Do you feel like you’re always in the kitchen and that’s all you do all day?
Has the thought “do the kids really need another meal?” flittered across your tired mind?
I don’t have kids yet (Lil’ Junior is on the way though!), but I have felt like I’m spending the majority of my day in the kitchen.
And after a couple of weeks my awesome husband sweetly told me he thought I spent too much time in the kitchen (he's really Progressive like that).
He told me we needed to find a way to minimize the amount of time and work so that I wasn’t exhausting myself every day. (I told you he’s awesome and sweet!)
At first I wasn’t sure how or what I could do. I am the one primarily making the meals and cleaning up the kitchen. What can one person do? Or so I thought…
Then one afternoon, I was making lunch and looked at the clock. An exhausted feeling drenched me as I thought, I’m going to have to start dinner in just two hours to get it on the table in time…and I need a nap. I so need a nap.
When you’re growing a human it takes a lot of energy, and naps. Lots of naps. 😉 But in that light bulb moment I made a decision to take action and save time, and it’s been saving me lots of time ever since!
Time-Saving Tip #1: Make Two Meals at The Same Time
This was my little epiphany! And it’s not as hard as it sounds.
While my delicious honey mustard chicken baked in the oven I had thirty minutes until it was done. I decided I would try to beat the timer and get my amazing paleo beef stew ready to cook in the Instant Pot.
And I did it!
Granted, I had made this recipe once before and it had taken me twice as long. So you may want to use recipes that you know, or go for that challenge and make a new recipe under a time limit!
But once I had it stewing away in my Instant Pot, I was done. Dinner would be ready and all I had to do was set the table.
Cha-ching! Time saved!
Time-Saving Tip #2: Utilize Freezer Meals
Do you have leftovers?
Enough for another meal?
Freeze them for a rainy day!
You can thaw it out on a day when you don’t have the time to make a meal. Or you can double a favorite recipe and freeze it for another meal. You can leave it in the freezer for a long time so whether you need it this week or next month, it’s up to you, mama!
Time-Saving Tip #3 Wash The Dishes…Every Single Time
If you have a dishwasher, use it! Load that baby up every chance you get, and teach a little one to help you unload it.
If you are like me and are without a dishwasher, it can be very tempting to leave the dishes until say dinner time, or even for breakfast the next morning. (I am guilty of this!)
I highly encourage you not to do that.
The food and liquids on the dishes will solidify and harden and will lengthen the time it takes to wash the dishes.
Whereas if you wash the dishes right after the meal it’s easy clean up.
I’m going to share a little secret with you; I don’t dry my dishes. I let the air do that for me. Isn’t that so sweet of the air to be available all the time to dry my dishes?
I know there is advice out there that says not to do that, but I do it anyway, because this works for me.
It’s simple, just putting away the dishes, and washing the next batch, and bam! I’m done with my dishes!
I hope these are tips that help you! I’m all about saving time, it’s our most valuable asset, and think of where else you could be spending that precious time of yours.
Was this helpful? Are there strategies you have honed to help you save time in the kitchen? I’d love to know what they are!