Prepping Early

Okay, so now that the hard part is over, we’ll break it down some!  Prepping food in advance is something I find to be the most helpful thing to getting you in and out of the kitchen without the stress of  prep and cook all at once.

You can prep food a day in advance, for a few days or a whole week at a time.  Doing as much as you can at once, may leave you in the kitchen longer on one day, but it cuts down on your clean up and prep time throughout the week! Less clean up. Check. Less time in the kitchen. Check. More time doing what you want to do.  Check!  Let’s walk through some ways you can prep in advance. I guess these aren’t really steps, just ideas.

1. Bake for the week.  We like baked goods around here. A lot. One thing I like doing is baking a dozen or so muffins or a loaf of banana bread on the weekends. You can have a great weekend breakfast that will last for days!  My favorite site for finding great baked breakfast goods is this.

2. Put frozen meats into the fridge to thaw so they’re ready when you need them.

3. Make casseroles, lasagnas or soups to freeze. All you have to do is pull them out when you’re ready for them.

4. Set out all the ingredients you can the night before.

5. If you’re cooking things that require lots of cutting {like stir-fry veggies or potato wedges}, do that in advance.

6. When you get home from the grocery, go ahead and wash that lettuce and cut those strawberries.  I know for us, if it’s not cut when we want it, we won’t eat it.  You’re more likely to grab the already washed grapes when you’re hungry.

7. I know this sounds dumb, but if you brown bag it to work every day, pack your lunch the night before. Super helpful for getting out the door quicker in the mornings.

8. Utilize a crock pot. What’s better than coming home to dinner already made up!

Spend some extra time in the kitchen one day to save more time throughout the week.  I think this is the most helpful step of the week and I would love to hear ideas of how you guys save time in the kitchen by prepping in advance.


2 thoughts on “Prepping Early

  1. Would love to hear some suggestions for crock pot recipes. I’ve used mine once since getting married. I’m hoping to find some non-chili-esque recipes to make in it. (Trevor hates chili.) Also some more soups. But I don’t even know where to start. If you have suggestions, let me know!

    One tip I’ve heard (from a momma of 7 kids) is to double every recipe you make. It’s not that much more expensive to double, and then you freeze half for later. I can see how that could come in handy.

    • Kristi, You could buy a whole chicken and stuff it with onions, celery and carrots. Let it cook all day. Whatever you have left over from it you can use to make chicken noodle soup! I don’t know if you all like bbq but putting a pork roast {?} in for the day, shredding it before dinner and covering it in bbq makes for great sandwiches. Also you can do just a basic pot roast, with potatoes, celery and carrots.

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