Meals

Leftover Grease

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I love to cook, but I despise left over grease!  You can't put it down the sink, you can't dump it into the trash can... It's just a MESS. I had read a long time ago and finally started putting it into practice that when you need to drain grease from your food just put a piece of aluminum foil in a bowl, drain grease into it, freeze THEN throw it in the trash. No mess, Yay!

Lunch packing

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To simplify lunch packing and keeping the fridge organized, I place all sandwich making items (like deli meat, cheese, mustard, etc.) in a single container (such as a Tupperware dish or an old ice bin) in the refrigerator. That way, I pull out one bin that has everything I need, and I save precious morning minutes.

The Lunch Buddy

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So you get to work and notice your going to need a lunch. Eating out is not the best option not healthy and expensive. So hook up with a co-worker. One week you bring the lunch, gotta make something anyway, for yourself, so what's one more? Make it simple and healthy, salad, wraps. Whatever you like, but the next day she brings it. Also a simple way to keep salad fresher longer, and make them ahead of time. Place salad mix in a Mason jar. They stay fresher longer and just grab and go. Good for everyone.

Theme Meals

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Meal planning can be overwhelming, what made it easier for me was to do theme days for every night of the week. We eat breakfast on our busiest night for dinner. Other theme nights are Mexican - tacos, enchiladas, nachos. Italian - spaghetti, lasagna, chicken parmesan. American - hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches. 'Soup Sunday'. Everyone knows what theme for dinner we are having every week and it makes it easier coming up with meals when you can just focus on a type of cuisine.

Pre-Cook

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To save time during the hectic work week and provide healthy meals for the family, on Saturdays (Or your day off) cook brown rice, whole pasta, cut up veggies and put in containers in the frig and these can be added to salads and frozen veggie stir fries all week long with very little to no cooking. What doesn't get used by the end of the week, toss into broth and whip up a soup!

Pre-Cook Hamburger

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When frying up hamburger I fry 2 or 3 pounds instead of just the 1 pound I need.  Drain and freeze the remaining cooked hamburger for a fast dinner when short on time.  Great for pizza or chili or short notice.

Pre-Packing Lunches

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We started this school year by packing our lunches right after dinner. Each of us take a job, such as I make sandwiches, while one daughter packs the fruit and another packs the chips/pretzels. Then the next night, we trade jobs so it’s not so boring. This has been a great team building job and a fun way to pack lunches together in helping each other out, not to mention it cuts the time in half. This has saved us from stressful mornings of rushing around and throwing lunches together, which were usually less healthy.There are several times when our older daughter is gone and our 7 year old daughter has stepped up and packed her lunch for her (what a blessing to watch your kids serve one another!!) Also, we are much more likely to pack up and eat the leftovers since we’re doing it right after dinner. This has saved us from stressful mornings of rushing around and throwing lunches together, which were usually less healthy.

Can Goods

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To lessen the time it takes me to shop I make sure I keep my staple canned goods, cleaning supplies and toiletries in stock. The way I ensure I always have what I need on hand is that I buy 2 of the items when shopping. When I begin using the last item I add 2 to my shopping list - I never run out of what I need!

Monthly Meal Planning

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The BEST thing I ever started doing. With a family on the go, and 2 boys in school and travel sports I was sinking! When it came time for a healthy dinner to put in my families bellies I was scrambling to throw something together, as I was hearing screams of "What’s for dinner?" I have created 3 month long menus to keep in rotation. It didn’t take long. I sat down with a few cook books and made a table/menu on the computer and filled in the boxes complete with the cook book and page number for quick reference. I take 10 minuets each week to create a shopping list based on my menu for the week. If we eat out one night then the menu gets pushed to the next day. Now I don’t run to the store every night and I know how much time I need to get a healthy dinner on the table. No more screams of "What’s for dinner?" it’s posted on the refrigerator. I really enjoy dinner time now!

Two Week Meal Plan

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We make a two-week menu plan for dinners. Each person in the family has a say in what we pick, but the rule is that once the menu is posted on the fridge, there is no complaining about what we are eating that night. It is so nice to not have to worry each night about what we are making. We schedule certain meals around which days are busier (crockpot meals, easy meals, etc.). It's also really cut down on our grocery bill as well!