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Quick And Healthy Weeknight Dinner Tips

For many families, in which both parents work either full or part time and are time poor, cooking dinner on weeknights can be just be too taxing, and this often leads to quick fixes that may be high in saturated fat and processed carbohydrates.  The idea of having to come home and cook something, let alone think about the nutritional content, is often the last priority. However, the fast food and take-away options that so often creep in when life gets really busy can be detrimental to your family’s health.

By following these three tips, you can take the stress out of cooking healthy meals during the week:

The Grocery List

Make sure that you are including enough fresh and raw ingredients as a part of your weekly shopping. Always shop with a list as this will help stop all the high energy extras from entering the shopping trolley. Here is a simple weekly shopping list helper you can print off to assist you in healthy grocery shopping during the week.

Planning Recipes

If you know that you have a busy week ahead, prepare your meal plans in advance. Also cook double batches so you have your own convenience meals in the fridge ready to reheat when you really don’t feel like cooking after a busy day.


One of the biggest myths is that good healthy food has to be complicated.  Keeping it simple and tasting good is one sure fire way to keeping the family eating well. There are some simple and healthy everyday meal recipes on the Australian Avocados recipe finder, like this Avocado and Tomato Pesto Pasta recipe, or this Grilled Chicken with Avocado and Feta recipe.

Now that you know how, there’s really no excuse for cooking a delicious, healthy weeknight meal.


Author: Zoe Bingley-Pullin, Nutritionist and Chef

Founder of Nutritional Edge, Zoe Bingley-Pullin, has long been passionate about the food in our lives. A nutritionist (Diploma of Nutrition, Sydney) and internationally trained chef (Le Cordon Bleu School, London), Zoe helps people embrace the benefits of food through education and understanding.

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