Happy Monday everyone! (Can I get a collective groan? I am so not a Monday person.) How was everyone’s weekend? I feel kind of cheated out of mine. Hubby & I went out to the casino for date-night, which very quickly stole $40 from each of us. Stupid roulette. Anyway, between losing my money & taking a big midterm, I didn’t quite find time to write a post for today. Luckily, I have this amazing new bloggy friend Angie who wrote this awesome post for me! I learned quite a bit myself from her tips, so check them out and then go leave her some love! So without further ado:
Cooking Tips from the Work at Home Wife
(Or- How Not to Burn the House Down)
When I started my online business and started working from home, I was so excited to begin living out my culinary dreams with exquisite homemade meals everyday. No more Hamburger Helper around here- that was the plan. Needless to say, things don’t always work out as planned. These days when it comes to cooking my husband is usually yelling from kitchen, “Something is boiling over!” Or worse, “Something is burning!” I am a good cook, so why does this happen? Usually because I run back into my office to try to finish something up while supper is cooking.
These are the kitchen tips I’ve used over the past two years to ensure we are eating healthy and homemade, regardless of the time constraints. They also usually keep me from having to fix a second meal after burning the first trying to work and cook at the same time.
1. Freeze it. Your freezer is your friend. Any leftovers from my homemade meals are packaged into individual servings, labeled and frozen for later use. If I’m home alone, I can take one out and still eat well. My husband can take them to work with him to pop in the microwave instead of resorting to fast food. If you have children, what’s more fun than everyone getting their favorite dish at the same time without having to cook something different for them all?
2. The Soup Bucket. I almost always have a “Soup Bucket” started in the freezer. When you have a little leftover roast, pork chops, vegetables, etc. that are not enough for another meal, chop them up and put them in your Soup Bucket for later. When you have little time on your hands this leftover meat and vegetables can quickly be made into soup, a Shepherd’s Pie, or a pot pie with very little effort.
3. Crockpot. My next best friend besides my freezer is my Crockpot. I have found that almost any recipe can be adapted to Crockpot cooking with great results. When you are in your kitchen getting your breakfast or grabbing some lunch, take two extra minutes to throw your ingredients in and you’ll be ready to hit the table come quitting time. It will even take care of that Soup Bucket while you are taking care of business.
4. Once a Month Cooking. With my love of freezing things, it’s no stretch to think I’d be a big fan of Once a Month Cooking. My version of Once a Month Cooking is what I call Make More, Freeze for Later. Next time you’re cooking that made-with-love-lasagna, homemade bread or pizzas, take the few extra minutes to double the recipe and freeze one for later. You will find your family eating those favorite meals a lot more often when you don’t have to find two hours at the end of your day for prep time.
Many women start working from home so they are able to spend more time with their families. I’m a big believer in the phrase “The kitchen is the heart of the home.” We all want strong, healthy hearts and families. Next time you’re cooking, take a few minutes to plan ahead for the next meal. Your family will thank you.
Angie is a Virtual Assistant and writer of The Work at Home Wife blog. You can find her at www.asnvirtualservices.com and www.theworkathomewife.com