Nancy from I Made This Dish specializes in saving busy working moms time in the kitchen.
So when we connected in our virtual circles and started chatting about meal planning and how to feed our families, I told her I needed tips. I’m already pretty good about getting myself organized, and we rarely rely on fast food, but I still need quick and easy meal ideas. I pin and pin and pin, but I tend to turn to the same old, same old. Plus, I don’t have time during the work week to spend hours in the kitchen. I barely have minutes.
So Nancy offered to share a few time-saving tips. Check it out.
After a busy day at work, you rush to school to pick up your kids and drop them off at after-school activities. By the time you get home, everyone is tired and starving! You need something quick!
There are many quick recipes available online. But let me talk about the prep and share 3 proven tips that will save you at least 5 hours of free time every week to get your dinner ready in under 20 minutes! By reusing these tips, you can potentially save 20 hours a month, that’s almost a day! You just created an extra day of vacation!
- Make a batch of salad for the whole week. (Saves 1.5 hours / week)
- On Sunday, rinse your lettuce (or spinach) under running water and dry them in a spinner. Wash and chop a handful of baby carrots, bell peppers and cilantro and toss them into your dry lettuce/spinach. Slice 2 tomatoes and keep it in a separate plastic container.
- During the week, just add your salad in a bow or tomorrow’s lunch box, and cook some meat. Just one less thing to do to get dinner on the table.
- No excuses for picky eaters not to eat vegetables, since salad is always ready to eat inside your fridge. While at the grocery store, pick up some celery, bell peppers, baby carrots, or other vegetables for veggie snacks.
- Cook rice ahead of time (Saves 1.5 hours / week)
- On Sunday, rinse and cook your rice. A good tip of 1:2 ratio, meaning 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of water. Store cooked rice in a glass container in the fridge.
- During the week, heat up your rice in the microwave for 2 minutes, or until it’s nice and fluffy. Rice in 2 minutes is awesome! You already have salad from Tip # 1. The last thing to do is cook some meat and eat.
- You can also make delicious fried rice with leftover rice. Bring the leftovers for lunch. Your family would love it!
- Ready meats for stir-fry during the week. (Saves 2 hours / week)
- On Sunday, get a pack of boneless chicken breasts. Slice a few chicken breasts thinly; divide the poultry in separate small Ziploc bags enough for each meal. Label and put them in the freezer.
- During the week, just pull a bag of poultry out the night before. When you get home all you need to do is season your meat and get your ready-to-go veggies and rice from the fridge. Heat that pan and your dinner is already 2/3 completed!
** You can use with steak meat, turkey meat, or pork.
Total saving: 5 hours each week!
Leave us a comment below, how would you feel if you had an extra 5 hours every week? What would you really love to do with that free time?
Nancy is Editor-in-Chief at IMADETHISDISH.COM , she helps busy working moms looking to save time in the kitchen.
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