I’m pretty busy.
Not quite as busy as several other Mom’s I know. But in addition to the times my life really is crazy, I occasionally waste entire days due to poor time management skills. So in the reality of my own mind I’m technically just as busy as they are!
In addition to being (somewhat) busy, I don’t particularly enjoy being in the kitchen, so there are a few kitchen shortcuts I heartily embrace:
Frozen chopped onions. Throw these in taco meat…soups…chili…sauces, etc. For less than a dollar a bag it saves me the time (and tears) of chopping up onions. And they’re diced up nice and uniformly and small. Love it.
A lot of the time, I do mince my own garlic (in a mini-food processor, not by hand; let’s not get carried away), but I’m certainly not above using the jarred stuff when in a time crunch:
I’m also a fan of pre-made pizza crusts, crescent rolls, pancake mix, and biscuits. If Pillsbury makes it, I’ve probably bought it. (I know! I know! It seems most mommy bloggers grow their own fruits and vegetables, milk the goat in the back yard, and create gourmet meals out of home grown tofu…..I feel so counter-cultural! I love you DoughBoy!)
Maybe someday flour will be a staple in my kitchen. But not currently. I heard someone talking the other day about grinding their own flour. I decided then and there that a nice goal for me might be to make some recipes that actually required flour.
There are a few shortcuts I don’t use: I don’t make box dinners, only because I made my husband eat that kind of stuff way too often early in our marriage. If he never, ever has to eat another serving of Hamburger Helper, he will still have eaten more than is reasonable for anyone’s lifetime.
He really shouldn’t have to eat another soft taco or serving of spaghetti either. But I’m not emotionally ready to purge those trusty stand-bys from our menu just yet.
And finally, on those nights when it’s just me and the kids: