Planning and preparing meals on a daily basis can be challenging. And let's face it by the end of the day take outalways seems like a brilliant idea. However, if you're on a budget, watching your waistline and want to know how your food is prepared, homecooking is a must.
Today's post shares my top 5 tips to getting you in and out of the kitchen fast, save money and create beautiful thoughtful meals for your whole family.
1. Shop in your Fridge First
Before driving to the big box store or your local grocer. Open your fridge and use what you have. You'd be surprised at what you can pull together fast. I like to do a weekly sweep of what's going on in there and plan accordingly. After all, you spend you're hard earned money on it...why waste it?
2. Prep for Multiple Meals at a Time
This is something I practice every week and it has saved me so much time in the kitchen. While I'm in the kitchen making breakfast, I'll also pack/prepare my lunch and or dinner prep. All in one swoop. That way while I'm chopping one thing I can prep it all and wash all my knives/cutting boards once. I've found it's really hard to motivate myself to chop a million things after a long day at work. However, if it's already prepared, you're more likely to eat them; like carrot sticks, chopped broccoli or cauliflower. I then place all the prepped foods in the fridge ready to go for the next meal. Now I realize that everything can't be done ahead, but it saves me some time and I know all I have to do is just grab it out of the fridge later on....and cook!
3. Use your Pantry
This is similar to the fridge idea. Taking a peak into the depths of your pantry is always fun. How often do we find ourselves picking up multiples of items we use regularly, only to find more at home. Again, this is something I try to do monthly. Create meals using staples I have on the shelf combined with fresh produce...instant affordable meal. A great way to use things up before they expire. Go ahead...start looking into your pantry.
4. Try New Food Combos
My fridge and pantry raids sometimes leave me with random ingredients. Don't be afraid to try new combinations of foods. Who knows you might sumble upon a new favorite?! I've done this and have made some hits and misses, but at least I tried and that's all that matters. And not wasting food makes me feel good.
5. Sunday Rule
My Sunday rule helps execute a simple meal plan and saves me time during the rush of a busy week. It takes out the guess work in...What are we doing for dinner? I always know ahead of time and try to stick to it but of course be flexible too. Things pop up and you need to go with the flow. I devote about 10-20 minutes on the weekend planning out a loose meal plan. I scan the fridge, pantry and shop with my eyes at the store and get inspired. I ask Joe what he's in the mood for and we come up with some ideas. Involving the whole family is important and I always encourage my clients to include children in meal planning. Even if they are young, they can help.
I find that combining all of these tips together make meal time a lot easier. I hope these tips inspire you to get in your kitchen and plan ahead.
Wishing you all beautiful meals made in minutes.
Do you have any tips or tricks you use to get meals together fast?