A Crock Pot is a Busy Cook’s Best Friend. Most people only use their crock pots for an occasional roast or an annual dish for some special occasion, but crock pots can be a terrific time-saver in the kitchen. Throw in a chicken or roast and some veggies the night before or before you leave for work, and when you get home you’ll have a piping hot meal ready to serve. It’s not just for roasts and soups either. Crock pots are great for cooking chili and even spaghetti sauce.
Let Double & Freeze be Your Mantra. Make this your new rule in the kitchen. Get yourself in the habit of doubling recipes. Make one for tonight, and freeze the rest for later. Then, when you’re too busy to cook one night, just grab it from the freezer and heat it up.
Switch it Up. Try breakfast for dinner or some other mindless meal, like sandwiches, one night.
One Meat, Many Dishes. You don’t have to eat the same meal over and over again throughout the week. Throw a chicken in the crock pot and make some barbecue chicken and chicken salad to take to work the next week or to put in your kids’ lunches.
Go Canned or Frozen. Canned and frozen vegetables can be stored for longer periods and are easy to prepare or add to your favorite recipes.
Cook Several Meals at Once. Save time during the week by preparing your meals on a day when you don’t have as much going on, like Saturday or Sunday. You can easily knock out those nights’ meals plus get a jump start on the rest of the week. Put them in the freezer or fridge, and then all you have to do during the week is take them out and reheat.
These simple shortcuts will help you save time and money and have more time to do the things you enjoy, such as spending time with your family.
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