A few days ago I posted about my new series on managing your kitchen. I’m excited to share the first step in the process with you today.
This isn’t hard! It is a process. And with baby steps, we’ll get there.
So lets get started!
Step 1: know what you’re eating today, and plan for tomorrow.
So you want to wrap your head around this whole kitchen management thing. You’re ready to get organized, to start meal planning and get a handle on your shopping list. Congrats! The good news is that you can start today.
There’s no magic formula or prep work to be done, you just start.
Meals don’t go on hold for you to make a plan. There’s no way you’ll ever get started if you wait until you’re ready.
Yes, we are going to make a plan. Yes, you might even commit to daily food prep, shopping lists, etc. Yes, balanced meals are important. But TODAY WE NEED TO EAT.
Figure out what you can eat today.
Desperate times call for simple and easy meals that free you up to do other things. Here are some great starter meals. Chances are that you have the ingredients for at least one of these in your house:
- Pasta and marinara sauce. Add some meat – ground beef or sausage if you have any on hand – or frozen meatballs.
- Grilled cheese sandwiches. Pair it with some chicken noodle soup.
- Tacos or nachos. Ground beef + seasoning, cheddar cheese and salsa. Add shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes to round it out.
- Chicken cutlets. Breasts or tenders breaded and pan-fried are basically home-made chicken nuggets. Serve with canned or frozen corn and buttered noodles. Almost any kid will eat this regardless of how picky they are.
- Or Scrambled eggs. Or cereal with milk. Really, any breakfast food can be dinner any day of the week. Trust me, the kids will love it!
Other acceptable meals for this first day of managing your kitchen include leftovers, frozen pizza, and yes, dinner out.
The point here is not to commit to cooking a complicated meal, it’s to get dinner on the table. To be able to answer the question “What’s for dinner?” with absolute certainty and then to move on to whatever else you need to do today.
Now, plan for tomorrow.
Now that today is covered, think for a few minutes about tomorrow. No matter what day it is, you can decide now what you’re having tomorrow. The added benefit is that there’s a little bit more time between now and tomorrow’s dinner. So if you need to stop by the store to pick up chicken, that’s doable. Or you can thaw out something from the freezer.
Again don’t feel like it needs to be complicated. Just pick something and stick to it. Knowing what you’ll be serving tomorrow is half the battle!
Guess what? You’re doing it! Give yourself a pat on the back – you’ve completed Step 1! You’re managing your kitchen!
It might not seem like much, but you are two decisions into the process. I’ll say this over and over – don’t try to make things harder on your self. Stick with what you know and go for the easiest route when it comes to managing things. You’ll be glad you did and you’ll have more time to do other things like homework, laundry, playing outside and dare I say it – sleeping!