5 Time-Saving Tips:
To beat the clock, plan ahead!
Set aside just 45 minutes on the weekend to plan meals for the week, and you can save hours in the long run. Instead of deciding what to have for dinner at the last minute each night (and then making time-consuming supermarket trips to grab ingredients) you'll have everything you need ready and waiting for you. You'll also save money by avoiding impulse purchases at the store, or worse yet, spending it up on takeout food. One more benefit of planning ahead: your weekly meal-planning sessions are a great opportunity to get the rest of the family involved. For instance, let your children choose what they want for dinner one night. When the time comes, they can even help make the meal!
Use foil and skip cleanup toil!
Line your pans with foil for easy cleanup. Or prepare meals in foil packets. You can put the food in the packets ahead of time, then bake or grill at dinnertime. There's very little cleanup, and packets can be personalized to fit individual preferences.
Bake, freeze and
save a batch of time!
Bake in batches on the weekend, then freeze your baked goods in single-serve resealable bags. This technique works especially well for pancakes, nut breads and brownies. You'll save time on weekday mornings (breakfasts will be ready to heat and eat) as well as when you're preparing lunches to take to school or work. (Just add a treat to the lunchbox and it will thaw by lunchtime.)
Reduce thawing time for ground meat by playing pattycake!
Before you freeze ground beef, turkey or chicken, take it out of the package and shape it into patties or press it flat. Then store it in freezer bags in the icebox. Thawing will be much faster.
Make meal prep a family affair!
Meal preparation is an everyday necessity, so use that time wisely and get the whole family involved! Let the little ones wash vegetables and set the table while older kids can help chop, prep and cook. It's a great time to get the family talking and having fun while teaching valuable life skills.