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When I am pressed for time due to kids activities, appointments and/or holidays, I bulk cook our supper's main dishes for a week or two at a time. Then I am able to put it in the crockpot or pull it out of the freezer and have it thawed by the time I get home.
I have been adding bell peppers and mushrooms or any other veggie that goes with the meal to ground meats when I cook them. This is a great way to add the extra nutrients and fiber into meal and helps in getting those five a day!
Make extra of any soups, stews and chili that you make and put in the freezer. It's a fast healthy meal for days you don't have anything in, or don't have time to cook. Just a few minutes in the microwave is all it needs to reheat and eat.
I love making soups and I usually make enough for 3-4 days. To keep it crunchy, I finely cut some cabbage and line the bowl with the cabbage and ladle in some hot soup. The cabbage takes on the soup's taste and also stays crunchy.
I have the most difficult time when "spending"my calories on dinner! I love that there are sparkrecipes available!To help myself,I check out the comment BEFORE making the recipe because that might help me alter it for my liking,my cholestrol level or my hiatal hernia--no spicy foods.
In addition to batch cooking on the weekend, I brown my ground beef (all of it) as soon as I get home from the grocery store. We don't eat many hamburgers. It saves time because it cooks more quickly because it's not frozen and is ready when I need it later that week: shepherd's pie, chilli, etc.