling a busy job and a family. If you only had time to prep your grains and veggies between weekend soccer practice and grocery shopping, stock up on proteins you can freeze and cook quickly. Veggie burgers are a healthful option that are rich in protein and fiber and cook fast. Trick your kids into thinking they’re eating beef by trying Beyond Meat, a one-of-a-kind plant-based patty that looks and tastes similar to a regular burger, thanks to a proprietary system that turns plant proteins into the fibrous structure you find in animal protein. For a fun twist, eat it between pretzel buns by Pretzilla. It’s also a good idea to consider pre-cooked chicken, like Johnsonville’s new flame-grilled line. Use it in a salad for lunch, then between slices of bread (for the carb-conscious, try Nature’s Own’s new Life line of low-calorie bread that’s as little as 40 calories per slice!) with stackable veggies for a quick dinner.
Turn it into a party
Cabeca de Marmore/Shutterstock “Meal prep is helpful but it can get boring. If you’re single or childless, invite friends over and have everyone prepare a recipe. Then each take one portion of each dish,” says Moore. “You’ll have something totally different to eat every day.”