We’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes to conquer a common problem in the kitchen-time! I’m sure you’re all familiar with the “freezer cooking” techniques that require a ton of up front preparation and planning, but pay off later down the line when you can just whip out a casserole from the freezer on any given day. But, if you’re like me-that massive prep, shopping, cooking day just never seems to happen. So I like to take smaller bites of this time saving technique, we’re calling it “Double Up Cooking.”
When you make this recipe, you’ll boil a whole bunch of extra potatoes. Instead of the 6 or so potatoes that the recipe called for, you’ll boil an entire 5 lb. bag of potatoes. Just cut them in quarters, we use Yukon Gold. No need to peel. You’ll mash some of them for the topping on the Shepherd’s Pie-the rest, you’ll throw in the fridge for…
Since your potatoes are already cooked, you can start this in the mid afternoon, rather than the morning. Or you can just make it on the stove top in a dutch oven! (Heather likes to add beef bacon and Parsley to hers)
For this one, you’ll cook double the chicken. Chop up the chicken breast (or boneless thighs) cook them in a skillet with salt and pepper. Before you add the Asian flavors, remove half of the chicken. That will be for tomorrow night (or a couple of nights from now.)
If you’ve never tried this traditional Jewish soup-you should! It’s comforting, filling, and kids love it. You’ll use that extra chicken from your lettuce wraps in this soup, which will greatly cut down your time at the stove!
Don’t be fooled by this one, it may be a salad, but your man will surely be full after this entree! Make double the beef-it will be the protein for your Chipotle At Home. Extra Time Saving Tip: Cook the cilantro lime rice while the steak is cooking. This will save even more time when you make 3b!
This simple, yet fun and delicious and healthy meal will remind you of Chipotle-only cheaper! Your fam will think you’re a magician when you deliver the awesome meal in about 10 minutes flat. All you’ll have to do is pull out your cooked steak and rice and all your “fixins”. Then throw the steak cubes into a skillet with just a teeny bit of olive oil. This will say “Wake up Steak!!!!” to your meat and it’ll be fresh as ever! Then you’ll assemble your plates and…smiles all around.
You could make all 6 recipes in a week and in any number of orders, as long as you make the “parent” recipe first, the “child” can come any time after that, within a couple of days. This is good to know if your fam doesn’t like, for instance, beef two nights in a row.
We hope you stop by our blog and look around awhile-be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook, so we can get to know you too! We love sharing ideas and encouragements surrounding all things “homemaking”. Let us know if you try any of these recipes or if you have any “double up” tricks of your own! The time we save in the kitchen is time we can spend with our families…or doing our nails…or whatever it is that you like to do! 😉
And remember-everything tastes better in a peaceful home.
Thanks so much to Heather and Em for sharing these awesome time-saving recipes! I know I’m going to be trying each and every one as we settle into our new house next week!