Category Archives: Time Saving

School’s Back in Session!

What’s on Your Table?

The house is oddly quite, and even though there are a thousand things that I could be doing, I find myself thinking of a multitude of the things involving my kids! How about you?

Starting school conjures up so many different feelings in different people. I’m excited for my kids, a little sad for me, a little anxious about what the new schedule will be, and then looking forward to all the things that fall brings.

IMG_0300So what does fall bring? School of course, change in weather, many fun holidays, clubs, groups start up their meetings, and last but not least there are sports. So it becomes very apparent that schedules start to become a little bit more hectic.

That is where we are at… Busy! Every fall I find myself figuring out how to fit things in and at the same time make room for the things that are important. Family time is by far what I try to make sure is the priority. That time for us starts at the table. With all that is going on it is hard to make sure that we sit down together and have a meal together. However I still make it happen with the help of the handy dandy internet! Internet! Yup, that’s right!  Most people will think that the kitchen would be the place to start, and while yes that’s true… Sometimes we all need a little inspiration!

IMG_1177I of course have my tried and true recipes that have helped me throughout the years, but it’s nice to change them up and find some new ones that we can try out. So in this particular blog post we wanted to get the conversation rolling. That’s right we want to hear from you, so we can keep building ideas of time saving recipes and snacks. Please write to us at marketing@discovermuseum.org , and let us know what works best for you! What are some tips!

Make Meals Ahead

Some things are easy to make ahead and use. Many moms put together freezer meals that they can pop right in the oven and or use while they are putting together more meals. Then there is always the crockpot, where you put it together in the morning and it’s ready for the whole family when you get home that evening. We also can forget the meals that come together with no cooking at all. Below we created a list that we’ve tried, if you search for them online you can probably find all kinds of variations.

freezer mealFreezer Meals

So if you plan on making freezer meals, there are a lot of resources out there for prepping for making lots of freezer meals in one day, as well as things that freeze well, and tips on what tips work best when making all your future din-din’s.  I’ve done this a lot during baseball season.  I typically found a weekend, and my mom and I would get together and make over twenty dinners in one day for each of us.  It was amazing, and made life very easy on practice and game nights.  It saved our family a pretty penny, since we were able to avoid take out, and then gave us all a chance to unwind with each other when we got back home! So here are some things I made, and know this, these are just suggestions to search on the internet.  Once you start your search, chances are you will find some recipes that are more fitting to your family!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Lasagna, Soups, Meatballs, Broccoli Chicken Alfredo, No Boil Manicotti, Stews, Hamburger Patties, Pulled Pork meat for sandwiches, Chimichangas, toquitos, and many MANY MORE.

crock potSlow Cooker Meals

I think almost everyone has a crock pot somewhere in there home, and if you don’t you may think in investing in one of the best cooking tools for busy parents! This handy kitchen item has helped me on many occasions in delivering a wholesome meal on a day that there would have been no time to make a decent meal. Here are a few kinds of meals that you can make inside a slow cooker.

BBQ Spareribs, Black Bean Taco Soup, Chicken Brocoli Alfredo, Chicken Cacciatore, Stew, Chili, Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken, Cilantro Lime Chicken with Corn and Black Beans, Pork Tenderloin, Roast, and again search for many more that may be more fitting for you and your family.

no cook mealNon Cooking Meals

These meals may sound like a fantasy, but they do exist! They take little prep and perhaps the use of microwave.  Check out some of the following!

Crunchy Quesadilla Stack, Poor Mans Tacos, Taco Pizza, Dinner wraps, Sandwiches, Salad or tacos with precooked chicken or roast beef, and also many more!

Finding Inspiration

If you have a smart phone there are oodles of apps where you can create recipe boxes. I’ve had luck with Allrecipes and BigOven.  However, if you go into one of your app stores you will see that there are more than a dozen to choose from. I also love Pinterest! It is a very inspirational place to get ideas for dinners! We decided to create a board of Time Saving Dinners. Come check out our board!

http://www.pinterest.com/discovercm/time-saving-dinners/ 

On the Go Snacks

Snacks can easily be purchased, but what if you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on all the individually packed to go snacks? What are your options?

Fruit, Nuts, Cheese, Carrot Sticks, Celery. (Fill in the blank ___________)

Please share what some of your recipes are. Plus don’t forget to share about snacks too. Also, if you have other time saving techniques, please let us know them!  Looking forward to hearing from you Discover! Friends!