Saving Time in the Kitchen – With (or Without) a Newborn

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A Newborn.

Sweet smells, cuddles, sitting, rocking, nursing. And sitting some more.

A wonder lies in your arms. You’ve been waiting for this moment. It should all be bliss, but the rest of life goes on.

No time.to cook.to clean.to… you get the picture. And if you have children, you know exactly what I mean. You want all of your time to be devoted to this precious new life, but the laundry, cleaning and the rest of your family still needs you and your attention.

Well, whether or not you have a newborn, if you are like me, you need to save time in the kitchen.

Life.Family.Church.School.Cooking. Laundry.Photo albums (no, I haven’t started mine again yet :-)!

Not that I don’t love cooking, mind you, but sometimes I’d just like to be done with it a little faster.

And for those of us trying to eat foods more and more the way that God created them (i.e. not boxed and pre-packaged), every little time-saving strategy helps us achieve our goals.

Well, to help you out, I’ve put together some ideas to help you.

Head on over to Modern Alternative Mama and see some of my best time-saving kitchen tips.

I hope when you’re done you’ll be out of the kitchen quicker and onto other good things in life!

Please come on back here after reading my post and let me know what you think or if you have any questions. 

I can’t interact with readers over there, but I sure would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks!

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  1. Great tips! Now I really want a pressure cooker!

  2. I’ve never tried pressure cooking though I’ve heard roasts do well in them.

    I try to cut up a bunch of veggies for the week to save time when I’m making sauteed veggies each night.

  3. These are great tips. I am not a cook at all, so these simples steps are something that even non-cookers can love.

  4. When I had a newborn I didn’t cook a darn thing besides baby food because I didn’t want to have anything to clean up!

  5. Great post! I like the garlic tip. I have done that, but usually I use a garlic press, which is an option you didn’t mention. I put the unpeeled clove in the press, and it squishes out at least 90% of the garlic through the peel, and then when I take out the peel I find up to 10% of the crushed garlic around the back and flick it into the pot from there. I only peel garlic if the outside is dirty, or if the recipe calls for whole or sliced instead of crushed.

    My favorite kitchen trick when I had a newborn was making a giant pot of Lentil Rice that I could reheat for many nutritious meals. There are several flavor variations.

    • Hi Becca.

      I should mention the press, though a number of commenters did. I never cared for it since it is so hard to clean and on a technical note, I believe that it is really to be used when you want intensified garlic flavor. Thanks for the compliment and the recipe!

  6. Good tips. I’ve always made my beans in large batches to freeze for later

  7. Great tips :)

  8. Adrienne,
    You have brought back a lot of memories, some of which I am grateful have passed, lol, the others I treasure forever. Hope you have a wonderful holiday week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. I’ve wanted a pressure cooker for a long time and now I really want one!

  10. Welcome to Fitness Friday! Great blog with useful information. I hope you’ll join us again. Maybe a healthy recipe or something else from the kitchen that is health/fitness specific. Thanks and have a great weekend!

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  11. Great tips!
    Linking up from the Blog hop! Have a great day!
    http://thebiancamanos.blogspot.com/2011/09/fit-friday.html

  12. Hi,
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  14. Excellent tips, Adrienne! Your post is a wonderful resource. Thank you for sharing it with The Gallery of Favorites!

  15. I would do just about anything not to spend soooooooo much time in the kitchen :)