Saturday, August 11, 2007
Quick Fix Meals
With the extra time on my hands I was able to watch the Food Network. I love to cook and I am always looking for new ideas. However, with two young children and a husband who travels with his job cooking "good" and fast meals has been my new challenge. While watching Robin Miller on the Food Network it occurred to me I have got to get things ready ahead of time. It is always the prep work that takes so long. I also need to plan my meals a bit better.
So I am going for it. I am going to try to plan my meals maybe two weeks at a time(if I get good at this maybe 4 weeks). Then I am going to try to cut all onions, bell peppers, etc. up at one time. I am also going to try to de-bone/cut up the chicken and brown all the meat all at one time (when my adorable husband can give me some time in the kitchen without the kids hanging on my legs- Ha!). This will hopefully cut down the prep time on the actual day I am cooking the meal. I may even try to make big casseroles and freeze half of it for later. I am really lucky that my husband likes casseroles and that my children aren't picky eaters.
Well, this is my goal...we shall see how it "really" works. You never know until you try, right? Well, so far I have: 1.De-boned the chicken and put it into two cup portions 2.Browned 2 pounds ground meat 3.The bell peppers and onions have been diced and 4.All the cheese has been shredded! So far so good- Hopefully the next two weeks will be smoother!
What are your cooking secrets when cooking for your family during the busy week?