As a Holistic Nutritionist, I’m a firm believer that different foods work well for different people. But when you’re meal planning for multiple people, it can get kind of complicated to ensure everyone’s unique dietary needs are met.
Even though I’m cooking for just two people, I can find myself getting overwhelmed with trying to keep us both happy and healthy. For example, I love beans. My body loves beans. Beans + me = happily ever after.
My boyfriend? His body doesn't love beans. I've tried sneaking them in, but there’s only so much Poopourri a girl can order on Amazon Prime, if you know what I’m saying.
To keep the peace (and the air quality) I figured out a few hacks to create meal plans using That Clean Life that work with both of our needs. If your family is split between meat eaters and vegetarians, paleo folks and bean lovers – these three tips will help you simplify your dinner meal planning too!
1. Plan One-Pan Meals
One pan meals are so easy to modify. Using just one pan, you can cook up two different proteins, or two different vegetables - so that everyone at the table will have an option they enjoy. You don't need to prep different meals - and everyone still eats at the same time.
Tip: Log in to That Clean Life and search for "one pan" to find a list of delicious one pan meal ideas.
Here are some one-pan dinner ideas to add to your next That Clean Life meal plan, along with ideas on how to modify them for various preferences.
2. Use Side Dishes
One of the things I love about That Clean Life is how it automatically generates a grocery list based on our meal plan. If I am making different versions of a recipe, I always add the alternative protein as a side dish. This way - all of the ingredients get added to my list and I don't forget to buy a key ingredient!
For example, if I add a meal with chicken to my plan, perhaps I want to add roasted chickpeas as a side dish so we can mix and match.
Tip: To learn how to add a side dish to any meal on your plan, click here.
3. Meal Prep Different Proteins
One thing that keeps us both fed and happy during those really busy weeks is to meal prep some different protein options on the weekend. Often that means cooking up some chicken breast and a big pot of beans so we can add lots of colorful salads to our meal plan and then top with the protein that works best for us.
By having protein cooked and on-hand, we are less likely to end up eating out because it's already made and we don't want food to go to waste. We always have what we need to throw a delicious meal together, in just a few minutes!
Here are some awesome salads to add to your next That Clean Life meal plan. Every one of these can be kept in the fridge and you can add your desired protein or toppings of choice.
So there you have it! Our top three tips on how to meal plan dinners that everyone will eat. If you're meal planning for multiple people, leave us a comment below to let us know any tips that work well for you.
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