Life is in full momentum now with school, work, clubs, sports, and other social activities. This means our days and many evenings get packed with activity. With all that is happening, how are your mealtimes going?
Drive-thru restaurants and pre-packaged meals are certainly convenient, but they come with negative impacts, including the drain on our pocket book. Here are three ways to curb the expense and save time.
A little planning goes a long way.
Taking a bit of extra time to plan, one day can save a lot of time over coming days. There are different ways people plan out their meals. Some start with theme days - Mexican Monday, Fishy Friday, Leftover Saturday, and Casserole Sunday – to narrow down meal choices. Others decide meals based on sales and coupons. The main thing here is planning out meals early for the entire week or month.
Prepare ahead of time.
In many households, Sunday afternoon is dedicated to lunch and dinner prep for the week.This includes cleaning and chopping vegetables, portioning out food items into containers in the fridge, and precooking early stages of the meal preparations so that everything can quickly and easily come together at mealtime.
Part of planning and preparation may include making extra for dinner so that leftovers become lunch or dinner later in the week. This is especially beneficial on nights when the time between work and extra-curricular activities is more limited.
Cook in one pot.
This method is great when done in a crockpot, because when you use a slow cooker the meal cooks while you’re at work or handling other time pressing activities in the day. Simply add all the contents in the morning and when you come back at the end of the day dinner is ready. There’s an array of sizes, features, and options for crockpots. So hopefully this article will help you narrow that down.
When life gets busy, choosing convenience over home cooked can be easier. I don’t know about you, but I prefer a home cooked meal. These tips help turn home cooked into convenience.
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