Take one morning, afternoon, or evening to prepare the staples of your menu for the week. Preparing food ahead cuts down on time menu planning, preparing, cooking and cleanup, and takes the hassle out of home cooked meals. You can cook up bacon, heat as you need through the week for breakfast. Cook your meat and freeze or prepare casseroles and place in freezer, I like to write on top what it is and how to cook. For example: Chicken pot pie, bake at 350 for 45 minutes. This way if I am running late someone can go ahead and start supper. You get a home cooked meal and not have to stress so much, plus redusing your time spent in the kitchen during your busy week!