What to cook today? That is a million dollar question.
This is the most talked over issue in a household. Whether you are a housewife, working mom, stay at home or work at home, this question is always poking you.
Is there a solution to this?
Planning is the key. I have already discussed some time management tips to save time in your home. Today I am going to talk about another time and money saving tip.
You can create monthly and weekly menu plans. While planning menus you can also collaborate with your kids. This way you’ll be able to keep their interest in eating what you have cooked and their will be no dining table arguments whether they want to eat it or not.
You can plan your menu in a traditional way by writing it in your household notebook.
The second method is to create and keep your menu online. For this you can use your Google calender or any online calender you are comfortable with. In one of my previous posts I had mentioned an online family organizer. You can also store your menu plans there.
How will this save your time and money?
It will save your time as;
You don’t have to spend hours to think, what to cook today? Just check out the list you have created and start working on cooking your meal. You can paste this list on your kitchen door or refrigerator.
If you have created an online menu you can check it out while reading your daily emails.
There are some meals which require a lot of time and hard work while others are cooked in an hour or so. So if you have already planned your menu plan, you’ll know on which day you’ll have to start your preparations early.
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For example if you are going to cook mixed vegetables, then you’ll have to peel and cut them before you cook them. But if you are like me then you’ll peel, cut and freeze all your vegetables that you are going to cook this week. It will save you a lot of time and headache.
If it is a meat dish and you have your meat in the freezer then get it out of the freezer 2-3 hours before you are going to cook it. Don’t cook the frozen meat as it will take a lot of you precious time to get cooked.
Soak your lentils half an hour or more before you start you cooking.
While planning your meals, keep your cook books, magazines, recipe cards at hand. You can also use your favorite recipe websites and blogs to plan your menus. I have some great desi meal websites in this post of What’s Cooking?. Check it out here.
It will save you money because;
You’ll only buy food that you are going to cook. In this way you’ll have your shopping list ready. Whether you shop weekly or monthly, just create your grocery shopping list while making your menu plan.
That is it for today. I’ll be sharing more home management and time management tips with you in coming posts so keep reading.
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