How To Minimize Your Time In The Kitchen
My terrible mom confession: I don’t like to cook…at all.
I’m like the Ferris Bueller of the kitchen, I avoid it at all costs.
However, I also have this healthy, perfectionistic side of me that tries to avoid buying frozen meals and eating out too much – it’s a firestorm of crazy. But over time, I’ve come up with simple solutions that allow me to minimize my time in the kitchen and maximize the amount of healthy, quick meals in my house.
4 Simple Ways To Take A Day Off From Cooking
Since, I imagine I’m not the only mom out there who doesn’t like to cook, i thought I’d share a few of my favorite tips and tricks with you today.
1. Crock pot is your friend – Seriously, the slow cooker is like having your own personal chef. I love coming home after a busy day with the kids and smelling dinner cooking while I snuggle on the couch and watch cartoons with them. Doing nothing. It’s nice to have good help. Steady, reliable…just a tad slow.
2. The freezer is your friend – I’m a huge fan of making foods to freeze. I freeze everything from PB&J sandwiches to quesadillas. I make pepperoni pizza puffs and sausage and cheese biscuits. It makes it so easy to throw them in a lunch box or stick them in the toaster oven for a quick lunch or snack. It’s a great way to have fast food on hand that is healthy-ish.
3. Leftovers are your friend – We rarely eat all of our leftovers. We just get tired of eating the same thing for several meals. So, instead, I freeze all of our leftovers for meals later on. It’s a simple way to stock the freezer and avoid complaints about leftovers. It has the effect of Once a Month (always meals on hand) cooking without the big cooking/shopping day. I love that I can spontaneously decide not to cook dinner on any given night and still have a perfectly yummy home cooked meal on the table.
4. Double cooking is your friend – When I can, I try to cook or prep more than one meal at a time. If I am cooking ground meat for one meal, I go ahead and cook it for any other meal I have coming up. Same goes with chopping veggies or any other prep work I need to do. If I’m feeling really ambitious, I also might try to put in a simple slow cooker meal in the morning and then cook our regular dinner at night. After dinner, I just put the slow cooker meal in the freezer, along with any leftovers from our regular meal and we have several dinners ready and waiting for us.
My friend Mandi amazes me. She is possibly one of the most focused, productive people I know, and – like me – she’s not much for cooking, but she wants to offer homemade, healthy foods for her family. Well, she’s done all the hard work for the rest of us and wrote an ebook called Easy Homemade.
About the book:
Easy Homemade features recipes for more than 60 homemade kitchen staples as well as kitchen tips, information about choosing various ingredients and more.
As a self-proclaimed kitchen dunce, I’m far from an accomplished chef, but I’ve found that making things from scratch — even the things we typically buy without even considering that we could make them at home — is actually pretty easy.
Easy? Awesome. My eyes didn’t glaze over once like they usually do with cooking books and instructions. It was simple, clear and…doable. I’m excited about quite a few of the recipes…like making my own ranch dressing mix, partially because it’s healthier and partially because I ALWAYS seem to forget to buy it when I need it.
Click here to learn more about Mandi’s ebook. (Please note that is an affiliate link, which means, if you click it and by the ebook, a portion of the funds go to help me manage this site. So, thanks!)
Any Other Ferris Bueller’s Out There?
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