What busy family doesn’t love saving time, especially in the kitchen or doing the cleaning!  I didn’t realize how many tricks I had during my full-time work-outside-the-house days, until some of my friends suggested I write them all down and share them!  This page is where I will post some of those tricks from time to time.  Check back soon, you may find a trick that helps you!

5/3/18 If you saw my post for Orange-Ginger Chicken, you know that I intentionally prepared extra chicken.  That’s because having pre-cooked chicken in the fridge is a great week-night time saver when it comes to dinner prep.  Today’s recipe is for a simple salad using some chopped ingredients, including some of that pre-cooked chicken, on a bed of fresh baby spinach leaves.  It’s quick and there’s no need to turn on the oven or stove on those warm spring and summer nights.  Click here for Spinach Salad with Chicken, Egg, and Mushroom.

From Houston…We Have a Communication Problem on 10/6/07: If you love the flavor of enchiladas but hate to spend all that time rolling individual enchiladas, a layered casserole is the way to go!  Try my Green Chile and Chicken Enchilada Bake to save a little bit of time and mess.  It’s even quicker if you have pre-cooked chicken in the fridge.Wall Clock

From Mommy Needs an Attitude Check on 7/20/17:  We may be tired, we may be busy, but there’s still time for a homemade dinner.  There are many tricks to getting the family fed when life gets busy–slow cookers, semi-homemade, meal prep, dump and bake freezer meals, casseroles, left-over re-mix, and sheet pan dinners.  All of these help me keep my family fed so we rarely have to rely on take-out, fast food, or packaged and processed meals.  Today’s recipe is Oven Roast Chicken and Sweet Potatoes cooked on a sheet pan.  While the chicken and vegetables roast in the oven, I toss a salad and then use the rest of the cooking time to go through my daughter’s backpack and school papers, read the mail, prepare any bills to send, start laundry, etc.  Dinner is basically “hands off” so I can get some other stuff done.  Plus, one pan equals less clean up equals more time for mom!

From My Unruly Salad on 7/21/17: A time saving trick I use, when I’m chopping all of these salad ingredients, I also prepare carrot, celery, and cucumber sticks for the week’s lunches and place in a storage container in the refrigerator.  This also allows for healthy on-the-go snacks.

From Road Trip! on 7/31/17:

  • Kiddie Road Trip Mix
  • 2 Cups Each-pretzel sticks, Goldfish crackers, raw almonds, yogurt raisins PLUS 1 cup peanut M&M’s
  • Place in large bowl; toss to mix.  Place 1 cup of the mix in 9 snack-size zip-top bags.  My price per individual snack bag was 1.40, which is not bad for a healthier-than-a-gas-station snack, but you could even get this price a little lower if you grab your ingredients from the dollar store or Aldi.  Also, the kids can throw this snack together while you work on some of the other packing, it’s so easy!