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Life Hack 101

Making More Than One Lunch A Day

img_8594I had a revelation the other day. I have never seen this before but, I found it to be a lifesaver idea, one I wish I had thought of years ago.

I get up early and make my husband’s lunch every day. While, for the most part, I do not mind, there are, however, some mornings I just can not get woke up enough to want to do it.

The other day when I was really tired, I had this wonderful idea to not only make his lunch for that morning but I made one for the next day as well. This enabled me to have the next morning off. This is a huge score for me.

This will work well for the parents who make their kid’s school lunches every day. If you do not like doing this chore every morning, consider trying this method and see if it works well for you too.

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Preparing Meals In Advance

Life Hack 101

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My friend, are you tired of having to prepare meals every day and struggle like myself in deciding what will be for supper?

Try this handy life hack, prepare a weeks worth of meals all at one time. As you are making one meal consider preparing several others at the same time.

I did this on Sunday and I am so thankful I did. It took me two hours which in the spectrum of the time saved this week was well worth the effort.

Several of the meals I prepared in advance are included below…

  • meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, and frozen peas and carrots
  • saute’ed mushrooms, onions, and cooked chicken chunks served over a bed of riced cauliflower and salute’ed asparagus
  • baked chicken, mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, Brussel sprouts
  • chicken tostados
  • beef and cheese nachos
  • homemade pizza

I precooked all the meats and separated into meal portions.

I peeled and diced potatoes and placed in plastic bags according to their portion size. I put a small amount of water in the bags and then froze them. This keeps the potatoes from browning while waiting for their meal to be cooked.

I used my food processor to cut a head of cauliflower into riced pieces. After I cut the cauliflower into rice form, I placed in a bag and put in the freezer to keep it from turning mushy while I wait for its meal day.

I made my homemade pizza dough ahead of time as well. I placed in an oiled plastic bag and refrigerated until I am ready for its meal.

As for my vegetables, half of them are already frozen while some are fresh with no preparation work required.

My friends, this has been such a helpful way to save time in daily meal planning.

I will be posting the recipes to these meals as I have time to write them up.

Here are a few pictures meals I prepared over the weekend.

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Beef and Cheese Nachos
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Meatloaf
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Mushrooms Onions and Chicken
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Riced Cauliflower
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Peeled and Cubed Potatoes

 

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Homemade Pizza Dough
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Calming The Thanksgiving Chaos

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With Thanksgiving knocking on our door, it isn’t too late to be thinking about advanced preparations. Now is the time to be pulling this big day all together.

Today

BF9BAA99-AB37-4A62-86A7-EDCE0B6F0C97If you haven’t already done so, start your list today.

Plan for your dinner including appetizers and deserts.

Plan out your table and place settings (if you do this). At this point, simplicity would be your greatest friend. Use what you have already and repurpose things around the house to make your table scape beautiful. Nature makes for great table settings. Plan what you love because your thoughts and preparations will come easily and quickly to you.

Once you have the food list prepared, go to your kitchen and do an inventory of what you already have and what you need still. If you use a recipe, drag out the cook book and look at the ingredients to determine what you still need to purchase.

Make a shopping list according to what you are cooking and preparing.

Today is the day you need to shop. Make the time at some point to do this. You will be happy with yourself tomorrow if you do.

Try to make a half hour in your day or night to tidy your house by doing a chore that is bothering you thus freeing your mind of that chore or cleaning. Does this mean you do a couple of loads of laundry (making sure you have plenty of dish cloths to get through all your cooking, baking and cleaning up from your Thanksgiving dinner), vacuuming your house or mopping the kitchen floor? Do only what is bothering you, but the objective is to free you mind of this burden.

Lastly, sit down and prepare your list for baking or advanced preparation work for your big dinner. The key here is time efficiency. If you plan your baking and cooking accordingly, you will spend less time in the kitchen. The key to time efficiency is planning your cooking being sure you are not wasting time while things are baking or cooking. Planning ahead prevents this from occurring, freeing you more time to do something else.

Wednesday

This is the best day to bake your pies, breads, cookies and side dishes.  Pull out your list and start precooking and prepping and baking your pies, breads, appetizers, relishes, potatoes, and vegetables that are ok to rewarm without them tasting badly. It may be a lot of work, but you will be thankful you did it today and not tomorrow.

Thursday

The day of Thanksgiving shouldn’t be a day of stress for you. There is more then enough work that needs to be done that day, so if you take or make the time to invest in your preparations, you will be able to enjoy the beauty in the day.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who follow me. I am thankful and blessed by all who take the time to read what I write. It is truly my heart’s desire to touch others through my words of encouragement.