Hahaha, if I knew the answer to that I’d be one chilled mamma. As far as feeding my family goes, though, I’ve had some thoughts, and that’s a start at least.
I’ve always planned my meals a week in advance. It means that I don’t have to come up with ideas on busy week nights and it helps me with my weekly shopping list. Things don’t always go to plan in this house, though (no surprise in a family with four kids), so I still find myself throwing food away. How do I get around that? Maybe find a couple of meals that I can cook to use up veg on the turn. Soup and curry would work well and could easily go in the freezer once cooked if we can’t eat them straight away.
Dust off the slow cooker
I love the idea of using my slow cooker – quickly bunging a load of ingredients into the pot before leaving the house in the morning and coming home to a fantastic meal. In real life, though, I’ve struggled to find slow cooker meals that all the family enjoy and the best tasting ones tend to need preparation (like browning off meat) that I just don’t have time to do while trying to get everyone ready for their day at school/nursery/work. I’m going to experiment over the colder months and will share any recipes that get the thumbs up.
I love this idea – spending a couple of hours in the kitchen sorting out several meals that you can store in the freezer or eat through the week. Because all the preparation is done in one go it will save time and will definitely help me feel ready for the week ahead. I’ve been running down our freezer for the last couple of weeks so that I can keep extra meals in there. I’m going to challenge myself (I’m a sucker for a challenge!) to cook for the week next weekend, I’ll add the results on here.
Meal prep in bulk
Similarly Pintrest has suggestions on how to prepare meat and veg for several meals at once, then store them in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to cook them. I might give this a go in the future, though I worry that I might end up prepping meals then putting them in the freezer and forgetting about them!
I’ll add more ideas to this as I think of them, have you got any tips that I’ve missed?