My friend Tia from BecominNeurotic is sharing some fabulous, sanity saving kitchen tips that you can do to make things easier!
Take it away, Tia!
I kinda pretty much hate asking for help.
Maybe it’s because I’m a Leo and we’re stubborn and proud. Maybe it’s because I HATE appearing weak. Maybe it’s just because I like to be difficult. Who knows?
What I do know, is that when I became sick, asking for help became a very real need. There were some things I simply could no longer do. Because I HATE asking for help, I often found myself in conundrums. Like the time my fiance was at work and I really wanted some chips but couldn’t get the bag open. Instead of being smart and cutting the bag, I kept pulling. And the bag finally gave. And chips went everywhere.
Enough conundrums, and I learned to start making things easier on myself. I bought/found/created tools to help me out. I found ways to simplify my daily tasks so that I could minimize how much help I actually needed.
One of the biggest areas of struggle for me has always been cooking. I love cooking. I love being in my kitchen, I love creating yummy things, I love cooking. What I don’t love is how fatigue and sore joints make it hard for me to cook. So, of course, I created some short cuts. It struck me as how these might be helpful for just about anyone: someone battling a chronic illness, a busy and frazzled mom, or that person who just never has enough time in the day.
So here my top 5 best and favorite kitchen tips for those of us who could use a few shortcuts.
*Learn to use your crock pot. (If you don’t have one, I highly recommend investing in one.) It can be used to prep large batches of mashed potatoes, taco chicken, or soups well in advance. One of my favorite things to do is to cook an entire package of frozen chicken in the crock pot with seasonings. The chicken will shred and fall apart. Then you have chicken for salads, wraps, pasta, etc. already cooked and ready to go in your fridge.
*Make double batches whenever possible. Making chili on the weekend? Make a double, freeze half, and you’ll thank yourself when all you have to do is defrost it one night down the road.
- Mad Mommy sneaking in: Make double batches of ground beef, taco meat, poached chicken and marinated meats for fast dinners.
*Your waffle maker can be used for so many other things. Grilled cheese, paninis, brownies… All of these things can be made on your waffle maker. Which can mean less dirty dishes and not having to use the oven.
*Clorox wipes are great for everything. They are wonderful for stove tops, counters, tables, high chairs, everything. They are a quick way to clean and disinfect without having to drag out your entire cleaning ensemble.
*Paper/plastic products might seem reprehensible, but they’re a lifesaver for those of us who don’t have time or energy to do dishes every night. So have some in reserve.
Thanks for sharing you awesome tips, Tia, I really appreciate you guest posting on my blog!
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