In today’s busy life, we are all busy working 9-5 and then ferrying the kids to their various clubs and after school activities, that we don’t always have time to make home cooked meal every night. I have some time saving tips so you can capture that home cooked meal every night!
Invest in a slow cooker you can prepare the ingredients the night before and then in the morning pop it on, you will then come back to a welcoming smell as you open the front door ;o)
Batch cooking, this is a great idea especially on those nights where you might just need to feed yourself, no more raiding the cupboards for some quick inspiration as its 8pm, the kids are in bed and you are starving! So, you settle for a cheese toastie! You can batch cook lots of dishes from stew, lasagna, chilli, bolognaise etc freeze them in a single portion then you can just grab one out and you have a yummy home cooked meal that will certainly taste better than out of a packet!
Plan your meals for the week, not only does this save you some pennies but you know exactly what you are going to eat each night. Take 5 minutes before you write your shopping list and think about what you are doing for next 5 nights say, plan your meals around your normal activities, so if you know on Wednesday you are going to be in late from ferrying the kids around, slot in an omelette or a curry that you cook in your slow cooker. Plan in your batch cooking so set some time aside at the weekend so you can make up big batch of spag bol or soup to take to work that week. The other thing I find really useful is to by some extras so you can quickly make a ham with peppers & mushroom omelette if things go really pair shaped!
I have adopted this in our busy family of 5 lifestyle and it saves us a huge amount of money each week, I don’t have to rack my brains each day to think what am I going to cook tonight and on the nights that its late and I’m starving I can quickly make my go to omelette or pasta!
Let me know how you get on and perhaps we can share some fav recipes!
Here is one of mine for spaghetti bolognese
Ingredients serves 6
500g lean beef mince
Onions, finely chopped
Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
1 Beef stock cube
Pinch of sugar
sprinkle of Oregano
sprinkle of pepper
1 garlic clove
Chop up the pepper into strips, the mushrooms into quarters.
In a large pan put a good splash or olive oil or low cal spray and add the mince. Break up using a wooden spatula over a low heat. Then add the onion, pepper and mushrooms and sauté until soft and the mince has browned
Add the tin of tomatoes, passata, garlic, oregano, crumble in the beef stock cube and a pinch of sugar. Stir and then cover with a lid over a low heat for about 30 minutes. Or if you are making in your slow cooker put on low heat setting.
Serve with spaghetti or spiralised veg