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Build Your Meals from Like Ingredients to Save Time
Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 27, 2013 @ 8:35 pm In Meal Planning | No Comments
One of the easiest ways to make good use of your time in the kitchen — and maybe reduce it — is to build your meals from like ingredients. That means you might cook a huge batch of chicken one night and serve it as a main dish. You might make Flautas  with some of the chicken the next night. And then use up the rest of the chicken in a Chicken Pot Pie on the third night.
By doing so, you’ve saved yourself a ton of time and effort.
Many, if not most, of the FREE printable meal plans  here on Life as MOM are designed this way. Why spend more time in the kitchen when you could be spending that time with your family or reading a book or building a new project?
For instance, this week’s meal plan  offers the following tips:
By using common ingredients in your week’s meals — all the while combining them in different and exciting ways — you make better use of your resources. You waste less. You still eat well.
This post is part of the Kitchen Time Savers series . You can follow along this month as we explore lots of ways to make more efficient use of our time in the kitchen.
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