This year I’m going to try and go easier on myself…at least in the kitchen. I don’t know about you, but I am a one woman show in there. Yes, sadly my hubby doesn’t cook. So I produce the vittles for my youngans. (Don’t asked my why I just went country.) Anyhow, I have found it quite a struggle to keep meal’s ready to go in the house. It means I have spent so much time in the kitchen cooking. Not only did this kill an entire day (when I only get two off a week.) but I was tired and annoyed by the end of it.
Enter the crockpot…ahh the magical invention that I have just rediscovered last month. The coaching group I am in created a Crockpot challenge to keep us eating healthy in December. This made me fall in love with my slow cooker.
Even though I thought I had things pretty together in the kitchen. I discovered I was doing a lot the hard way. I was trying to cook for the whole week in one day. Not only did this leave me exhausted on Sunday but I only ended up getting to two real meals. This left us with nothing I but snacks and frozen pre-packaged stuff (eww) by Wedneday.
The other problem I was encountering and still struggle with is time. By the time I get my kids from aftercare (yes, aftercare one of the necessary evils in a working mom’s world) and get home, I have literally a half hour total to make dinner. Then it’s time to get them ready to wind down for bed. It stinks! So heat and eat is the only way to go if I want to spend anytime with them.
This delemia and my newfound crockpot knowledge have lead me to the conclusion I was doing meal planning all wrong. Well, to be honest I wasn’t even meal planning at all. I was kinda winging it. So here is my conclusion. I can either start meal planning myself, which I don’t know if I can do seeing as I was not successful in the past. The other option is I can find a pay meal planning service to give me suggestions and a shopping list to go by. Have any of you used one of these services? How did you like it? If you do meal planning on your own what resources do you use?
I have a few ideas simmering right now of things I’m going to try out and will bring you more information on this in a future post. For now I would love some suggestions on how you meal plan. What shortcuts do you use to save time in the kitchen and still keep it healthy?