Not sure where this should go, so I’m putting it here. I like my junk food as much as the next person, but I also know I can’t eat that more than 2-3 times a month.
My standard move is to have us make a large dinner and pack portions of it for lunch the next day. A significant amount of time is spent in planning out the menu for the week, and doing the cooking. In our household we take turns cooking based on who’s home first. I’ve found that there are two basic issues with this plan:
Flavorful, robust meals tend to take a long time and have a large number of steps. I like to eat fresh fruits and veggies at every meal, so we’re talking about side dishes that complement a main dish, or large amounts of chop/prep. Great example, last night I roasted eggplant and made a sauce for the eggplant, this side dish took 40+ minutes to make. Sure it cooked while I made the main dish but that’s still a minimum 1hr meal from start to finish. We already add a fresh salad with veggies to each dinner.
Fast, easy to prep meals tend to be very boring. There are exceptions of course but repetition kills those quickly. And even if they’re quick if I add a side dish like roasted beets or the above eggplant I’m looking at a bunch of wait time while those items cook.
I’ve done the food delivery services, I really don’t care for them. They tend to lean more towards #2 above, with flavorful, but easy quick meals, nothing special really. And I live <5mi from 10+ Grocery chains, so getting good food isn’t an issue for me.
So I guess I’m looking for sharing good recipe sources, good ideas for saving time in the kitchen. I’ve been told prepping everything in one day is a good way to save time, but I feel like that only wastes a weekend when there’s always down time during cooking and chopping items only to put them back in the fridge means more dishes to do.