Time Saving Meal Prep Tips For The Kitchen
Family life is SO busy!! As a mom I am constantly looking for ideas to save time on all of the things that need to be done everyday.
I know you can relate ;)
One of the most time consuming areas in family life is food. The amount of hours we spend planning, shopping, prepping, cooking and then cleaning it all up, is insane. Research shows that a woman will spend around 3 years of her life in the kitchen!!
I like feeding my family home cooked meals, but I don't want to spend 3 years of my life in the kitchen.
Over the years I have been able to fine-tune my kitchen/meal planning process, to work smarter and not harder. There are many time saving habits that I have implemented to help me cut back on the amount of time I spend in the kitchen.
Here are the ideas I find helpful. Do all of these or do a couple each week, either way they’ll help you save time in the kitchen and put a meal together in a pinch.
• Hard Boil Eggs...cook lots for the week for quick and easy breakfast or snacks.
• Pre-cut Veggies...this makes eating your veggies much easier.
• Grill or Bake Chicken Thighs...cook a bunch at a time and freeze individually for adding quickly to a salad, soup or other meal.
• Roast Vegetables...pre-roasted veggies are great in salads or used in soup.
• Pre-cook a Carb such as Quinoa, Rice or Potatoes...throw in a wrap or add to a salad.
• Make and Freeze Breakfasts (Wraps or Mini Quiche)...great for last minute snack or quick breakfast when you're on the go out the door.
• Prep/Freeze Hamburger Patties...tempted to go for fast food? These are a quick solution to avoid that.
• Prep/Freeze Meatballs...Handy to have on hand for a quick meal.
• Make/Freeze Lunches (Burritos, Wraps, etc.)...Handy to have on hand for a quick meal.
• Make Slow Cooker Freezer Meals...I can't stress this enough...slow cooker meals are a busy moms lifesaver.
• Pre-make/Freeze Easy Snacks (Muffins, Protein Bites, Breakfast Cookies, etc.)...makes it easy to grab anytime for a snack.
- Double batch cooking and freezing...make the mess once, but eat multiple times.
All of these tips can help you save time in the kitchen.
I would love to know what tips you already use or what you would like to do to save yourself some time in the kitchen.