Day after day you are responsible for feeding lots of mouths, your own included! I have no doubt you get pretty tired of trying to keep things healthy, interesting, and easy. There are some things you can do to lighten your load. We've all heard, "work smarter, not harder". That is what these tactics are all about!

First, consider roasted veggies. This is such an easy solution for everyday dinners and maybe even some special occasions. It is very simple to wash, cut, and assemble this dish. Simply choose three to four veggies you and your family like. A couple examples include: sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots, or potato, carrot, zucchini. You of course can come up with your own!

Take these veggies and cut them so that they are a similar size. Then simply drizzle some olive oil on them, sprinkle a couple tablespoons of your favorite dry dressing mix, and stir until equally covered. Place in a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees until all the veggies are tender. Done. A tasty, filling, and healthy side dish that can go with just about anything!

Another easy side dish idea is very common sense and will leave you saying "why didn't I think of that!?" The solution is so simple, make double or triple! Not everyone will like tuna casserole leftovers. However, most people don't complain about leftover mashed potatoes!

Let's say Monday night your sides are mashed potatoes and a side salad. You are already taking the time to prepare these items so why not double it and have sides ready for Wednesday night's baked chicken? In other words, make sure you can get two or three nights sides from one prep time, one dirty dish, and one push of energy. You can always spice things up with the leftovers by adding a few things here or there. Maybe you add some avocado to the salad, or some cheese to the mashed potatoes.

Either way, the point is still the same: conserve energy, time, and thought by making multiple night's servings.

A final step is to skip the idea of sides and do "one-bowl" meals. You can use either of these "side" dishes listed above and complete this idea. For example, add some shrimp with the vegetables when tossing in the oil and seasoning. Bake all together for a delicious dinner. Or consider a lovely seared steak on top of your salad.

Keep it simple. Keep is smart. And above all, keep it healthy. Your family will thank you, and you will have more time and energy to enjoy life with them. Happy eating!

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