By Robert Sturm

To save yourself and family time during the week, master chef and food designer Robert Sturm offers his Top 10 Timesaver Tips.





  1. Plan your grocery list – take 10 minutes and write it down.
  2. Shop the outside walls of the grocery store – produce, meat, fish, and dairy. Use coupons and buy what’s fresh.
  3. Use “Lean” cuts of meats – lean meats mean a “Lean You.”
  4. Sunday Prep – 1 hour on Sunday with the family in the kitchen will set up the whole week for school lunches, 10 minute dinners and healthy snacks.
  5. Cook off portions of chicken, fish, shrimp, and pork beef, lean beef patties – use for salads, school lunched or simple reheat dinners. Or roast a whole chicken or beef/pork roast.
  6. Keep the top shelf of the refrigerator for “Grab” items
    1. Small Tupperware or Zip Loc containers with cooked pasta (Quinoa), chicken, edamame, veggies, grapes, berries
    2. Small container of food the kids can grab for lunch and put in their backpacks.
    3. You can take these containers easy on the go for snacks when you’re stuck in a traffic jam.
  7. Keep a container of cut vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, carrot sticks, celery sticks, and grape tomatoes.
    1. For quick meals at night make skinny slices of vegetables like mushrooms, zucchini, squash, onions, asparagus and tomatoes. Skinny vegetables mean a “Skinny you”.
  8. Slice meats and chicken in thin 2 – 3 ounce portions. See Skinny Chicken. Thin slices mean a “Thin You.”
  9. Pre-portion meats, chicken and fish in Flat Packs (Food saver Bags or Zip-Loc bags) – store flat in the freezer, thaws in 20 minutes at night or put in the refrigerator during the day and they will be thawed for dinner.
  10. Do the same with soups, chilies, stews, and sauces – Food saver bags can be boiled in a pot of water to reheat.


Planning meals and pre-portioning foods will help you stay on track for health and manage your budget.