When we are busy, our meals can be a little less healthy and not as good for us. So, this month’s organizing challenge is to speed up weeknight cooking processes to decrease eating process foods. Here are some areas to look at and change:
- Pull recipe papers or use sticky tabs in cookbooks to mark the recipe pages that you want to make during the weeknight.
- On Sunday, decide and schedule 3-4 weeknight meals. Then schedule one day for leftovers or another day for dining out if you want. Add all these recipe names on your calendar as a reminder of what to cook each night.
- Review the recipe ingredients for each one. Have a place for your meal ingredients on the counter. I have a plastic container like this and label it “Dinner Time”. Click on the link and you can buy it at Amazon.com.
- Group your ingredients in your pantry by the following categories.
- Other canned food
- Use chopping tools, like this one to speed up the chopping process. I use this one when I have to chop onions. When you click on the image, you can buy it from Amazon.com.
- Keep knives sharp. It’s safer for you when you are cutting and you can cut faster if the blade is sharp.
- Keep your most used pots and pans in the front of your cabinet. Any most frequently used items near your cooking area.
- Pre-cut your veggies in the morning and bag them for evening use.
By taking steps to improve the evening meal prep systems, you will be able to get your meals prepared quicker and will be less likely to grab the processed food. Let me know how you do and if any of these tips help you speed up your meal prep time. If you are looking for new recipes, please come back on Tuesdays. New for 2015: I started posting quick easy meals for families. I hope you come back to visit soon.