I believe in feeding my family the healthiest meals that I can which means I make a lot of things from scratch. Since my family comes first and feeding them nutritious food is part of that I find it difficult to fit in my other priorities, writing in particular. I've been working on streamlining my kitchen time so that I can have more time (and energy) for writing.
Here are a few things that I have been trying:
- Freezer Cooking. I purchased this book and made one of the meal plans with a friend. It took 4 hours longer than the plan stated but I now have several meals on hand for busy days. They might not be as whole food as I prefer for everyday but they are way better than store bought convince foods.
- Audible. How does Audible help me cook? Well, it doesn't but listening to an audio book while I clean the kitchen keeps me focused and I can whittle down my to read pile while I work. A clean kitchen does help me cook :) I sometimes get audio books from the library which is a great option if you don't want to spend anything.
- Making breakfast the night before or on the weekend. My children love muffins, banana bread, baked oatmeal and many other baked breakfast foods. I make my own so I know what is in them. I can add all sorts of healthy ingredients. I have found that if I make a large batch of something after the kids are in bed I can have breakfast made and cleaned up before I even go to bed. I love it! What's even better is that I can listen to an audio book while I cook then do writing sprints while things are in the oven!
What are some ways that you have found to keep everyone fed and still have time for writing (or whatever else you need time for)?