One of the main complaints I hear, from parents and caregivers, is meal time. Many parents and caregivers can relate. Life is hurried and hectic, then comes mealtime with picky eaters.
It can be difficult to cook for more than one person, when everyone has different tastes. To make life easier for caregivers, I always suggested this simple solution:
- Find a handful of recipes that everyone in your family can agree on.
- Double the recipes when you cook them.
- Freeze half of each recipe.
Parents, and caregivers, who do not like to cook can benefit by making extra portions and freezing them. In a few weeks, you have ready-to-eat meals that do not require any prep.
- Utilize your crock-pot. If you do not have a crock-pot, it is a fabulous addition to any household where schedules are crowded.
- Try a George Foreman grill. This one, simple kitchen appliance has saved me so much time and hassle. It is easy to cook on and easy to clean.
- One reader, of this blog, has posted quotes all over her kitchen to help her get through cooking because it is the most stressful part of her day. If you are suffering from stress, please look through our categories and menu for many pages about that topic. We also have several posts containing quotes and uplifting sayings, so be sure to check those out too.
- I have one additional idea, for those of you who do not like to be in the kitchen. Instead of cooking each day, choose one day and make up several meals. Sometimes I will use one day to make an entire week’s worth of various meats for my family. By filling up the refrigerator, I save myself time during the week.
For the busy parents:
Parents, I am so glad you are here. You are daily caregivers. Parenting involves a daily list of cooking, cleaning, laundry, carpool, juggling schedules, hugging, consoling, bandaging, and teaching life lessons.
Before we look at new recipes:
Easy cooking for busy parents and caregivers:
For two additional recipes, read on:
Easy main dish:
- 1 pound hamburger meat (or ground turkey or tofu)
- Cooked rice (white or brown)
- Cheese (or veggie cheese alternative)
Brown the meat and drain it. Cook rice according to directions. Place 1 cup of rice in each bowl. Top with one cup of meat. Top with cheese and microwave the bowls, for a few seconds, until the cheese melts.
On your counter, place bowls of salsa, onions, tomatoes, or any additional ingredients for family members to top their main dish with. Have each family member add their own toppings and enjoy!
- 1 large can of peaches (or any other fruit)
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 stick of butter
What about you?
Which recipes are your favorite go-to recipes? Do you have some time saving recipes you can share with us? We would love to hear your ideas. Please let us know how you handle the stress of cooking for picky eaters.
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