We’re all guilty of living busy lives, by the time you’ve worked your 9-5, gotten home, looked after the kids (or partner!) there’s often very little (aka none) time left for dinner. Don’t worry, don’t put it in the too hard basket. We’ve got some easy tips thanks to Lyndi Cohen.

Firstly, dinner doesn’t have to be difficult. Pulling together a healthy dinner the family will love doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. With a few simple hacks, preparing a healthy dinner can be a cinch.

Meal prep and batch booking

Batch cooking is a simple habit where you cook many meals at the same, ultimately saving you time, money and helping you eating healthier throughout the week.

Each Sunday, I bake 2-3 trays of my favourite seasonal vegetables like cauliflower, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, capsicum, zucchini and eggplant and then store in air-tight containers, ready to be added to healthy, midweek meals. This really easy habit will you can save so much time when it comes time to putting your dinner together.

You can also batch cook soups and stews, quinoa and brown rice. They also refrigerate and freeze well AND may also save you money.  You gotta love that.

Double up

If you’re not into weekend prep, then try to get in the habit of cooking twice as much food. That way, you’ll always have plenty of leftovers, to freeze or take to work the next day for lunch. On those night when you really don’t have time to cook, why not grab two large Soul Origin salad eat one for lunch and take one home for dinner. Add some grilled chicken for protein and dinner is ready!

Fall in love with you slow cooker

A slow cooker is a must have kitchen staple which seamlessly cooks your dinner for you all day while you work.  Set aside 10 minutes in the morning and this small time investment will may save you an hour at night – so you have more time for you.

Shop strategically

Write yourself a shopping list and be strategic.  Try not to shop when you’re hungry, and add to your list throughout the week to save the last minute rush.  Planning your meal for the week ahead can really save you time and money and a whole lot of brainpower when you’re exhausted after work.

Choose healthy convenience food

I rely on convenience health foods every week because I simply don’t have time to cook everything from scratch. Who does?  These include pre-marinated meats (simply check the ingredients list) and fish, feta cheese and tins of beans and lentils.  I always add a tin of drained lentils and blended mushrooms to bolognaise for pasta and two tins of drained chickpeas or lentils to soup. Soak dried beans if you have the time but I admittedly, I never do!