That old adage “time is money” isn’t just advice for business owners or financiers…it’s great advice for us busy women, too. One of the most time consuming part of my day revolves around meal preps. I plan these elaborate meals and I burn myself out. I’ll get on this awesome kick and then…boom. I’m toast. I start talking crazy like “let’s order out” or “let’s go out to eat.” And there goes the money.
My dinners are fabulous…but they are crazy time consuming to make. The prep alone can take 30-40 minutes and, honestly, I just don’t have the time for it. We have this 4 o’clock perfect storm where La Grande’s homework/snack time ends, dinner prep starts, and La Rubia wakes from nap.
And let me tell you son-sing (a la Ricky Ricardo)…unless you’ve had the pleasure of reading a recipe, while having one child’s arms wrapped around both of your legs with their head resting in your crotch, as the other begins an endless barrage of questioning that would put the Spanish Inquisition to shame…when the phone rings…and the dog decides NOW is the time to go out…you haven’t experienced living.
Despite the fact that both of my children and my dog are against my home-chef aspirations, I seem hellbent on complicating my evenings which makes for a very grumpy/annoyed/low-tolerance me. Which makes for an even more frigid, grinch-like wife-me when Homeskillet walks through the door. According to him, you might as well write “Champagne Room” over the front door….Chris Rock reference…early 2000s…get it yet?
In short, my elaborate attempts at dinner result in a frustrated, rushed, sexless evening. No bueno.
Well, rather than continue to beat the heck out of myself day after day after day, I’ve decided that something’s gotta give. I’ve got to simplify my weekday meals or our eating out budget is going to go through the roof, because I’m losing steam.
Simplifying Our Evening Routine
In a good faith effort to make our evenings run smoothly and to make better use of my time, this week I’m dusting off the ole’ slowcooker and putting it to work.
Here are my recipes for the week:
Slow Cooker Ribs: Dry rubbed the ribs, cooked for 8 hours in the slow cooker, removed ribs from cooker and placed on baking sheet, slathered ribs in bbq sauce and slid them under the broiler WHILE WATCHING THEM for 5-7 minutes.
Slow Cooker Chili: Substitutions: extra garlic, doubled the tomatoes and kidney beans, subbed beer for wine
Korean Ribs ala Cooking With Libby (she’s a fab food blogger…check her out!) Modifications: Added 2 cloves of garlic, grated
Carne Guisada…this one’s an experiment. It’s a Puerto Rican beef stew (family recipe) I’m going to try in the slowcooker. I’ve made it stove top and my mom believes it won’t work out…I’m on a mission to prove her wrong!
What are your favorite time saving recipes or tips for saving time/money in the kitchen? Share them below!
Powered by Facebook Comments