Meals

Meals for the Week

Category: Meals

My husband works second shift so on Mondays when I cook I make three or four meals to last the week so I have more time each evening to be with my three children. I have them help me and ask what the best and worst part of their day is to keep it fun. Makes for great conversation and lessons.

Crock Pot Cleaning

Category: Meals

After using the crock pot. Fill the pot with soapy water and clean using any dryer sheet. Then use soap and water after. Will come clean no matter what was cooked. No soaking needed. Will save time and clean up will be much easier.

Grocery List

Category: Meals

When preparing your grocery list, decide on the dinner recipes your family will eat, and you won't deviate too much from the list. I like to hang the weekly menu on the fridge as well. Everyone looks forward to taco salad night.

Family Size Packages

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Buy family size packages of ground beef (they are usually cheaper per pound) and either make up 2-4 meatloaves at one time & put in freezer or cook all ground beef, rinse in hot water to get rid of excess grease and freeze in small portions for a quick meal like tacos, chili, sloppy joes, hamburger helper, etc.

Weekly Meal Planning

Category: Meals

I used to work two full-time jobs, and this was so convenient for me to use on a daily basis...and my husband can even follow these simple plans! First, write down every meal that your family likes to have for dinner onto a piece of paper. Make columns for beef, chicken, pork, fish and pasta. Once you write these items into the columns, take out your calendar and write one from each category into a space for the week. On the nights where you know you will be running a lot (kid activities, church night, etc.), write in something that you will make earlier in the week that can be used as leftovers to reheat that night. For example, I might make an oven roast on Sunday night - then on Wednesday night, we will just reheat those items and have dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes! By doing this, not only will you find that you can shop easier, but you will also save money, and you NEVER have the same meal more than twice in the entire month (and you can avoid eating beef more than once per week)!

Recipe Key

Category: Meals

There are many websites that help with meal planning. Here is just one that helps you find recipes based on ingredients you have on hand. It has many other features to help simplify your planning. Best of all it is free. http://www.recipekey.com

Preventing Pasta From Sticking to the Pan

Category: Meals

If you put about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the water before it starts boiling (just to avoid fires) the pasta will not stick to the pan. :)

To Make Cookies Soft

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To make cookies soft put them in an air tight container such as a zip lock bag. Put in one piece of bread. The cookies will be soft and the bread will be hard hard

Covering Leftovers or Dishes to Microwave

Category: Meals

Put disposable shower caps on leftovers and when reheating things in the microwave. They are so cheap on ebay and the cheap ones work the best. I have used 1000s for covering things: yeast bread, dinner plates, bowls and then just throw them away.  Also there is no microwave to clean up.

Meal Planning

Category: Meals

Take time to plan menus to make grocery shopping more efficient and cost effective. Plan a day of leftovers into the menu to prevent having to cook at least one night per week. Keep the menus with the grocery lists to make future shopping and planning quick and easy.