Kitchen Tips and Tricks for the Busy Lady

I’m excited to share this article from friend and fellow #specialkindofcrazy lady Rebecca. She  has some awesome tips on how to save time and energy in the kitchen – something we could all stand to learn right?  Check out her awesome tips and see what you can slowly start to implement in your own daily routine. Remember:  one thing at a time – slow and steady wins the race!

Be Aware – Saving Time and Energy in the Kitchen

If your goal is less time cooking and more time at the table with your loved ones, then this article may be just what you need to reach that goal.  Some of you are great meal planners, but to take that meal plan to the next level to save time, BE AWARE of these tips and tricks:

-Chop up onions, green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and any other go-to veggies and store separately in glass (see-through) bowls.  Keep these in the refrigerator and use throughout the week for omelets, taco night, salads, spaghetti meat, etc.

-Clean and prep strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc and store separately in glass see-through bowls.  Keep in the refrigerator and use throughout the week for yogurt toppings, smoothies, or a quick snack.

-Lunch prep can be done at the beginning of each week.  Set aside a shelf in the refrigerator and load it up with already packaged snack sized bags of your favorite lunch items.  I do this each week with carrots, cherry tomatoes, yogurt, cheese sticks, etc.  Each morning, I just grab from my pre-packaged snacks and add a sandwich

-Not everyone likes bread crust, but it’s so annoying to trim the crust off of each slice of bread.  Laura’s favorite go-to sandwich trick is a Cut-N-Seal from Pampered Chef.  It makes a perfectly round sandwich and no crust to deal with.  This is a quick way to make a peanut butter and banana sandwich OR even a homemade hot-pocket.

(side note:  Laura here – this is ALL Jackson wants in his lunch so I make them in bulk. I make about 4-5 sandwiches at a time, freeze them, and then each morning throw one in his lunch box. Seriously his favorite way to enjoy pb&j…never thought of a hot pocket…)

-My favorite snack are apple slices, but I’m not real fast at cutting the apple into cute slices.  My go-to time saver for getting a great sliced apple is an apple wedger.  And then, you can make really cute race cars for the little ones too.

The see-through glass storage containers will allow you to see everything you have in the refrigerator without having to open up the containers and sneak a peak—and that’s definitely a time saver!  As you read through these tips, think of all the ways you can save time in the kitchen—and then use that time to be with your loved ones, memorize an inspirational phrase, OR, do a few burpees!  If any of you are interested in products that can help save time in the kitchen, feel free to contact me or go to my website, pamperedchef.biz/rebeccavia

Thanks so much Rebecca. I never thought about preprepping some single serving stuff for kids so lunches can be grab a bag and go! I’m totally trying that next week. Packing individual bags of grapes, peppers and tomatoes can get time consuming for sure.

If you are interested in any of the products that can help save time in the kitchen, feel free to contact Rebecca at her website here!