If you have any ideas or suggestions, please share them! I'm always on the lookout for new recipes, too. It can be a challenge cooking for a family that has different nutritional needs and food allergies, not to mention food aversions. I will list a few of the things I do to streamline my cooking:
- If I'm cooking ground meat I try to cook several pounds at once. I can then either refrigerate or freeze what is left over. Then, when I'm ready to cook a meal requiring ground meat, I can just defrost it, warm it in the microwave for a bit, then mix up my recipe.
- I bake chicken breasts or strips in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or so. I usually season them with a seasoned salt or some type of poultry seasoning. The chicken is very versatile and can be used in anything from chicken salad to chicken casserole.
- I like to mix up casseroles while my toddler is napping. I then refrigerate the casserole until about thirty minutes before I need to cook it. I let it sit out until time to bake it.
- The crock pot can be a time-poor cook's very best friend. There are many easy recipes that you can start before your family wakes up in the morning which will be ready in time for supper.
- I also try to prepare enough so I have left-overs at each meal. I just refrigerate them for a couple of days, then we eat them again. Sometimes I'll change the left-overs up a bit by adding some ingredients or eating the left-overs with rice. For example: I take baked chicken and veggies, add some cream of chicken soup, and place it all in a dish. I then put a ready-made pie crust on top and pop it in the oven. Instant chicken pot pie made from left-overs!
I'll try to find more tips and post them later. Again, please share any tips you might have. Thanks for visiting our South Texas Autism!!!