No, I am not the perfect mama, and no, I don’t have all the time in the world. However, I do like to feed my family real food! And real families sometimes need dinner to ready in 10-15 minutes. So, what is my secret?
It is pretty simple really. (Almost) Every time I cook, I make double or extra. So, I am making burgers tonight. I am making enough for dinner, lunch tomorrow, and 1 more meal besides. That last meal’s worth, I freeze. Then when we have “one of those nights” where I need dinner ready lickety-split, I pull out those burgers from the freezer and heat them up for 10 minutes @350 in the oven. Bang! Our main dish all ready.
I do the DOUBLE-UP with lots of things – I always make 2 meatloafs, double chili, extra muffins. Any thing you can think of that would heat up just fine, make extra. I can’t tell you how many times this has saved me!! Sometimes we have leftover soup – it is a cinch to heat that up, pull some muffins out of the freezer, and pour glasses of milk.
So that’s my secret to real food, even when it needs to be fast. 🙂
~ Savvy Food Mama
Tip: most things heat up just right for 10 minutes @350, unless it is larger (as in meatloaf). To save on heating time, cut prior to heating.