1-When I get home from the grocery store ( I may sometimes wait a few hours if I’m tired), I do some prep work with my meat. I will go ahead and marinate steaks, roasts, cut beef and marinate for shish-ka-bobs,and shape hamburger patties. Then I freeze them in freezer bags and label with contents and date, or plastic containers and label with a piece of tape on the container. If I’m feeling particularly ambitious, I’ll go ahead and cook up a pot of chicken and shred and freeze (save the broth) or fry up hamburger for spaghetti sauce, casseroles, etc. and freeze. This really cuts meal prep time on busy nights.
As you’ve most likely seen on food cooking shows, preparing your produce after you’ve brought it home could save you time during the week, and keep your fruit and vegetables crisp longer. How often have you thrown away produce simply because you didn’t maintain it appropriately inside the refrigerator? This tip too, could help you save some bucks.
How many times a week do you long for free time to do absolutely nothing? The key is to notice when this time actually arrives, and to fill it with… nothing. Rather than viewing every opening in your day as an opportunity to cram something in, practice doing nothing. Close your office door. Become aware of your breathing. Bring mindfulness to your current thoughts, the sounds around you, your environment. If you bring one moment of rich stillness to each day, you’ll notice more energy, greater clarity and decreased stress. You’ll be able to return to even the busiest of work days with ease and grace, addressing what comes your way consciously, without negative reactions.
The first answer is to have a plan of attack each week of what you would do and what you want to accomplish. Create a calendar that details the scheduled appointments and play days. Also add what projects and activities you want to complete. You can also reference your meal plan to keep you aware of your meals and how much time is needed for Meal Prep on a budget.
If you are making stir-fry meals, you should slice the meat as thin as possible and cut it on the bias. This can be a bit difficult, and it takes some time to do it right. When the meat feels firm, pull it from the freezer and cut across the grain at a 45 degree angle.
First, use a calendar to schedule everything you need to do each day. Don’t leave anything out. Schedule your shower, your workout, each meal (including time for meal prep), your appointments, and your study time.
If you clean as you go in your kitchen and try to keep it organized, you will have a cleaner kitchen without a lot of work. Once you do the hard job of making your space efficient for your lifestyle, keeping it clean is just a matter of cleaning up after you use it.