- Place chicken in marinade before placing in freezer. When you are ready to cook, chicken can marinade while thawing.
- Dice onions and green peppers in bulk and freeze. Break off amount of frozen item you need for recipe.
- Cook double. Sometimes it is just as easy to double a recipe. Eat half tonight and freeze the remainder for a night in a week or two.
- Make dual use proteins. Bake an entire chicken instead of just two breasts. The remainder can be used for a second meal the next night.
- Stock staples. Make a list of nonperishable staples that go in your “go to” recipes. Always keep these items on hand.
- Cook two meals at once. You can often cook tonight and tomorrow nights supper at the same time. Two times the meal, one time the clean up.
- Use your crock pot! Find recipes your family loves then use them. The crock pot is a mom’s best friend.
- Wash your veggies as soon as you get them home from the store. Doing this all at once will save time in your nightly meal prep.
- Meal plan. I know it is hard to get this organized but it will save you time. Plan well and make one grocery store stop a week.
- Line your pans. That aluminum foil liner can save tons of scrubbing time later.
- Simple side dishes are healthy too. We often have just cut up broccoli and cauliflower with dip as a side dish. No cooking involved.
- Gather up the leftover veggies. Just a spoon full of corn left? Drop it in a gallon size freezer bag and freeze. Add tomorrow nights portion of left over green beans. Before too long you will have a soup starter pack right in your freezer.
- Serve breakfast from the freezer. Most muffin, pancake, and waffle recipes can be frozen in individual portions. Make a large batch then eat off of it daily. Try my peanut butter pancake recipe with this technique.
- Brown ground meats for the week all at one time. Split to make multiple meals when you are done.
- Use your oven space. If you are baking anyway, throw in some potatoes and one of your side dishes is complete as well.
- Put a lid on your pots when bringing water to a boil. It will actually boil faster.
- Rely on substitutions. I have an old cookbook with a list of common substitutions. These work in a pinch and are much faster than a trip to the grocery store.
- Keep kid friendly snacks easily accessible. You don’t want to have to stop cooking to grab the kids a snack.
- Trim and portion meat when you get home from the grocery store. Freeze or refrigerate until ready to use.
- Save the liquid when boiling chicken. Chicken stock can be frozen for use in a later meal
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