How To Cook Healthy – For The Busy Mom

How To Cook Healthy – For The Busy Mom

How To Cook Healthy – For The Busy Mom

Being a working mom and wife is a very hard job. I know first hand what it is like to try and give your family the healthiest meals without a drive thru window. When my son was small a day in my life would most always include:

  • 7:00 am- Get myself up and make lunches for all 3 of us. Wake up my son (try to anyways)
  • 7:30 am – Get my husbands ( now ex ) computer for work, check his schedule to see what city he was in, that way I knew what time to wake him up. I would then get his map and map out his route for the day. Plus get ready for work
  • 8:00 am- Make breakfast, wake the hubby and make sure our son was getting dressed.
  • 8:30 am- Send my son off to school, warm up the hubby’s work truck. Run out the door to be at work for 9:00 am
  • Work until usually 5:00 pm sometimes longer ( I was an office manager).
  • 6:00 pm – I would have my husbands baseball gear ready for him 2 to 4 days a week, or if he was running late, I would take it to the park for him. Then run back home, grab a sandwich, try and make something quick for my son to eat before Lacrosse at 7pm or his hockey ( depending on the season and the day) If I had a few minutes, I would whip a load of laundry in, clean the floors and do what ever I could with the few minutes I had.
  • 6:40 pm – Drop my son off and race back to the ball field to get my husband and then we would go to lacrosse, watch the game and go home.
  • 9:00 pm – Try to figure out what we would eat. It would almost always be take out 🙁
  • 10:00 pm – Get ready for bed.
  • Start all over again the next day. This was my Monday to Friday schedule for almost 17 years.
  • The weekends were a bit different, they would start at 6:00 am for sports for both the husband and my son and sometimes would be all weekend long.

THE LIFE OF A BUSY MOM & WIFE!

While this all pretty much stayed the same schedule all throughout the years. I decided that something had to change. I had to figure out somehow/someway to find some time to make decent meals other than for Holidays. That’s when I got my first crock-pot it was HEAVEN!

Every chance I got I would be trying to figure out what to make for dinner that week. My day that was the least busy was Sunday (sports on TV. YUCK! ) That was my time to get everything prepped for the week. We were able to STOP with the take out food, at one point we were spending about on average $250.00 a week on junk food / drive thru windows. The amount of money we started to save was almost unbelievable. On top of the savings in money, I lost 30 lbs in less than 1 month with no junk food.

If I could figure out how to have healthy delicious meals for my family, you can too!

Here is how I did it:

How To Cook Healthy - For The Busy Mom

TIME MANAGEMENT IS KEY !

  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Cooking
  • CleaningHow To Cook Healthy - For The Busy Mom

How To Cook Healthy – For The Busy Mom

  1. Buy pre cleaned and cut veggies or clean and cut the night before, wrap in paper towel and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Use a  crock-pot and a bread-maker. You can prepare a nice hot non processed meal and not even be home to do it
  3. Clean as you go – when I cook I make sure the dishwasher is empty, plus I fill the sink with boiling hot soapy water.  I only have one set of equipment for my kitchen-aid, so I’m forever washing it and reusing it over and over for every meal. If I know I won’t be using an item again, it goes in the dishwasher instead. Always leave room in the dishwasher for the supper plates. The whole point is to be done cleaning when you are done cooking.
  4. Use crock-pot liners to make clean up super easy.
  5. Organize your recipes. When you have a few minutes, think about what you want to make for the whole week. Pull the recipes or write them down. Make a list of all the ingredients you will How To Cook Healthy - For The Busy Momneed. Do an inventory check and plan to pick up the items needed for all the dishes you will be making for the week. My best day is Sunday to create my weekly menu and shop for the items as well. What is your’s?
  6. Make meals that leave you leftovers so you can quickly make another meal with it or you can freeze it.
    • Beef Stew > Meat Pies
    • Roast Beef w/ mashed potatoes > Shepherds Pie
    • Chili > Nacho’s
    • Roast Chicken > Stir Fry, Chicken Stew, Chicken Soup
  7. Make ahead freezer meals. Take 1 day of the week or in the month ( depending how many meals you want to make ahead ). Recipes could include but not limited to:
    • Cabbage Rolls
    • Calzones
    • Meatloaf
    • Shepherd’s Pie
    • Breakfast Sandwiches
    • Meatballs > for Spaghetti, Meatball Subs  etc…
    • Fajita Mix
    • Casseroles
    • Lasagna Roll Ups
    • Stir Fry Mix
    • Pizza Pockets
    • SoupsHow To Cook Healthy - For The Busy Mom
      • Crock-pot dishes:
      • Marinades:
        • Cilantro
        • Sweet Chili
        • Jerk
        • Honey Garlic
      • HERBS:
        • Get some ice cube trays ( dollar store). Each ice cube spot in the tray will hold 2 tablespoons of an ingredient. Take your herbs and chop and / or mince them. Add a little olive oil How To Cook Healthy - For The Busy Momand put them into the trays. FREEZE. When they are frozen you can take them out and put them into a freezer bag and label them. When your recipe calls for one of these herbs take one out of the freezer and throw it in. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy. Some of the herbs you can do this with:
          • Oregano
          • Garlic minced / chopped
          • Ginger / minced / chopped
          • Parsley
          • Thyme
  8. Get supplies. You can go to the Dollar Store and get enough items to be able to freeze your meals. Some of these might include:
    • Freezer bags
    • Aluminum Pans with lids
    • Ziploc bags
    • Plastic wrap
    • Foil wrap
    • Sticky labels
  9. Stock up on SALE items, The other day I went to the local grocers and they had so much meat reduced. I assume it was from Christmas time. I was able to get a Large Smoked Ham, Italian How To Cook Healthy - For The Busy Momsausage, lean ground beef at a really great discounted price. I brought it all home and separated and portioned it all, then labelled and froze it. I have enough meat to last the whole month now.
  10. Lastly, prepare in batches. Let’s say your making freeze ahead meals for the week and 4 of the recipes call for onions. Chop it all together and then separate it for the recipes you need it for. Saves so much time this way instead of doing one recipe at a time.

HOW DO YOU SAVE TIME ?

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