Do Double and Save Yourself the Trouble
As a mom, what are your most valuable resources?
Time and money are two valuable resources that moms never seem to have enough of. Meal times can be hectic and are often called the witching hour because the children are hungry and seem to be demanding your attention. But you must get a meal on the table
Overwhelmed and exhausted, many mom’s will call for takeout or go out for food. Eating out should not be an option that you run to on a regular basis because it is not healthy or a wise use of your money. As homemakers, it is our responsibility to ensure that our husbands and children have hot and healthy meals prepared at home.
If you could cook only 3-4 days a week instead of 6 or 7, would that make your life easier?
It can be done. I have one easy tip to share with you about saving time and money at meals.
Want to know how to do double and save yourself the trouble?
- Choose 3-4 dinner meals that your family enjoys. (My family enjoys chili, homemade pizza, and tacos)
- Make sure you have all the ingredients.
- Now double the ingredients, making sure you have enough to last two meals.
- Decide on what day you will eat each of those meals. (Monday-tacos, Tuesday- homemade pizza, and Wednesday-chili for example)
- On the days that you will cook those meals and have bought the ingredients for, you will also double the meal. (Double the tacos, pizza, and chili, for example)
- By doubling the ingredients and preparing all the food at the same time you are basically adding no more time to your prepping and cook, but instead, you are giving yourself the gift of saved time later on in the week.
Dinner is planned, prepared, and cooked. And not only are you saving time by not having to cook, you are saving money by not going out to eat.
This extra time can be invested in your household and family. Overall, you can be more well rested and enjoy your time. Your budget will also be thankful for you not spending the money.
*This method has served my family well for years.
*These meals can also be frozen for later use.
Cooking Quick Tips
When your meal is in the oven, and your cutting board and knives are out; wash and cut all the veggies that will accompany the meal.
Plan a menu, shop according to that menu, and stick to the menu.
Wash berries with one part apple cider vinegar and ten parts water, store in a freezer bag in the freezer.
Save bananas from browning by peeling, cutting, and freezing on a cookie sheet. Then place in a freezer bag in the freezer.
Keep cooked rice in the freezer, it will save time when you need a great side dish. Make sure you invest in quality storage containers. I prefer to use Rubbermaid Food Storage Containers. They are easy to stack, wash, reuse, or giveaway, but the best thing is how affordable they are.
Use your slow cooker on those nights you will be busy.
Freezer meal cookbooks are a great resource to find recipes that can be prepped in advance for your family.
Have a pizza night. Keep frozen pizza dough on hand. Have all the basic ingredients ready and this a great way to use up leftover veggies, meats, cheeses, and anything else you desire.
What do you do to save time in the kitchen?
Stephanie, Training Keepers of the Home