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How to Prepare Healthy Meals on a Busy Schedule

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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As a business owner, chances are pretty good that your days are filled to the brim with more than enough tasks that need to get done. You’re busy, and no matter how good you are at setting goals, prioritizing and scheduling your time, spending time in the kitchen still takes precious time away from other activities.

Getting your family fed, especially with healthy meals, can be a huge challenge when you’re super busy. I’ve got four kids, with four totally different schedules and tastes in food. Yet everyone still needs nutritious food that fuels their growing bodies. And it is critical for keeping me going when I’ve got a thousand things going on.

Healthy MealsI will confess that in the past I’ve done nearly everything possible to avoid the kitchen, including months of stints that involved eating out 5 or 6 days in a row, and eating fast food at least half of those. Needless to say, those times were rough on both my pocketbook and my waistline. They weren’t too good for the rest of my health or my family’s health either.  

Lately I’ve decided to get the weight back under control, as well as the food budget, and I am introducing a ton of meals that are quick to prepare, yet healthy and tasty as well. It’s no good if I cook and nobody will eat it. So, with a focus on easy to prepare whole foods, I’ve started utilizing marinades, baking, parchment cooking, and the crockpot heavily in my cooking.

My go-to dinners have now become pancakes topped with lots of fruit, omelettes with a ton of fresh veggies and cheese, grilled or roasted chicken, fish or shrimp with a salad, and things like chicken pot pie that come out of the crockpot easily. My current favorites in the crockpot include a lasagna, chicken pot pie and pot roast. They have to be nutritious and tasty to be accepted by the kids and husband.  

What I’m learning is that with a little bit of planning, proper meal preparation can be done just as quickly as running to the drive-through, and it’s far more nutritious.

My go-to recipe for fish is a wild-caught salmon fillet, sprinkled with salt and pepper, drizzled with a nice pesto, then wrapped in foil and cooked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. It comes out juicy and flaky and is a hit with the family. I serve it up with rice cooked in the rice cooker or a nice salad topped with a lovely balsamic vinaigrette dressing (Balsamic vinegar and olive oil whisked together with a touch of maple syrup).


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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

Whether you want to get a new business off the ground or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

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