This post is brought to you by Michael Angelo’s, but as always: all opinions are my own.
A few days ago in one of my Moms’ Groups someone asked a question that caught my attention. She was a new-ish first time mom with a husband who worked a lot and she was having a hard time figuring out how to make time for cooking every day. She couldn’t understand how “the rest of us” managed to do it all.
The response wasn’t surprising to me, but maybe it is to you: most of us don’t do it all. Some of us do well in specific areas, but trust me—no one is doing everything right all of the time.
I’m a food blogger. I live, eat and breathe food. I cook most of our meals from scratch every day but I still cheat quite frequently. So here’s a little bit of advice that I have for this mom and for the other mamas out there who are struggling to keep up.
1. Utilize the crockpot.
We have a plethora of dishes on the site (and a ton more coming up) that utilize the “set it and forget it” method of crockpot cooking. If you can find yourself with 10 free minutes in the morning when your child can nap or entertain themselves then you can consider dinner as good as done. This is by far my favorite time saving, sanity saving, life saving trick.
2. Focus on the meals that matter.
During the day my husband works and my girls are in school, which means that most of the time it’s just me and the toddler. That kid, like most toddlers, is a snacker, and I usually require a few hours before I’m ready to eat breakfast. I keep the fridge stocked with protein-packed grab-and-go items like Greek yogurt, string cheese, baked goods, pre-cut veggies with dip and filling salad kits.
That means that if I don’t find myself with a lot of free time during the day it’s no big deal at all. We have enough convenient rations to keep ourselves full throughout the day and I can focus my time and energy on dinner.
3. Prep when you can
Do you have a time when your significant other, friend or parent can come give you a hand? Utilize that time to get some bulk prepping done. Make meals in advance and keep them frozen until ready to use. Chop a bunch of veggies, portion out salads and get your meats ready.
Even if you don’t have big chunks of time to get this done, you can still utilize mini-moments throughout your day.
4. Still can’t manage it? Don’t stress
Really, don’t worry about if you’re not cooking homemade meals from scratch every. single. day. With so much demand for wholesome real foods, you can find great products within your budget you don’t have to feel guilty about eating or feeding to your family. For example, those pictures above? They’re frozen, store-bought dinners.
During Kroger’s ‘Taste of Italy’ campaign I came across these frozen meals from Michael Angelo’s. Visit the Taste of Italy page to see how you can save with digital or in-store coupons on Michael Angelo’s meals and to check out delicious recipes and more on Italian cuisine and culture!
Michael Angelo’s is a family-owned and -operated company that makes the best-tasting frozen Italian products on the market today. Michael Angelo and his mom Sara are extremely proud of their meals, using only real, clean ingredients you can recognize when you read the label. Whether you have a busy schedule, or want a night off from cooking, you will never have to sacrifice quality as they offer an alternative to a home-cooked meal that tastes as though it came straight from your own kitchen.
Making meals like eggplant or chicken parmesan can be really time consuming, so I appreciate having an option like this stocking my freezer. Small batch meals, free of preservatives with a list of ingredients that I can name. If you’re interested in reading more about Michael Angelo’s, you can find all of their info on your favorite platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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