There is only so much time in a day, and so much to do as a mother and homemaker.
I love making the best use of my time and working smarter, not harder.
The area we as mothers spend the most time, is in the kitchen. Am I right?
Save Time In The Kitchen
I have created a list of ideas that I use to save time, specifically in the kitchen. I try to spend as little time in there as possible, even trying to convince my hubby and kids to try fasting for a day, but for some reason they just won't go for it ;).
The majority of my days are spent prepping food, making meals, washing dishes, cleaning kitchen, repeat.
It's like laundry...it never ends !
To use my time wisely and to continue to feed my family healthy, homemade meals, I have a handful of tasks I do to save time.
I don't do all of them every week, as it depends on the week and what the meal plan is, what's needed and my schedule.
Time Saving Solutions For The Kitchen
Create A Meal Plan (free printable here)
Have A "Master" Shopping List
-Create a list of all your food and pantry items
Make A Veggie Tray
-Wash, peel (if needed) veggies and cut into sticks. This makes it really easy to serve with lunch, to snack on or to cut up a little smaller to throw into soup or salad.
Big Batch Baking
-Bake enough to last a few weeks. I love having baking on had for quick snacks, outings or visitors. I tend to quadruple (at least) my recipes and then freeze a couple of the batches for later use.
Pre Cook Ground Meats and Freeze In Individual Packages
-This is great a good time saver for adding to soups, taco salad, spaghetti...pretty much any recipe that requires it.
Big Batch Cooking/Freezer Meals
-Do all the work once and eat for days (this one is one of my favourites). Check out these slow cooker/freezer meal recipes.
Double Up Prep
-When I make hamburger patties, meatballs, or meatloaf, I make a lot at once. For example, if I know I'm going to be needing meatballs for the meal plan that week, I will work with 10lbs-15lbs of ground beef. I will make a bunch of meatballs, a couple meatloaves and some hamburger patties. I wrap everything in meal size portions and freeze for later.
Boil A Batch Of Eggs
-These are handy for breakfast, snacks, egg sandwiches or adding to a salad.
Cook Once, Eat Twice
-I love cooking with the intention of using the leftovers, whether it's as is or to reinvent the leftovers.
Premix Dry Ingredients
-Make a baking premix for baking cookies, pancakes, muffins, etc. Make sure to label them !
Use A Slow Cooker or Instant Pot
Meal Prep And Assemble Meals The Night Before
I know there are many more time saving tips for meals. These are the ones that have been working for me.
If this is new to you, don't try doing all of them the same week. Try one or two at a time and see what a difference it can make.
What time saving tips work best for you and your family?