The way that I maximize my time throughout the day, especially when it comes to making meals for my family, is to double up on my kitchen efforts. Never walk in the kitchen to do one thing, without doing two or three. Multi-task your kitchen time to get more out of each moment spent in that room.
For example, when I start the coffee pot in the morning and am pouring my “get-my-brain-functioning” cup of joe, I will also plug in the crock pot and put in my stew meat, can of diced tomatoes (don’t drain the juice!) and baby carrots. I can add the celery and other, softer items later when I’m making lunch, but at least this way I know that dinner has a plan and is already started.
The key to trying to save time on meal preparation is to know ahead of time what you will be making. Maybe you are going to do a chicken casserole instead of the crock pot today. When you are making or drinking your coffee, take the chicken out of the freezer to begin thawing out so later this afternoon you aren’t trying to cut corners or having to waste time defrosting the meat.
During the lunch hour I will think ahead to dinner and see what else is needed. It’s easy enough to get out dinner items while putting lunch away for the day! Try doubling up what you do in the kitchen and see how much more smoothly your day goes when you already know what’s for dinner!
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