Feeding a family is not always easy, right? But having a little forethought and planning ahead a few meals can really help feed your family well.

Meal planning is such a great idea in theory but sometimes the follow-through can be a little harder for those who aren’t in the meal-prepping routine (yet). Here are some tips and ideas for quick, convenient meals that can often be prepared or made completely in advance to give you more time to, well, live life!


  • Toasted muesli: One of my family’s favourite breakfasts. Most shop-bought mueslis have a horrendous amount of sugar so I prefer to make my own. It takes a few minutes to assemble and I make enough to fill a container for a few months. There’s a simple, delicious recipe on my website.
  • Bircher Muesli and Chia pudding: Great breakfasts to make the night before and grab on the go.

The easiest lunch is always leftovers. If you are time poor, always cook more than you need at dinner so you have leftovers for lunch the next day. This not only saves you time, but ensures you have a healthy lunch to take to work or to pack the kids for school. Some examples of re-purposing dinner for lunch include:

  • Leftover barbecued or grilled meat or sausages. Simply add to a sandwich, wrap or salad.
  • Leftover soups, casseroles or curries: Reheat and pop in a flask for lunch.
  • Baked potatoes: Great cold the next day stuffed with tuna, cheese and salad.

There are a few types of meals that really help me to save time and ensure I’m able to feed my family well at dinner. The first is a slow cooked meal –  one I can prep in the morning and cook during the day so it is ready for when my tribe arrive home after school sports starving and ‘hangry’. I also find stirfry great timesaver as the ingredients can be pre-cut and it’s really quick to cook come dinner time.

If you’re just not organised and need dinner fast, keep it simple and grill or barbecue fish, meat or chicken and serve with a simple salad or steamed veggies. Omelettes are also a quick, healthy dinner fix.

Once a fortnight I bake a couple of batches of sweet or savoury snacks and freeze them for the weeks ahead. This not only saves me time in the kitchen but ensures I always have unprocessed snacks to throw in the school lunch box. Other fast healthy snacks include fresh fruit, nuts, veggie sticks, cheese and my kids also love biltong (air-dried meat).

I hope these ideas help you to save time so that you are able to cook for your family more often.

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