Dinner is the most important family time we have every day, but often we go into it harried and exhausted, hectically getting food on the table with no energy left.

In this 38-minute workshop, Allison Schaaf and Mystie Winckler give several suggestions for simple changes to make to your meal routines to eliminate decision fatigue and last-minute “what’s for dinner” struggles.

What is meal prepping?

Meal prepping is planning and getting a start on your cooking ahead of time. This form of batching not only saves time by dirtying knives and cutting boards once instead of five times, it also saves time by eliminating the need to think through what needs to be done before each meal.

When the plan is not only made, but half started already, finishing the cooking process is simple and fast and doesn’t require mental energy or even much attention.

Three steps to easy dinners: Shop, Prep, Dish

Prep Dish uses a simple three step process to make dinner simple and easy.

First, you get a shopping list that is clear, organized, and healthy. You don’t have to spend time creating the menu plan and shopping list and you also don’t buy food you won’t use. The list is set up to make grocery shopping a breeze.

Second, you set aside an hour once a week to work through the streamlined prep steps so the meals are half-done before it’s even time to start dinner each day.

Finally, the dish day is the dinner time list. By following the step-by-step instructions with the already-prepped food, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel at 5pm each day. With little energy, you can get a home-cooked, healthy meal on the table for your family.

Watch the rest of the video for more helpful tips and suggestions so that dinner time is not a time you dread. Let’s look forward to dinner as a rejuvenating family ritual again.

Download the free menu planning templates – including a master pantry list – that will help you get every meal on the table with less fuss.

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