A lot of the time it takes to make a meal comes down to preping the ingredients. Doing some of the work ahead of time can sure save you on a busy day. Here are a few ideas to help you cut down on your prep-time.
Buy in bulk and prepare all at once – Time invested now will save much more time later. Buy chicken or hamburger when it is on sale and…
by baking or boiling and then cut into cubes and store 2 cups in a freezer bag to use in recipes later. You can use your slow cooker to boil chicken while you are at work. My favorite method is to put 8 chicken breasts on a foil lined cookie sheet with sides, season and bake until no longer pink inside.
Put chicken pieces into a gallon size freezer bag and add marinade. Freeze until ready to use. Let it thaw and it is ready to go on the grill or into the oven. Sometimes I use BBQ sauce or salsa instead of a marinade.
Cook hamburger by browning it and storing it in 2 cup servings in freezer bags. You can cook with chopped onion or even taco seasoning.
Buy veggies when on sale. – Wash, chop, dice or cube. Lay in one layer on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, toss into a freezer bag to use later. You can freeze lemons whole or in slices to use in drinks.