Feeding The Family!

Day 30 – 31 Ways To Overcome Burnout!

What’s for dinner?

That can be the last thing you want to hear after a busy and exhausting day.

It can be so tempting to just pick up takeaway to save you time and effort.

With a little planning deciding on dinner can be quicker and easier.

YOUR FRIEND THE FREEZER

Do you actually know what is lurking in the back of your freezer?

I used to go and buy things to cook with only to discover a week later I already had what I needed.

organize your freezer

Stock take time!

With the help of a magnetic memo board on your freezer door, you can keep track of the contents. Every time you put something in or take something out, simply update the count on the board.

Defrosting meat in the fridge is the safest way to avoid contamination. Select what you need the day before and place it in the fridge to defrost overnight.

It is amazing how much food goes to waste. There are so many things you can freeze and this list will ensure you are not throwing out food that could be used at a later date.

Make sure anything you place in your freezer is in a sturdy container or snap lock bag. Don’t rely on thin freezer bags as your supplies will be quickly susceptible to freezer burn.

MENU PLANNING

Sit down once a week with your junk mail and do a plan for the week ahead.

Make use of heavy discounts on items such as meal kits, pasta and curry sauces, and other products your family enjoy eating.

Shop online and have your groceries delivered, or visit your local supermarket but only buy enough for the week ahead. Stocking up on too much fresh produce will see most of it go to waste. Fresh is best but not if has been sitting in the vegetable crisper for a week or more. Frozen vegetables retain their nutritional value as they are snap frozen fresh from harvesting.

MASTER MEAL LIST

Create a master list of meal ideas.

Get everyone in the family to contribute to the list and if you make something new that everyone enjoys, add it to the list.

A quick glance down the list can help you select meals quickly and help break the boredom of eating the same things all the time.

MENU FOLDER 

How often have you cut a recipe out of a magazine and then you can’t find it when you actually want to make that meal.

recipe folder

With the help of a leaver arch file and lot’s of plastic pockets you will never loose a recipe again.

When you want to cook something just remove it from the folder and it will remain protected from cooking splatters.

I also have a folder for home ideas, Christmas and dinner parties. I just love folders!

Meal times don’t have to be such hard work, just a little planning and each night you can get straight to it and you will save a fortune on wasted food and expensive takeaways!

For the full list of 31 Ways To Overcome Burnout start here!

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  2. Allyson @ All Our Days
    Oct 30, 2014 @ 22:16:50

    I love the idea of the freezer inventory. I use to do that, but I’ve gotten out of the habit. Time to start again 🙂

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  3. Anita Ojeda
    Oct 30, 2014 @ 23:05:10

    What a great idea! We use masking tape and a permanent marker to leave a label on our leftovers before we pop them in the freezer or the refrigerator–that way, we know how long ago something went in ;).

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