One of the best things you can do to get your meals on the table easier is to have a set time to get a head start. These are some of my favorite ways on how to have a kitchen prep day when life is busy.
One thing that I used to do regularly was to set aside time each week to get a jump start on meal preparation. I have no clue why I stopped doing that but I did. I’ve recently started the practice back after a reminder from Stacy at Humorous Homemaking.
Stacy sets aside her Wednesdays each week to make whatever breads and rolls her family needs that week. Do you have to spend several hours making bread from scratch? Only if you want to.
How to have a kitchen prep day when life is busy
The concept works even if you only have small pockets of time throughout the week. The main thing is to set aside the time. If you know that you have 30 minutes a couple of times a week to spend on things like shredding or slicing blocks of cheese, or chopping onions and peppers to use in the next few days that will save time on your crazy nights.
Make things that require no cooking
Instead of spending money on time savers at the store there quite a few convenience foods that can be made at home just as easily.
Homemade Instant Oatmeal packets need only a bowl, some measuring cups and spoons, and storage containers or bags.
Homemade Smoothie Mix allows you put exactly what you want in your smoothie with the ease of grabbing a bag from the freezer and adding milk.
Make Whole Wheat Pancake Mix. It takes five minutes and lasts for three months in the freezer.
Make a double batch of something
Baked oatmeal is easy to whip up and will last for several days in the fridge or a couple of months in the freezer. Our favorite is peanut butter chocolate chip.
Make something while you’re cooking dinner or something that goes overnight.
Hard cooked eggs can last for several days in the refrigerator. Start a batch while you have the stove going for a meal. Now you have something you can pack for lunch, eat as a snack, or to make egg salad.
Lazy granola needs a short amount of time in the oven before being left in a cold oven overnight. Just package and enjoy with milk or yogurt.
What are your favorite easy ways to get ahead in your cooking?
How to Have a Kitchen Prep Day When Life is Busy is part of 31 Days of Cooking at Home