Saturday, February 26, 2011

How to get ahead in the kitchen:   reposting this article that was really helpful:

Here are two of the simplest ways I’ve found to get ahead in the kitchen:

1.  Cook or bake just one extra thing each day, if at all possible.  This might mean that you brown up several pounds of hamburger to have on hand for an easy casserole, tacos, sloppy joes, etc.  Or it might be that you whip up some snacks to have on hand for the kids.  Or maybe you could cook up some brown rice to have for simple meal prep the next day.  It doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming.  But if you happen to be home and have a few extra moments during the day, utilize it for cooking up a little something extra to make for convenience on those days you barely have time to cook at all because you’re running around crazy-like.
2.  If you’re mixing up one batch, you might as well mix up two (or three) batches.  You’re already making a mess.  You’re already getting out the needed ingredients.  Why not double or triple up the recipe and make plenty of extra of whatever it is you’re making, then put the leftovers in the freezer for a busy day.  I love doing this with Whole Wheat Waffles, Easy Lasagnas, Muffins…whatever freezes well and reheats easily.
Here are just a few pictures of the food items I made this week in my efforts to get ahead.  Let me clarify something though:  Not every week is this productive for me in the kitchen.  I happened to be home most of the week without many outside engagements, allowing me to really focus on teaching my kids and working in the kitchen.  Now I  have several quick foods in the freezer to easily warm up on those days where we’re running to ball games and practices, or dentist appointments or any other event that makes it difficult to spend time cooking.
Homemade Whole Wheat Rolls (recipe found in Heavenly Homemaker’s Guide to Holiday Hospitality)
What did my kids do while I was doing this extra cooking?  Most of the time, they were sitting in the kitchen with me, doing their school work.  They also spent a fair amount of time playing with a huge box, shooting things, and eating the food I was making.
What did my dust and clutter do while I was doing all this extra cooking?  Let’s not talk about it.

If you click on the links below the photos there are some free recipes others are included in her ebooks, but there is a really nice tutorial on making whole wheat bread to watch and try.

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