In a post from a while back, “How I (attempt to) get it all done”, many of you shared great tips on how to serve healthy meals to your family and keep on top of everything else, too. In the past few weeks, though, there have been several comments and emails from readers mentioning that they’d like more ideas specifically for working Mom’s or Dad’s, with tips on how they pull off nourishing, traditional meals with limited time available. (Not that there’s any other kind of Mom and Dad besides a ‘working’ one, we’re always working and busy serving someone!)
Whether you work in the home or outside the home (both have unique challenges, that’s for sure), and even if you’re not a parent, we all could use some time-saving or general survival tips, right?
I’ll start by sharing what I’ve had to do a lot more of lately, especially since we began homeschooling on top of everything else: I’ve had to give up the idea of still having my life under control. I’ll often ask Kent, “Do you remember how I used to have it all together?!” That “me” is long gone. My days of having Christmas shopping well underway by Halloween, or laundry folded the day or week that it’s washed, may not be back for some time. Now I’m just a helter-skelter dingbat most days, only getting done what absolutely has to get crossed off the list. I’m trying to get better about just accepting that this is the season of life I’m in right now, but it’s a daily battle. :)
So we need your help! I’m hoping everyone will share at least their #1 BEST time saving or survival tip!
A few to get you started:
- My friend, Mary, insists that meal planning is a MUST for working Moms. Personally, I don’t do that lately, though. I just keep my freezer and pantry well-stocked, and then figure out what we’re having in the morning or maybe the night before. If I forget until it’s too close to dinner to get anything out of the freezer, then I refer to my ‘healthy fast-food‘ list to get something going last-minute. If you work outside the home, you won’t have a choice, and it’s meal planning for you! Try these meal plans:
Or for those grain-free or on GAPS:
- When you sit down to plan out your meals, pull out your calendar and also organize your time in order to fit things in like when you’ll do meal prep, grocery shopping, etc.
- I’m still learning this one: figure out your priorities – what you will or will not try to fit into your life. As much as we really want to, we just can’t do it all. (I can’t even tell you how much I hate that.)
I’ll copy my time-saving tips here from previous posts:
- Read about how the Bosch kitchen mixer makes my life much easier. It makes 6 loaves of bread at once, huge batches of cookies to freeze for later, and so much more.
- Our version of fast food these days (beat the temptation to hit the drive-thru!) plus more fast food ideas using homemade tortillas.
- Keep your pantry & freezer stocked - it’s not tricky!
- Make a family favorite meals list – read how this can be a big help to you.
- Share your meal planning tips.
- My favorite kitchen gadgets to make cooking much easier.
- Tips on making extra when you’re cooking and baking – some ideas you may not have heard about before. One more on batch cooking and how easy it can be.
- Freezer inventory sheet - read why I love having this to refer to.
- How often do you repeat meals?
- Complete list of RECIPES
- Healthy school lunch alternatives – it’s not easy pleasing kids, trust me, I know.
- Eating healthy on a budget
- How to feed a healthy meal to a big group
- Healthy Lunch On-the-Go