Life has been crazy for the past few weeks. And I haven’t posted here in a long time. Too long. I redesigned the site, and I’m ready to start posting again. Hopefully regularly. Just like it can be hard to make time for cooking, it can be hard to make time for blogging. But despite the challenges, you have to make time for the things you enjoy. So, here are my tips for making time to cook and bake when your schedule gets busy.
- Have an arsenal of go-to recipes. When your schedule gets full, don’t decide to cook something new or complicated. Let’s be real. There is no way you are going to make Julia Child’s beef bourguignon when you are feeling stretched thin. Personally, I probably have ten good recipes that I can whip up with little mental and physical effort. I know the grocery list and the steps by heart. So, when things get crazy, I know that I can whip up a killer vegetarian chili like it’s nothing.
- Make recipes that yield leftovers. If you make a large portion, you can cut down on the time you spend cooking by having leftovers the next day. Leftovers are great for lunch so you can cut out making that salad or sandwich, for example. This let’s you avoid cooking the first half of the day so when you come home from work or your day running errands, you don’t already feel burned out with cooking.
- Get your groceries delivered. Now, this one, I haven’t personally done yet. But I’ve considered it. Grocery delivery services are becoming more ubiquitous and can save you the hassle of having to go get the groceries for taco night. Order, pay, and when you get home cook. Without having to hop in the car or on the bus to spend your half hour of free time grocery shopping when you could be cooking.
- Two words: crock. pot. (That might be one word actually. Eh.) Seriously, this thing can save you from eating a greasy pizza for dinner with minimal effort. Throw the ingredients in (it helps if this is one of your go-to recipes!) and leave it to cook all day. When dinner time rolls around, boom! A beautiful, fresh meal is ready for you to eat.
So that’s it. Those are my four tips for having time to cook when life gets hectic. Share your tips in the comments. I love learning new things!You might also enjoy reading: The Secret to Awesome Chocolate Chip Cookies