Linda at Cook For Good had some great tips in her newsletter today to help you cut down on stress each day. If you haven’t visited her site, I highly recommend it! Don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter too.
Take 5 every night for less stress tomorrow. One of the best time investments you can make to streamline your cooking life is to take time every night to get ready for the next day. Ask yourself:
* What am I going to eat tomorrow? No idea? Use the Cook for Good menus as your default.
* Do I need to defrost, soak, or brew anything? Thaw some stew, soak beans, or make a pitcher of iced tea.
* Will I need anything from the grocery store? Make a list or revise your menu.
* Can I avoid expensive purchases with a simple action? Program your coffee maker and skip Starbucks. Bag up some carrot sticks or walnuts and raisins to ward off the vending machines.
* Do others need to know? Post a menu on the fridge to answer the “what’s for dinner?” questions. Put lunch bag or snacks in the usual place to let others be part of the plan without asking for directions.
Don’t hesitate to ask others to pitch in for five minutes too, helping to make healthy food increases the sense of ownership and enjoyment.
Do you have any tips that you use to help make your meals less stressful? I’d love to hear from you!