Juggling day-to-day life is complicated and sometimes the question, ‘what’s for dinner?’ can send many of us into a panic. Try these 5 Secrets for Kitchen Success to make homemade meal planning, shopping and preparation a breeze!
5 Secrets for Kitchen Success
It may seem like a full-time food blogger shouldn’t struggle with the idea of ‘what’s for dinner’, but that is like saying a mechanic knows how to change the oil on every make/model of car out there. Or a doctor who can diagnose any disease without research. Just because it’s our job, doesn’t mean we have all the answers.
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And yes, dinnertime can feel like work. Not work in the sense of ‘it’s been a long day and I’m too tired to cook’, but actual WORK! Imagine pulling an extra shift on the job and not getting paid for it… So as much as I love to cook, and blog about food, it’s nice to have a little extra help with the details.
This is where Gatheredtable steps in and makes life easier by answering the age-old dinner question with their custom online meal planning and smart grocery lists! They provide customers with the tools necessary to plan, shop for and prepare customized homemade dinners. You just tell them often you want to cook, how much time you have, food avoidances, etc and they hook you up with recipes and a shopping list to fit your needs.
As a foodie I love that you can tweak the meal plans, even adding in your favorite recipes from awesome bloggers like your’s truly or beloved family favorites. Gatheredtable is like having your own personal foodie assistant waiting at your beck and call!
So now that you have your personal plan from Gatheredtable all ready to go, let’s chat about 5 Secrets for Kitchen Success!
Whether it is keeping things neat and tidy in the pantry, using food labels to keep track of leftovers or assigning a shelf in the fridge for snacks; getting, and staying, organized will go a long way towards saving you time and energy in the kitchen. Knowing what you have and where it is makes dinner time that much easier.
Build A Stockpile
Non-perishable items like canned goods, pastas, rice, and spices are great things to stock up on when they are on sale. Keep an eye out after a big holiday for markdowns on baking items. I also like to buy meat in bulk, break it down into meal sized portions and freeze it. Grains, cereal, nuts and dried fruits are great bulk bin items.
Buy a few extra items each shopping trip when you can afford it and slowly build a stockpile. After that you simply need to replace items as you use them. Gatheredtable even has a great pantry feature to help you stay on track.
Eventually you will get to the point where you are only buying replacement items for your stockpile, specialty ingredients and your fresh fruits and veggies!
Cook For Tomorrow
If you watch popular food shows, you have probably seen more than one episode about cooking more than one meal at a time. Make extra at dinner so you can repurpose leftovers for lunch the next day. Gatheredtable has all kinds of recipes for repurposing leftovers too.
About every 2 weeks I like to roast a full chicken and shred the meat to store in the fridge/freezer for lunches. Then I use the bones to make stock in the crockpot. Ground meats are another great make ahead ingredient. Brown several pounds of beef, turkey or pork at once, then portion it out for casseroles, chilis and don’t forget tacos!
Have A Plan
A weekly meal plan can really save time throughout the week, but I get frustrated with the amount of time it takes to sit down and map it all out! Planning blog recipes for the month takes time and family meals tend to take a backseat. Because we do eat meals that aren’t featured on the blog!
Gatheredtable has really helped me get a handle on our offline meals and even inspired new recipe ideas. If it is a busy week full of deadlines I can adjust the amount of time I’m spending in the casa kitchen.
Shop With A List
This is a big one for me. I usually need a list to keep track of my lists, and I still feel unorganized half the time! The shopping list feature is one of my favorite parts about Gatheredtable. You simply pick the days you want to shop for (anywhere from just 1 day to several weeks!) and they create a perfectly organized list that combines the ingredients for all your recipes.
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They will even donate 1% of profits to Edible Schoolyards Project – www.edibleschoolyard.org
What meals are you looking forward to making with Gatheredtable?
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