Melissa Kaylene: Why You Should Plan Your Dinner in Advance

Monday, February 3, 2014

Why You Should Plan Your Dinner in Advance

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I can’t believe that this is my last Great Starts article already! Today I wanted to talk a little bit about beyond breakfast, and how Great Starts can be continued throughout the day.

I believe that a great day starts with a nutritious breakfast and ends with a healthy dinner, but as many of us with families and a full schedule know, sometimes it’s hard to maintain good eating in the evening when your being pulled in every direction. What I've learned is that it’s imperative to have a plan. Weeks when I sit down and schedule the meals and make a meal plan go so much smoother than others when I’m scrambling at five o’clock trying to figure out what to make – wondering if we can just grab something real quick instead.

When I sit down to make my meal plan I only need three things, a paper, a pen, and a cook book for inspiration. I try to make meals fairly simple during the week, and when I’m really organized I’ll even spend an afternoon cooking up meals that I can freeze and then take out for evenings when we have activities.
Since we keep it simple Monday-Friday, I’ll usually plan to have a protein, a grain/carbohydrate, and a vegetable. Some easy ideas might be:

·         Grilled steak, baked potatoes, and roasted carrots
·         Meatloaf, baked butternut squash, and a green salad
·         Chicken breast, rice pilaf, and green beans

For me, the key to meals is keeping it simple by having three items and making sure there are a variety of colors in each meal. Being prepared saves us not only a lot of money, but also excess calories and unneeded ingredients that I don’t want us to be eating every day.

Here’s a simple recipe for a meal that will have your family asking for seconds, and it’s really quick to make!

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Parmesan Chicken Fingers with a Corn Flake crust


4 cups of crushed cornflakes
2 pounds of skinless chicken breasts (approximately 4 breasts) sliced into 1 ½ inch strips.
1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons of finely sliced green onions
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper


1.       Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.       Pour crushed Corn Flakes into large storage bag and add cheese, onions, salt, and pepper.  Shake well.
3.       Crack eggs into large bowl and beat until well blended.
4.       Add chicken strips to bowl making sure each strip is completely coated.
5.      Take a couple strips at a time and placed into Corn Flake mixture. Shake well until coated, then  place         chicken on a greased cookie sheet.
6.       When all of the chicken is coated, place cookie sheet in oven for 20 minutes.

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  1. These look great! Ill have to try them next time we do chicken!
    Ps.. found ya from the DIY Dreamer link up :)

  2. Those look delish! I am trying to get it together in the food department and plan better!

  3. This sounds like a great recipe!! Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday!
    ~ Betsy @ Romance on a dime

  4. Yum! I'd love it if you'd share this at my link party, going on now!

  5. YUM!! I love this recipe! Thank you for sharing it!

    ~ Vashti

  6. This looks so good! I am so happy you shared with us at the Four Seasons Blog Hop. I am pinning the recipe for future reference.

  7. What a great recipe!

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  8. Meal planning definitely goes a long way and helps us to stay on track with eating well. You definitely make a great point there. I love the combinations you came up with in your planning that you mentioned. Thanks for sharing this one with us at Countdown in Style too

  9. I love this recipe! Sounds super good! :)

  10. Ooooh - My kids would go crazy for these!!