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There is never enough time in the day, is there? If you go to work and have at least one child that’s two jobs right there! Add into the mix looking after the pets, keeping on top of the laundry, and paying the bills, and that adds up to probably 7,645 jobs! I'm exaggerating of course, but it can feel like there is so much to do in your life that finding time for the important things seems like a mammoth task. Eating healthily has gotten so much more difficult now! So what can you do to make sure that you and your family are eating healthily while also saving yourself some time! There are many hacks going around, and here are my favorites.
An absolute life saver, batch cooking meals and splitting them up into portions before freezing them means that whenever you need a meal for the next day, take it out of the freezer the night before and let it defrost naturally. You can then put it in the microwave for a quick and easy meal or if you’ve got a meal like a lasagna you can put it back in the oven to crisp up. It doesn’t have to be just your main meals, there are healthy desserts you can make in advance and freeze. Pancakes can be made up, and separated with some wax paper and placed in the freezer. Take them out and sprinkle with your choice of topping and there you go! Check out https://www.mygreatrecipes.com/collection/pancakes/ for pancake recipes if you get tired of the same old recipe after a while! The only real downside to batch cooking is that you have to spend an entire day in the kitchen, and I mean an entire day! The kitchen will be your office from 8 in the morning until 8 at night, but in doing the math, it’s much better to spend a 12 hour day doing the equivalent of 15 meals than it is to spend 2 hours each night on one meal!
The great thing about getting a slow cooker, or crock pot, is that it takes the whole stress of cooking away! Just put all your ingredients in there and turn it on! Come back 5 to 7 hours later, and you’ve got a meal ready and waiting. This is great when you have to work and then pick up the kids on your way home. Plus, your home will smell great as soon as you walk through the door! People mainly choose to make soups and stews with their crock pot, but you can make wonderful meals like a chili and curries that are full of flavor. You can cook up some rice beforehand and freeze up the portions, so you don’t have to do any preparation. You can do the same with some vegetables, like broccoli if you're on a low-carb kick. The trick to making time work for you is to find meals that will give you the opportunity to cut corners. And with meals that can be frozen or slow-cooked, you have the option of putting many vegetables in the mix so that you have a balanced diet and great-tasting food!