Eating whole foods can definitely take more preparation time than conventional "foods". However, the best tip I have for that is to plan ahead. I start the week with a meal plan. I hate the 5 'o' clock feeling of not knowing what to cook for dinner. My meal plan only includes dinner and one or two lunches. Breakfast is usually eggs or leftovers. I tend to eat the same thing for lunch for days on end because it is easy. Here is my meal plan for this week:
Monday - turkey and spinach burgers (without buns) with provolone cheese
Tuesday - grilled chicken with tomatillo salsa
Wednesday - oven roasted cherry tomatoes with basil white fish
Thursday - butter chicken
Friday - sautéed shrimp
Saturday - leftovers
Lunch will be fajita chicken and/or chicken salad
I do not typically plan the side dishes. Our side dishes are always fruits and veggies. I just buy whatever looks the best at the farmers market.
Meal planning is helpful because I know what needs to be done when. I can plan to make the tomatillo salsa either Monday night or Tuesday morning. If I have a few extra minutes one day I can slice the peppers and onions for the fajita chicken. I also avoid having nothing defrosted.
Having a plan of attack is the only way I can make high quality, nutritious, and tasty meals for my family every night. What helps you get a healthy dinner on the table?