It’s back to school season and I know that for many parents, you’re hoping that this year is the year you really get a handle on your family’s eating habits.
It’s just like New Year’s, isn’t it? We start off with the best of intentions but by February (or October) it’s back to the same old, same old.
To stay on track, I find that a slightly different approach works for each family but the bottom line is that you have to have SOME approach if you really want to make it work. And that approach will likely involve both meal planning and meal prep.
And yeah, there’s a difference! You can plan out your family’s meals all you want, but without prepping some of that food you plan to eat in advance, you still might throw up your hands in a fit of time-crunched desperation come dinnertime and head for the nearest takeout menu…
Fellow dietitian and mom Toby Amidor hopes to help families eat well and stay sane with her new book The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook: Easy and Wholesome Meals to Cook, Prep, Grab, and Go. I’ve checked out a review copy and I have to say, this book is really packed with a ton of information, tips and delicious healthy recipes. And I love her approach of “simple meals first, variety second” because it’s exactly in line with my cooking and eating philosophy. Not every meal has to be mind-blowing, it just needs to be nourishing and relatively tasty!
Toby shared her recipe for Coconut Lime Flounder in Parchment Paper with me and I was so excited to check it out! I’ve been eating a lot more coconut since going dairy free and the tropical flavors of this dish feel like a way to extend summer just a *little* bit longer. But perhaps even better, it’s a family-friendly recipe because flounder (and cod) are mild without too much of that “fishy” flavor, so they tend to appeal more to kids.
So if you’re feeling like your family’s meals could use a little more direction this September, check out the recipe below and head over to Amazon to check out The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook!
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