You may know me as an author (hopefully), but I’m also an Operations Manager at my day job, working 24 hours on-call for 14 day shifts and helping out on my off days. If that wasn’t enough, in my secret identity I’m a housewife dealing with food, laundry, and bills.
So how do I manage living 14 days a time? By shaving a few minutes whenever I can. I’m sharing a few of my short cuts, to help you to get organized. These little time savers can elevate you from take-out junkie to domestic god/goddess.
My first time-saver is very simple. The idea came from a hot summer day when Brat was in the mood for a carne asada. We rounded up the gang for our usual Saturday night get-together and threw some meat on the grill.
We fixed too much food. Not a problem, unless you have family members who don’t take to left overs. What to do now? Well, you get creative and work on plan ahead meals. In essence, you’re cooking once and preparing for a second meal.
Danny, our grill master for the day, tossed an extra sirloin in for me. Now, if you aren’t cooking out, first I’d say sorry (see picture above and realize what you’re missing). Then I’d say you can still cook your steak in the broiler. The broiler is the section at the very bottom of most stoves. You cook with a flame, so it gives the meat a nice flavor. If not, you can still use a cast iron grill or skillet.
Once you pull the steak off the fire, and let it rest, you slice it thin or cube it, depending on your taste, but make sure you leave bite sized pieces. The next day you can throw together a nice, fresh salad, or you open up a pre-made mixed salad and top it with the steak you’ve prepared. (Reheating is to taste).
Brat is happy with a delicious, meaty dinner. I’m happy with no mess to clean up, no greasy take out, and best of all, no pots and pans to wash.
With some planning, your prep time can be as little as five minutes. For us, dinner is our sit down meal together, for you it might be at a different time of the day. Either way, you’re maximizing your time together-make the best of it!
Do you have any life cheats to share with our domestic gods/goddesses? Drop me a line or share in the comments. Our next food idea could come from you!