Crock pots and other meal making timesavers are your solution after a long, hard day at the office. Let's face it, the last thing you feel like doing is rushing home to prepare the delicious home cooked meal your family deserves. Mealtime is very important and should be treated so. Even though it may seem impossible to get organized, there are quite a few options when planning your family meals to make preparation simple and fun. Below are just a few ideas to help with meal making timesavers.
Invest in a Crock Pot
So many people already own this wonderful kitchen device, yet the crock pot is stored in the back of the cabinet and in some cases, never used. The moment has come for you to realize just how much the crock pot can turn out to be your very best kitchen companion and time saver.
There is nothing quite like coming home from work, opening the front door and smelling the delicious scents of dinner just waiting for you. So, why don't more people take advantage of this fabulous kitchen tool? Well, you probably didn't realize just how easy it is to get everything quickly put together. You can even gather all your ingredients the night before, so in the morning, you are good to go.
There are many crock pot cookbooks available like "The Fix-it and Forget-it" Cookbook. You can also find, literally, thousands of recipes at your fingertips on the web. As you experiment and try new recipes, be sure to create a file with your favorites for future use. It is time to get out the crock pot, wash off the dust and surprise your family with a home-cooked meal tonight. What could be better than a meal ready for the table once you walk through the door!
Cook Multiple Meals at One Time
When you plan ahead, you can make magic happen. For example, buy your meat in bulk which is also much cheaper. One example of a bulk purchase can be ground beef. There are so many different meals you can create with chop meat such as sloppy Joes, tacos, meaty sauce, chili, hamburgers, meatloaves, meatballs and more. Simply purchase about 6-8 pounds of ground beef at one time. When you get home from the market, divide the meat into approximately one pound sections.
Remember, when you are working with only one type of meat at a time, cooking and preparation is much easier. Brown your meat for tacos, chili, meat for sauce and sloppy Joes altogether; once browned and drained, you can divide into separate pots on the stove to add the required seasonings. After cooling, place each type into zip lock freezer storage bags. Be sure to mark the contents and date on the outside of each bag. Simply place in the freezer, minus the meat for sauce.
Put on a pot of tomato sauce using your favorite recipe, add the browned meat and simmer on the stove before dividing into two separate containers for two different meals. Place sauce in the freezer for spaghetti with meat sauce on one night and home-made pizza with meat sauce on another. Now you are up to five completed dinners!
Prepare two separate meatloaves, using the same or different recipes for each. This can easily be done while waiting for your meat to brown for above recipes. Put the two shaped meatloaves into a pre-heated oven until cooked. Once cooked and cooled, place each meatloaf in its own freezer bag marked with the date. How easy is that! You have prepared enough for seven separate meals in just a few hours.
Use this same idea with chicken, turkey, pork and more. Once you get the hang of it, you will always have a quick dinner on hand.