Have a Backup Plan & Save Time in the Kitchen

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Have a Backup Plan to Save Time in the Kitchen | Life as MOM

How many times has your dinner plan backfired on you? For me, at least once a week, if not more often. What I’ve found is that one of three things can happen:

  • I can spend extra time fiddling in the kitchen figuring out what to make or how to salvage my original plan.
  • I can go for take-out.
  • I can turn to a back-up plan.

I’ll take door #3, Bob.

Have a backup plan.

What I’ve found is that if I have a backup plan and the accompanying groceries, dinner happens pretty quickly, sometimes more quickly than my original plan could have — if it had obeyed.

Last fall I created a list of 12 Easy Meals to Make When There’s “Nothing” to Eat. This year I followed it up with 6 MORE Easy Meals to Make When There’s “Nothing” to Eat. These lists have been invaluable to me in getting meals on the table without shelling out too much cash or spending too much time.

Have a backup plan, and you’ll save time in the kitchen.

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  1. Hey there! I just fuond your blog and am very happy about it! YOu post a wide variety of useful information that I can definitely apply to my own family. I know too well the feeling of being stretched for time (and energy!)
    Keep up the good work!
    Kate M

  2. I ALWAYS need a back up plan when I do a big freezer cooking session. It feels wrong given the aim of the project, but I usually take a break to eat a store-bought frozen burrito or one from a local joint. This is how it happens.

    My husband approaches the kitchen and timidly asks whether I have thought about what we’re actually going to eat TODAY in the midst of all this cooking. I say: Oh, I was just going to put together {fill in the blank}. He responds: Yeah, you could do that. But it seems like you’ve got a lot going on right now. I could just run and grab some burritos. I scowl and protest (because it violates the spirit of my freezing cooking project), and then I relent. A while later I very happily eat my delicious burrito, throw away the wrapper and get back to cooking. I fall in love with him a little more each time this happens. He knows me so well.

    I think you’ve posted on this type of situation before but I haven’t yet gotten around to working it into my plan from the get-go. For now, this is my back up. On a regular night, my back up is all those freezer meals I prepared (thanks to your inspiration)!

  3. I can relate! I actually freezer cook about every 3 months with a group of friends. We always plan to go out to dinner or get pizza together that night with our families. We all look forward to it! I see it as a reward for the freezer cooking! =)

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