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4 Tips for Healthy Weeknight Dinners

By Staci Amend
October 30, 2014

Whether you work in an office or in the home, chances are you spend much of your weekday time taking care of others. We know how challenging it can be to make it through those exhausting office and family to-do lists, only to find that “make a healthy dinner” is still in your court! And to make matters worse, fatigue and stress can make you more likely to speed-dial the local pizza place. Here are four simple strategies to help you stay on track with your weight loss program—even on your busiest evenings at home.

1. Plan ahead
Whether you’ll be heating up your favorite Jenny Craig entrée or cooking for the whole family, it can be very helpful to plan your entire week in advance. This will give you a blueprint for the days to come, so you can shop for grocery foods and Free Foods and assemble anything that can be prepped ahead of time. Being ready to make healthy choices (and having everything on hand) will make you that much more likely to choose well.

2. Jazz up your Jenny Craig
Did you know: some of your favorite Jenny Craig entrees can be made even more delicious, either by using the Fresh & Free Additions, or by using them as a starting point for totally creative cooking. Browse through our online recipe database for ideas, and by all means, don’t ever skip those healthy side salads! Here are a few of our favorite ways to make something good even better:

Stuffed Artichoke Hearts Featuring Jenny’s Cuisine® Turkey Burger
Blushing Chicken Fettuccini featuring Jenny’s Cuisine® Chicken Fettuccini

3. Start from scratch
Our online recipe database is also chock-full of delicious, family-friendly and Jenny Craig-approved side dishes—many of which can be prepared relatively quickly. Here are three healthy, super-satisfying options that can be prepared in less than 15 minutes:

Fennel, Orange, and Arugula Salad
Mediterranean Asparagus
Maple-Mustard Carrots featuring Jenny Craig Lite Table Syrup

4. Make similar meals (and freeze extras)
Make healthy meals for your family using our great online recipes. Then, enjoy a similar, convenient Jenny Craig meal for yourself! For example, make Garlic Basil Beef Kabobs for your family and enjoy Jenny Craig Beef Chow Mein yourself. Or, try this crowd-pleasing Garden Vegetable Lasagna and serve yourself Jenny Craig Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce.

Hint: making a double-batch can mean healthy leftovers for weeks! Set aside Sunday night to prepare and eat one bigger entrée—then freeze the leftovers so you only have to cook for your family once in a while.

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