“What’s for dinner?” With a thirteen year old boy in my house it seems like I get this question ever couple of minutes! If this is an ever looming question in your home too, a little planning can answer this question before it’s ever asked.
We love using our crockpot! Mostly because I don’t have to be here while the evening meal is being prepared and when I get home it smells like someone’s been slaving in the kitchen all day.
There are thousands of crockpot recipes online. My neighbor even did baked potatoes in the crockpot and said they were delicious. We cooked steak in the crockpot a couple of weeks ago and it was better than any grilled steak we’ve eaten.
Here’s a link for A Year of Slow Cooking by Stephanie O’Dea and her recipe for Crockpot baked potatoes. http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/01/crockpot-baked-potatoes_28.html
Stephanie O’Dea is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, and a mom of three. You will enjoy reading her blog and other tips on meal planning.
What’s on Your Menu?
It doesn’t have to be crockpot meals, what’s on your menu? Planning meals each week saves time and money. There are several ways to plan meals. Use one of the neat online resources that actually suggest meals for you, print the menu for the month, and even use their suggested grocery shopping lists, these types do all the planning for you and many are free.
We like to us a preprinted template or post handwritten lists on the fridge. It really doesn’t matter which method you choose. Just have a plan and stick to it “when you can”.
Meal Time Tip: Don’t forget to keep your favorite takeout menus on hand and add their phone numbers to your phone contact list for easy access on those extra busy days.
Getting organized and running a more efficient home, one step at a time! Have a great week,