Cooking is supposed to be fun, right? For many busy parents, however, cooking dinner can often feel more like a chore than anything else. After a busy day on your feet, standing in the kitchen for hours on end probably doesn’t sound too enjoyable.
Lucky for busy moms everywhere, there are lots of ways to simplify dinnertime so you’ll have more time to actually enjoy your food and your family. Use the following easy tips for saving time in the kitchen and cut down on mealtime stress:
- Keep your storage space organized so you don’t waste time digging through cabinets or your refrigerator for the items you need. As a general rule, keep frequently-used utensils, tools and foods toward the front of your cabinets and drawers and push rarely-used items to the back.
- If you haven’t tried meal planning, you should definitely start doing so. Spend Sunday night coming up with dinner ideas for each night of the week to save time stressing over what to make later on. This can also help prevent you from wasting money on groceries you don’t end up using.
- Keep your pantry and refrigerator stocked with staples such as butter, milk, parmesan cheese, pasta, boneless chicken breasts and wide variety of spices. This way, you won’t have to run out to the grocery store each time you find a new recipe.
- Don’t be afraid to used prepackaged foods. Frozen or canned fruits and vegetables are often a great value because they won’t go bad; plus, foods like canned beans or precooked chicken are perfect to have on hand for dozens of easy recipes.
- Doubling or tripling a recipe can provide you with leftovers for the rest of the week, which makes dinnertime a cinch! Cook in large batches and either refrigerate leftovers for later in the week or freeze them for a couple months down the road when you’re in need of a quick meal.
Author Bio: This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of ReadySetEat. Visit www.readyseteat.com for more easy recipes for dinner your family will love!