Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Setting Your Kitchen up for Success

If you are like me, the nutrition gatekeeper of the family, it can be a challenge to get a good, nutritious meal on the table in a timely manner without too much stress. Being that I'm pretty organized I have developed a system that works for us. Here are some tips you can try.

  • Plan ahead! It takes about 10-15 minutes every week that you dedicate any day that is convenient for you. This dedicated time will save you a TON of stress & frustration during the week.
  • Raid the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. You probably have something that you can use to put together a menu, whether it's frozen hamburgers or leftover beans, you can always build a meal or side item from these. Use what you have on hand to prevent from wasting or over-buying.
  • Put together a menu for the week. At my house, I plan a dinner menu based on what we having going on during the week. I usually do this one day during the weekend, then I know what we will have for the entire week. I then jot down a few things we will have for breakfast and lunch as needed. I don't get as specific with the days for these because it's easier for me to throw something together.
  • Jot down your grocery list based on what you will be cooking for the week. This way you are sure to have everything you need for your meals. It's also important to keep the grocery list accessible for everyone in the household to make additions as needed.
These are a few of my ideas to keep sanity in the house and food in the tummy. I'd love to hear what works for you!

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