How Busy Moms Spend Less Time in the Kitchen

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Does getting a hot meal on the table trigger a pain point for you?

Do you even like cooking?

Not only do you have to cook but, let’s not forget shopping for the groceries to cook said meals, whew!

Let me let you in on a little secret, I DON’T LIKE COOKING. There I said it. I have been down this road before many a time but, it wasn’t until I finally bit the bullet and decided to do something to make this task easier for myself that my outlook changed.

Here are my points of annoyance when it comes to cooking. Let me know if you can relate?

  • What should I cook?

  • Grocery shopping

  • The cutting, chopping and peeling of it all

  • Waiting for the food to get done

 

What should I cook? I’m tired of making the same ol’ things?

If you’re like me, preparing the same things over and over again, don’t give you warm and fuzzy feelings about cooking to begin with. This is when I discovered Pinterest. I had previously only used Pinterest to find a cake design for my kids’ birthday parties or a nail design that I wanted to try. It was purely by chance that I realized that there are loads of recipes on Pinterest. I’ve tried many, some were a hit and some not so much but, thanks to Pinterest I have added quite a few options to my list of family favs. This has really helped me add some variety to my kitchen table.

Do you like going to the grocery store?

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Um, I’m not a fan. Well, that’s not entirely true. If I can get in and out before 9 am then I don’t mind it as much. I want to be there and done before everyone else gets there.  I want the store to myself. I don’t want to have to say “excuse me, can I get by?” or patiently wait for someone else to sift through the tomatoes that I want until it’s my turn. Although I am a morning person and I am up early on the weekends, I don’t always get to go to the store early in the a.m. My son usually sleeps in on the weekend and my husband works on Saturdays. My solution to this problem is online grocery shopping.

I know what you’re saying, doesn’t that cost money? Well yes….sometimes. I feel like the small service fee is worth retaining my sanity. Also,  on the app when you order the groceries there is often a coupon associated with the pickup service fee so sometimes its free. You should definitely give it a try if you haven’t already.

1. It helps you not to overspend since you order only what’s on your list.

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2. Reduces the chance of going to the drive thru because of grocery shopping dread

3. You can reload your cart from previous purchases to make checkout even faster

So now that you’ve got your food, I guess you gotta cook it, right?

Here’s my checklist to get me in and out of the kitchen as quickly as possible.

  • COOK AROUND DINNER TIME. (my favorite tip)

How do you cook around dinner time?

Prepare components which will take the longest to cook ahead of time. I cook in the morning before work and in the evening before bed for a future day’s meal.  Get up about an hour ahead of everyone else during the week. This will give you time to get a few things done including dinner for that night. It’s not unusual for me to get up in the morning and get the chicken in the oven or the ground beef on the stove. Get the things going that will take about an hour or less to prepare then, you can just refrigerate them before you leave the house for the day.

  •  PICK A MEAL PREP DAY.

Do you have a meal prep day?

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For me this is Sunday afternoon. I usually start this after I’ve picked up my online grocery order.When you don’t have to go inside the store and through the aisles, you tend to have more energy, ya know. “Alexa, play 90s hits”… turn on your favorite tunes,  pull out your favorite kitchen knife and some ziplock bags…. time to get started.

1.Wash and cut up your fruit so it’s easy to grab and go

2.Wash and cut any veggies for the upcoming week’s meals

3.Make some snack bags/boxes for on the go snacks

4. Prep your future freezer meals

 

  • PUT ONE DISH MEALS ON YOUR MENU

Can you say quick and easy?

Selecting one dish or dump and go freezer meals are a life saver particularly for weeknight meals. You can put a meal together in half the time and with less the dishes.

 

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  • INVEST IN AN INSTANT POT

This is my newest best friend.

Can you believe I had my Instant Pot for months before I actually used it? Now I rarely cook a meal without it. The speed at which I get dinner done when using it is so worth it. I oftentimes find myself looking for ways to turn stove top recipes into Instant Pot recipes.

 

Alrighty! Did we miss anything? Do you have some tips of your own to share?