Life in Mascara: FEED YOUR FREEZER: SAVE TIME & MONEY

Friday, June 10, 2016

FEED YOUR FREEZER: SAVE TIME & MONEY


It's not even about a dreaded case of the Monday's. It's more like time seems to get away from me in unexpected bursts. I can look at the clock and see that I have two hours until dinner time, blink (minor nap may or may not have happened), and the next thing I know husband and the kids are rolling in hungry as can be. 

I work a full time job, run this blog, and carry my home. As much as a planner as I am, things can and do get away from me. When I get home at the end of the day, sometimes cooking is the last thing that I want to do. It is literally go, go, go as soon as I get home because bedtime at our house is 8:30 p.m. for everyone. Yes, including me because I am up around 5 a.m. each day and I need to sleep to function. In order not to fall behind on all the other house and life duties, I started to think how I could save myself some time, hassle, and in the end money while attacking dinner since ordering out is just that easy. Here is what I came up with:

1. Meal Planning: Keep it simple. Yes we all love a grand meal but during the work week simple dishes work best. Save yourself the headache of using every pan you own to create your masterpiece. Instead, save it for the weekend when you have more time. Sometimes, I actually like to save it for date night. Husband and I will break out a bottle of wine and cook a delicious meal together. That way the work load is shared and we enjoy spending time together.

2. Crock-Pot: Now don't laugh but in order for this to work you actually have to plug in your crock-pot to turn it on. I can't tell you how many times I have set it to low and ran out the door only to come home to an uncooked meal. This will result in loss of money as this food is no longer safe to eat and chances are you will order out. There are a few full meals that I like to make but I also find it really helpful to make a batch of food that will later be used for a variety of things. For example, if I make a big batch of beans then I have them to accompany meals for the week. I also like to cook chicken and then shred it to make chicken salad, tacos, or soup. Be prepared though. Crock-pot cooking often leads to large batches of food which leads me to my next point. 

3. Feed Your Freezer: Take full advantage of those large crock pot meals and immediately set a side a dinner/lunch portion that you can freeze and enjoy later. When we make large batches of soup, I freeze half of it and then enjoy it a few weeks later. I can not tell you what a blessing they have become! I am so thankful that on nights when I just can't even think straight, dinner is literally sitting in my freezer waiting for me to be heated up. Plus it makes me feel good knowing I didn't waste any leftovers, I made this meal, and in nearly no time, we are all sitting around the dinner table as a family. Now remember they don't have to be crock pot meals. Like my friend says, "You can freeze anything." I don't think I need to mention that her lunches are the envy of the entire lunchroom.


3 comments:

  1. Crockpots are excellent especially if you're going to have some late nights. PLUS your house smells amazing when you get home!

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  2. I like the phrase "feed your freezer" what a fantastic idea! I spend yesterday meal prepping for the week preparing 3 separate meals that I can now just grab and go out of the fridge.

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  3. Ha ha, yes, plugging the crock pot will help cook the food! I get it.....Just when you think your hot meal is waiting for you and the family, you come home to an uncooked meal! Well glad you are finding what really works.

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