What’s for Dinner

Jun 17, 2024

Written by Szilvia Brennan, RD (podcast guest) of Beyond Food Nutrition (BFN)
Edited and Updated by Sandra Gentleman, RD

What’s for Dinner? Meal Plan Strategies for Busy People

At Beyond Food Nutrition, our mission is simple: to make healthy eating and mealtimes at home effortless for busy women like you. With over 30 years of combined dietitian experience, Lisa, (my co-founder) and I are dedicated to empowering women with the skills they need to succeed in the kitchen. We want to help you feel confident and capable when it comes to feeding yourself and your family.

We’re not just about cooking meals—we’re about creating a positive and enjoyable mealtime experience for everyone involved. Our vision is to break down stereotypes and make mealtime a team effort for all.

Some conversations and questions during the interview with Rob and Sandra on “My Wife the Dietitian”

1) What are your clients’ biggest struggles with eating healthy and preparing tasty meals?

Most of our clients are women who often carry the primary responsibility for family meals, and they face a unique set of challenges. The biggest struggle isn’t just the cooking itself, but the mental overload that comes with it.

It’s all about the process—thinking about what meals to prepare, making sure they have the right equipment and ingredients, planning grocery trips, and coordinating meal prep with other daily responsibilities. This mental load can be overwhelming and often leads to significant kitchen task anxiety. Many of our clients also feel stressed about making meals that are both nutritious and tasty, and they worry about whether everyone will enjoy the food.

To tackle these issues, we’ve created a comprehensive plan that our clients can just take and use without having to overthink it. Everything is laid out for them, including tasks they can delegate. Lisa and I act as the partners these women are looking for, offering the guidance and support they need. They’re not alone—we’re here to help every step of the way.

We offer an online program that focuses on reducing anxiety around food and cooking, helping our clients rediscover joy in the kitchen. We teach them effective strategies to make the entire process, from meal planning to cleanup, more manageable and enjoyable. By simplifying kitchen tasks, we help them achieve a better overall life balance, reducing stress and overwhelm with practical, nutritious meal planning that also emphasizes mental wellness.

2) What are a few strategies (for meal planning and meal prep) that you offer to help your clients?

To combat kitchen task anxiety, we provide several effective strategies:

Simplified Meal Planning:

We provide meal plans, grocery lists, and prep guides to take the guesswork out of daily meal prep. Having a clear plan helps reduce decision fatigue.

Kitchen Organization:

We help clients streamline their kitchen setup, making it easier to find and access what they need. A well-functioning and organized kitchen reduces stress and enhances efficiency. For example, strategic placement of dishware and food items can make daily tasks more seamless.

Delegation Techniques:

We teach clients how to involve family members in kitchen tasks, distributing the workload and reducing the overall burden. This not only lightens their load but also fosters a collaborative family environment. For instance, we offer strategies to help you teach children age-appropriate chores. Consistency is key, and we are there to support every step of the way.

Nutritious and Tasty Recipes:

Our recipes are designed to be both healthy and delicious, ensuring that clients can provide nutritious meals without sacrificing taste.

3) Do you have a few examples of (easy prep and tasty) meals that your clients seem to enjoy?

Here are a couple of favorites:

Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables:

 This one-pan meal is easy to prepare, delicious, and packed with nutrients. Just season chicken and a variety of vegetables, then roast them together for a hassle-free dinner.

Vegetable Stir-Fry with Tofu:

This quick and customizable dish allows clients to use whatever veggies they have on hand, paired with protein-rich tofu and a savory sauce.

In summary

by addressing kitchen task anxiety directly, our program helps women simplify their kitchen routines and achieve a better overall life balance. Our expert guidance in meal planning, kitchen organization, and delegation not only reduces stress but also promotes mental wellness and joy in cooking.

For anyone interested in learning more, we offer a FREE phone call to discuss our upcoming program in the fall, as well as free upcoming webinars. As a special gift for the podcast listeners, we’re also offering a FREE 3 Day Simple Meal Plan. In this meal plan, you’ll find recipes for 3 dinners, 1 lunch, and 1 breakfast meal, along with a grocery checklist to remove the guesswork and simplify your tasks. More details will be available soon, so follow us on Instagram or book a call to stay updated! lol

I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Sandra and Rob for having me on the show. It’s been a pleasure sharing our insights with your audience, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to connect with your listeners. Your hospitality and support have been wonderful. Thank you again for having me!

Szilvia Brennan, RD is a registered dietitian and one of the co-founders of Beyond Food Nutrition (BFN).

Her experience includes various areas of nutrition, including ketogenic diets, cancer care, pharmaceutical nutrition, diabetes management, and family health. With all of her experiences, she has a holistic approach to food and nutrition to help clients with their meal plan and nutrition challenges..

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