How I Save Time in the Kitchen

This weekend, I had the house to myself — three blessed days of no work, no husband, no kids… no adulting necessary!

And I have to admit, just between us, that it was intoxicating to be able to do what I wanted with my own time. I’d get up when I felt like it, walk the dog, clean the house, run out to Target. There was no 1-hour preparation to get the kids dressed and out the door with snacks and activities only to have my 4-year-old remember that he needs to run inside to poop.

And, like everything else when you have little ones to look after, food preparation takes time; some dishes more than others. And I often have to ask myself this question when I’m heading to the store: “How much time am I willing to put into making this meal?” Usually, meals are decided on two factors:

  1. How healthy is this meal?
  2. How much time will it take?

I’m just going to say it. I’m a crock pot girl. Don’t judge me. There’s nothing like cutting all the food up, throwing it in a pot and letting the slow cooker do all the work. It makes the house smell great and I don’t have to spend all that time around dinner just beginning the process.

But there are other ways to save time in the kitchen. A grocery store visit always happens on a weekend and, by Sunday, I’ll usually cook up all the food and freeze most of it for the week. Now, this does mean more time must be devoted to the cooking and measuring part on Sunday, but it frees up the rest of the week for other things. Grab and go. That’s the ticket.

How do you manage your time in the kitchen?

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About Maia Rodriguez

"Military Mom" Maia Rodriguez was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but that was about twenty homes ago. After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theater, she traveled just about everywhere in the country, lived in a green turtle-like tent for 6 months, toured and slept in the back of her van and even worked in Japan for a year. Then she met her husband who tamed her (ha!) and they embarked together on the adventure of parenthood in southern California where she worked as a professional pirate. Now, two children later, the family currently resides in VIrginia, where she sings for the US Navy as a vocalist. When she’s not mothering, she’s writing music for "Evernight," singing and writing for the Baby Bullet Blog.

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