Between the competition and my son’s special GFCF diet this house is a cooking machine with limited space. Here are some random thoughts and notes that work for me in my kitchen.
Get a griddle. Since I cook 3-4 days worth of protein up even in my “normal” lifestyle, I find a griddle so helpful. I can cook days worth of the following:
- Protein pancakes
- White fish of choice (I like tilapia the best)
- Ground turkey burgers
- Mixed vegetables (I love to cook up fresh green beans, red peppers, white onions, and squashes with some Pam and then spray them with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter after it comes off)
- Chicken breasts with Mrs. Dash Table Blend
- Pineapple, apple chuncks, and peaches are also good “stir fried” with some ICBINB and a sprinkle of Splenda if you like it extra sweet
The griddle makes it quick and easy. I use it for Sunday breakfast to cook bacon and eggs at the same time, too. I got mine at Target for 39.99 and it goes in the dishwasher.
Speaking of DISHWASHER. I empty mine first thing in the morning while I make my coffee. I then wash and load all day long and run it at night. I sometimes have to run it twice a day because I cook for our family a hot breakfast before we all go on our way to school/work, I eat at home most of the day while I work, and then I make a dinner each night too. Most of my prep is for all the in between meals that need to travel. 🙂 This makes for a lot of dirty dishes for three people.
A Crockpot. Love this. I typically use it just to cook either chicken or stew meat in chicken or beef broth. I also make soups and chilis for Logan. You can get creative with salsa, diced tomatoes, veggies, marinara sauce, BBQ sauce, etc. Divide it up and toss into wraps, on top of salad, or just in a bag and eat with an apple when in a pinch for a snack or quick meal in the car that travels super easy.
The reason I use stew meat? It’s easy to weigh-out, already cut up, cheap, and lean. It’s like the butchers gift to dieters.
My Spices. The ones I use ALL THE TIME like Mrs. Dash, Vinegar, EVOO, cooking sprays, salt, pepper, sugars for Logan, Splenda for me…all stay on the counter. I keep them together by the food scale.
Gadgets. It might not be the tidiest set up, but I prep food all week and I keep my most used stuff out on the counter. I do a big prep on Sunday and then throw together stuff all week as I cook dinner. I can chop, peel and measure pretty quick and when I’m cooking the family dinner each night I can prep while things are boiling, etc. There’s always deadtime when cooking. What’s on my counter?
- A cutting board
- Sandwich bags and Snack bags
- Wire baskets filled with fruits and veggies just waiting to be cut (I got them from Target and I think it makes the kitchen look healthy and pretty)
- A stainless wine bottle holder filled with slotted spoons and other stuff
- Bleach wipes for quick clean up
I guess my thing is that I would rather have a little clutter on the counters that makes my prep life convenient versus things put away where it’s out of site, out of mind. It’s made my prep life so easy.