Time Saving Tuesday (TST) 5 – Prep For The Week

Time Saving Tuesday

As a single mother with three daughters, a house, cats and a job working close to 50 hours a week, the only way I can keep up my wonder woman persona is to find things that save me time. This can be a good thing when it comes to not slipping back into former habits that contributed to hurting my health. Over the years I’ve come up with lots of tricks that work for me and, thanks to Pinterest and the many websites out there, I see lots of others that I’d like to try one day. Each week I thought I would share either a tip that I use or something that I’ve seen on another site. Perhaps some of these will work for you to help save you time and make things a bit easier. If you’ve got a great time saving tip to share why not post it in the comment section below.

This week’s TST tip is to help save you time and money is to chop and prepare all your vegetables for the week.

With the exception of a few vegetables that will brown once cut or peeled, such as potatoes or lettuce, most vegetables can be prepared for future meals ahead of time. Why not make a mess all at once! You’ve already spent some time planning and shopping for meals. After a long day, looking at a bunch of onions, broccoli, carrots, etc that need to be peeled, chopped and diced before the meal can be cooked can be a challenge when you’re tired. This is when it become easy to slip back into former habits that aren’t the healthiest. Set aside a bit of time to get all those veggies prepared so meals can be quickly put together. Not only do you save yourself time but you only create a mess once. Bonus points for being more likely to actually follow through and cook what you have planned.

Do you have kids? Spouse? Significant other? Why not get them in on the chopping action. This creates a benefit that can’t be measured. You get to spend time with people you care about. If you have teens (like I do) a minor miracle may take place and they will actually talk. I know. It doesn’t seem possible but you would be surprised. Some other benefits of cooking with your kids:

  • You are teaching them cooking skills that will last a life time
  • They are more likely to try healthy foods that they have helped prepare
  • Less time in front of a TV, phone or computer
  • They will have a sense of accomplishment once the meal is complete
  • Kids who eat well are more likely to continue to eat well as an adult

After WLS we often make huge changes in the way we eat. We picture surgery as only affecting us but it can actually change the way a whole family eats for the better. Worried about younger children handling knives? Here’s a link to a site with tips for teaching children knife skills.

Do you include your family in preparing meals? Got a favorite site with knife handling skills for younger children? Or favorite recipes that you enjoy making with your family? Why not leave a comment and a link below.

4 Responses to Time Saving Tuesday (TST) 5 – Prep For The Week

  1. I always eat more produce when I prepare it all and get it ready to be used. I love your idea to get the whole family involved!
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    • Hi Melanie, Like you I will tend to put all that produce to good use if it is ready to be used. Cooking after a long day at work is made so much easier when you can just start putting things into a pot….no chopping and dicing needed.

  2. I love this tip! I try to do this myself and it saves sooo much time. Getting kids in the kitchen is huge as well. Even though cooking is much easier alone, my kids love when I take the time to let them help.

    • Hi Jodi, I agree with you on the cooking. It’s hard when you first get kids involved. It takes much longer. But, the good part of this extra work, is down the road they become more self sufficient and will eventually cook whole meals! Now if there were only a way to get everyone to do dishes after a meal lol.