Sanity and Time-Saving Meal Prep Idea for a Busy Mom

JMJ102  *Do you sometimes feel like you spent half the day in your kitchen?  As a mom, you can easily spend 3-4 hours in the kitchen every day, between preparing nourishing meals for your family, then cleaning up the mess afterwards. This meal prep model is a sanity-saver as well as a time-saver.  Try it and see if it works for you.

Ring the School Bell 102/180 Days

A resolution made last week to improve the quality of our meals, produced quite a yummy lunch today, chicken sandwiches and baked potatoes.  With a little help in the kitchen at lunchtime, we also prepared Greek Orzo salad for dinner.

My favorite sanity-saving and time-saving meal prep idea for a busy mom

Do you sometimes feel like you spent half the day in your kitchen?  As a mom, you can easily spend 3-4 hours in the kitchen every day, between preparing nourishing meals for your family, then cleaning up the mess afterwards.

This meal prep model is a sanity-saver as well as a time-saver.  Try it and see if it works for you.

Ever since the kids were little, I have been preparing my meals this way, and every time I step away from this model, I regret it, and eventually come back to it.

For this to work, it is a good idea to do a little meal planning and shopping ahead of time.  For me that is a week at a time, so that I have an idea of what is coming up on the menu.

It is super simple once you make a habit of it.  Here is what I do…

Prepare dinner at lunchtime!

This way, I only have one extended period of time in the kitchen.  There are two ways to accomplish.  One way is to stick with a simple meal at lunch, such as a 3-ingredient salad or a sandwich and fruit, and then prep dinner.  Another way is to have the same thing for lunch and dinner.  For example, prepare a big pot of spaghetti with meat sauce midday at lunchtime, and then serve it both for lunch and dinner. If you homeschool such as I do, this is a great time of day to get everyone involved in meal preparation, before everyone, including me, gets tired.

The super benefit about this meal model is that at dinnertime all you need to do is warm up dinner.  It leaves you energy to set a nice table.  Or better yet, delegate that to your kids.  My girls often enjoyed the chore of setting a special table, and would even go outside to collect pretty flowers for a vase.

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More news from day 102… In the afternoon, Melissa and I made a stop at the local Baskin Robbins, my favorite giftcard place, to enjoy my #1 choice, decadent Valentine month flavor Love Potion #31.  She chose ice cream swirled with peanut butter cups, a blissful combination I’m sure.  So we had a healthy lunch but a decadent treat!  I guess we need to work on that.

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To cap the day, I drove Sabrina to AAA driving school in Encino.  I breathed a sigh of relief and felt a sense of accomplishment as I mailed the last of the high school transcripts to her selected universities.  Now it is time to wait in suspense, to see how the future unfolds.

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette

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