As busy mom entrepreneurs, we wear many different hats. Between raising our families and growing our businesses, life can get pretty hectic. But that’s no excuse for eating crappy food.
Melissa Holloway, Holistic Nutritionist and owner of Beautiful Life Nutrition, shares her top kitchen time savers for busy families.
1. Start the “Sunday Night Ritual”
Integrate 1-2 hours on Sundays to plan and prepare meals. Get your family involved in helping you to prepare the meals for the week by giving everyone an appropriate job, like chopping food items or storing food in containers.
2. Boil It
Boil a bunch of eggs (between 6 and 12 depending on your family’s needs) at a time and refrigerate. Hard-boiled eggs will last at least 5 days in the fridge and are a great compact snack.
3. Don’t Be Chicken
Cook 8 chicken breasts at a time. Grill, bake or broil with your favorite seasonings. Great for slicing over salad or even eating half of a breast as a snack. Keep 3-4 in the fridge and individually freeze the rest. Take out a frozen breast the night before and defrost in the refrigerator.
4. Chop Chop
Chop up vegetables and store in individual containers. Chop up your favourites to eat raw. A good tip for making them last is to wrap them in an unbleached coffee filter to absorb the water.
5. Eat Your Greens
Wash entire heads of lettuce and chop for salads. Store lettuce in a suitable container. If it is already chopped up it is much easier to make a salad in the morning for lunch. OR splurge and buy the pre-washed organic tub of baby spinach, baby kale or baby romaine.
6. Soup it Up
Make a large batch of soup. Store 2-3 servings in the fridge and the rest in individual containers to keep in the freezer.
7. Stir-Fry Crazy
Throw a big bunch of vegetables into a wok and stir-fry. Refrigerate in individual containers so meals are ready to serve. Add chicken breast or piece of fish. This way dinner is almost ready without having to cook when you get home. If not overcooked, it keeps really well for a couple days.
8. Lovely Legumes
Open and rinse cooked beans or lentils until they stop foaming. Measure 1/2 cup servings and store in individual containers. Keeps for 2 – 3 days.
9. Freezer Games
Pick 1 – 3 recipes to cook ahead of time and freeze. Take out the night before, or in the morning and refrigerate so it will be defrosted by dinner time. Add a side of stir-fry or salad. Check out Beautiful Life Wellness Community member’s page: Secret Diary of a Stay At Home MOM. She has some great posts on freezer meals.
Create a standard grocery list of the foods you need on a weekly basis.
What are your favourite kitchen time saving hacks? Share with us in the comments below!