As homeschooling moms, our days pretty much revolve around mealtimes. So much so that many of us plan our school around meals.
“Okay, let’s get our table work done before lunch, and I’ll read aloud during snack time.”
I mean, homeschoolers have been compared to hobbits on more than one occasion. In fact, I can relate so much to the task of cooking for hobbits, that I had this made for my kitchen.
But just because our days revolve around food, it doesn’t mean our lives need to be ruled by it. Here are a few kitchen hacks for homeschool moms to help you rock your time in the kitchen.
Prepare your produce before it goes in the fridge
This has been revolutionary for me. By taking the 10-15 minutes to chop, slice, or dice my veg when I get home, we have had SO MUCH LESS food waste!
It’s easy to pull out some sliced cucumbers and carrots for a snack. It’s a bit more daunting to have to actually cut them at snack time when everyone is hangry.
When we turn or healthy food into convenience food, our eating habits change.
Have a meal plan
I know, I’ve said it over and over and over, but that’s because it’s true! Taking the time to meal plan will save you so much time and frustration.
When you’re children know what to expect for meals, it cuts down on them pestering you with the unending, “what’s for dinner?” questions.
Batch working simply means to do many of the same kind of thing in a given time period. For example, instead of cooking two pounds of hamburger for dinner, cook four or six pounds and put the rest in the freezer for future meals.
When making cookies, double, triple, or quadruple the recipe. Flash freeze the cookie dough balls, then store them in freezer bags for later. Next time you want cookies, just cook the dough balls!
Batch working also works for whole meals. Having meals in the freezer for those rough days can make all the difference in the world for a struggling mama. There have been many days when being able to pull a meal out of the freezer has saved my sanity.
Have a designated cooking day
Having a designated cooking day is very beneficial. You can get all your foods cooked and prepped for the coming week. Which means you’ll have one less thing to think about every day.
I usually spend half my Fridays cooking up food for the coming week.
A few of the things I might make on my Freezer Cooking Fridays . . .
- precook meets
- assemble meals
- chop veg for snacks and meals
- dice onions and peppers
- red sauce
Really, you can precook or prepare just about anything in advance, just keep it in the freezer.
Have premade mixes on hand
Having premade mixes on hand cuts down on so much time in the kitchen! I make up several bags of dry mix for pancakes, brownies, muffins, cakes, and so many other things so that when the craving hits, I just have to pull out the baggie, add a couple of wet ingredients and BOOM I’m done!
I’ve actually just compiled 20 of my go-to quick mix recipes in an ebook called Quick Mixes: 20 Quick Mix Recipes & Snacks for Healthier, Cheaper Meals.
The quick mixes and make ahead snacks in the ebook are a great way to start batch working in your kitchen!