Some days are more hectic than others and the last thing on your mind is what you're going to make for supper. Not only do you have no idea what you're making, you have no idea what ingredients you may or may not have in the refridgerator.
Those are the times when you find yourself heading to the local fast food joint to grab whatever sounds good at the moment. But stop! Don't do it!
Here is where a four letter word comes in - plan. Don't worry, I'm not going to give you the typical fluff of "remember to plan your meals in advance" speech.
Make it easier on yourself and do a little preparation in advance and the rest of the week will be remarkably less stressful for everyone.
1. Cook up a big batch of meat in the crock pot. (lots of choices - beef, lamb, chicken, pork) Toss it in the crock pot, sprinkle on a little salt and pepper (and whatever spice you have time to throw in). Cook the meat overnight or during the day while you're gone. It really is that easy. This one step alone will save you a ton of time for next week's meals.
Think about how long it takes to cook raw meat. Not to mention if it's frozen to boot! And when your family is famished and waiting impatiently to eat it seems like it takes ages!
Now think about how quickly you can reheat meat. Even if you don't want to use the microwave, meat that is already cooked can be heated in a pan in 10 minutes.
You have the meat cooked. Now what?
Once the meat is done, divide it into smaller containers and put it in the fridge.
When it's meal time you have several options on how to use it.
1. Salad - Shred the meat (warm or cold) over salad green, spinach or kale. Add whatever veggies you find in your fridge and bam! Supper is served.
2. Soup - Heat some water (or broth if you have any), add some meat and toss in some fresh or frozen vegetables, a few spices and bam! Supper is served.
3. Stir Fry - Heat a bag of frozen vegetables in a skillet with a bit of olive oil. Throw in some garlic. Add the meat and some liquid (water or broth). bam! Supper is served.
4. Sandwiches - ton of possibilies - barbeque beef, sloppy joes
( Just think how much fun you'll have when you serve your family tonight and you shout bam! They may think you're a little cooky but it will be worth it!) :)