Preparing for the week
This tip is about preparing for the week and how to maximize your time in the kitchen.
- Anytime you cook meat (IE: chicken, beef, pork.) make sure you prepare double the amount. This way you can use half the meat for tonights dinner and the other half freeze for another night. This will make you one step ahead of the game.
- Often times if you go to a grocery store LATE at night you can get 1/2 off on rotisserie chickens. This is the time to stock up! Just take off all the meat and freeze in a bag. Next time your recipe calls for cooked chicken you have it all ready to go. Whether its a soup, casserole, or stew it will take you less time to fix. Dont throw away the bones freeze those as well. Next time someone in the family gets sick and you make chicken noodle soup add the bones which make an excellent broth!
- Next time you have too many eggs in the fridge boil them. They make a great snack, egg salad sandwich, or salad add in.
- Remember the cooked frozen chicken you have? If you’re looking for a quick easy dinner try making… fajitas, tacos, salads, or a pasta dish. My favorite is penne alfredo with grilled chicken strips. Oh dont forget to add the roasted broccoli or sun dried tomatoes..
- Next time you buy veggies chop, slice, and dice them in separate containers. If you really want to be like your favorite top chef you will definitely use this tip. Have pre-sliced veggies makes salads a breeze, soups and stews a quick meal, and your life much easier! (do not freeze as the veggies will get mushy).
- If you still have leftover cooked meat in your freezer try making a gourmet sandwich/panini out of it, pot pie, or pasta dish.
- Boil the whole box of pasta and not just half. With your remaining pasta make a pasta salad. Try adding some of your sliced veggies, frozen meat, and some salad dressing.
- Next time you have meat loaf on the menu make double the amount and turn half of the mixture to meatballs and freeze. This will make meatball and spaghetti night super easy!