Friday, October 03, 2008

10 MINUTE PREP... 101

I know most of you ladies and gents work full time, everyday... and to me,
that makes your life ten times as stressful as mine.
YOU have TWO full time JOBS!
Parent AND worthy employee!
I have also personally heard from many of you that you would love to do some sort of prep
to ease the burden of getting a meal on the table.
I might have solution for you. Why not break up prep time into 10 minutes spurts every morning or evening?
For example... Sunday evening, jot down a rough list of "Dinners for the week", just some things you know you have food on hand for, that won't require a long shopping trip for multiple things.
Then, set a timer for 10 minutes and do something that will prepare you for the next meal. Don't stop prepping until the timer beeps. Then... PUT DOWN YOUR UTENSILS, and put things away, and WALK AWAY FROM THE KITCHEN!
Do the same thing the next evening.
You are already in the kitchen making dinner anyway, so use 10 minutes to do something for the next day. Chop an onion, peel potatoes, defrost something, pre cook something, set the table, gather all ingredients and put them within reach for the next day, make the Sangria, Make the iced tea,
just DO SOMETHING TO EASE THE TIME CRUNCH THE NEXT DAY! in only 10 minute spurts!
I hope this helps you!
I have been doing this with breakfast for my men.
I set out the bowls, spoons, cereal, toaster, oatmeal, pre mix eggs, pre chop veggies or prep all ingredients for scones, and have the wet ingredients in fridge, and all I have to do is mix the dry and wet and bake them off in the morning.
OH! and NO! They do not eat all that stuff every morning. They usually have one from that list, but I prep what they want the night before, or I have them do it.


angela said...

Little things that get done here and there do help out.

kathyc said...

Meal planning is my biggest time saver! When I have the "energy" I remember your prepping suggestions and sometimes cook two meals at the same time. Not as often as I'd like, but I'll get there!