The daily grind of being a busy mom or working mom can often leave you feeling frazzled and with little time for meal planning and preparation. Your daily to-do list is never-ending - work, dropping off and picking up your kids from school or sports, household chores, errands, and the looming question of what's for dinner. The struggle is as real as it gets.
Mothers everywhere hold a house together, and that’s never been up for debate. Think about all the times you got ill or were out of town. It must have been utter chaos - from meal-prepping to every other small chore, none of them would have been done with quite the same efficiency. Having said that, it’s unfair to expect the mom to be the de-facto chef of the house. A kitchen is a place where everyone regardless of gender must learn the most important life skill of all i.e. cooking.
Whether you’re a cooking pro or not (or even a mom or not), you must learn a thing or two about preparing quick, easy and nutritious meals daily (without losing your entire mind in the process). We assure that this practical and time-saving meal-planning guide will change the way you approach your daily meal-prep activities.
Shopping before your meal plan can be a great way to save time and money, and reduce food waste. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your shopping trips:
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Buying groceries in bulk can be a great way to save money and time, but it can also be a recipe for disaster if you do not plan. Here are a few tips to help you purchase groceries in bulk without overbuying:
Learn the effects of domestic food wastage and the steps to minimize it - read our blog on this topic.
Meal planning on Sundays can help busy moms save time and reduce stress during the week. It allows you to plan and prep healthy meals in advance, avoid last-minute take-outs, and stick to a grocery budget. Additionally, it gives the family a chance to sit together and plan the meals they would like for the week. By dedicating some time on Sundays, busy moms can set themselves up for a more organized, productive, and nutritious week.
Here’s what meal planning on a Sunday may look like for you:
Creating a meal plan can be a daunting task. The best way to go about it is to break it down into manageable steps. Try using a whiteboard to help you visualize your meal plan and keep it organized. Here are some tips to consider when creating and maintaining your meal plan on a whiteboard:
Organizing your favorite family recipes into a recipe binder is a great way to bring everyone together around the dinner table. Not only is it fun to collect recipes, but it's also a great way to preserve the recipes for years to come. Here are some tips for creating a recipe binder that your family will love:
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Preparing ingredients is an important and often time-consuming part of cooking. Here are some tips to help you become more efficient in the kitchen:
Grocery services can aid in meal planning by offering recipe suggestions, meal planning tools, pre-portioned ingredients, food delivery, and personalized recommendations.
Creating a week-long meal plan and grocery list should not be a stressful task that involves planning seven breakfasts, seven lunches, and seven dinners, all at once. Such an endeavor would take up an exorbitant amount of time and yield an excessive amount of food. Instead, the focus should be on creating a plan for five to six dinners per week.
And as for lunches…
Making leftover lunches simple doesn't have to be difficult. Here are a few tips to make your lunchtime meal as easy and efficient as possible:
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and having breakfast staples on hand is essential for a nutritious start. Keeping breakfast staples in the pantry can help you have a delicious and healthy breakfast every day.
There are many breakfast staples you can keep in your pantry to make sure you never go without a good breakfast. Here are some of the most popular breakfast staples to keep at hand:
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Cooking shouldn’t be an all-day affair. Here are some tips to help you limit cooking time while still producing delicious meals:
Smart kitchen gadgets like smart cookers, slow cookers, and sous vide machines can save time by streamlining meal preparation and cooking. They allow for hands-free, set-it-and-forget-it cooking and can also reduce cooking time. With a smart cooking device at your disposal, your everyday cooking time can be greatly reduced.
There are quite a few game-changing smart kitchen devices in the market today. Instant Pot which was launched in 2010, caught on with people in the 2016s when consumers started to warm up to the idea of equipping their kitchens with multi-programmable cookers. Similarly, Rotimatic, an automatic flatbread maker, became well-known among the South Asian diaspora in the US. The latest entrant in the market (and also well-differentiated from most smart kitchen appliances of today), Nymble, is an end-to-end cooking robot that can cook an entire meals for you and your family. Using Machine learning and AI technologies and programmed with countless chef-crafted recipes, categorized by various cuisines and diets, it is one of the most efficient smart cookers available today.
Cooking with your kids can be a fun and educational experience for everyone involved. Not only can children learn valuable lessons about nutrition and basic cooking skills, but they also get to enjoy the result of their hard work. Here are some tips for involving your kids in the kitchen:
Batch cooking is an efficient way to streamline your meal prep and save time in the kitchen. From prepping and planning your meals to cooking larger quantities of ingredients, this guide will offer step-by-step instructions to help you get started with batch cooking. We’ll discuss the basics of batch cooking, provide tips for stocking your pantry, and recommend a few easy recipes to get you started. With batch cooking, you can save time and money while having delicious, nutritious meals all week long.
That being said, batch cooking may not be the healthiest or even the most sustainable option out there since the food made often loses its nutritional value and taste over time (if not consumed within the stipulated time) and leads to food wastage.
The weekday rush often doesn't allow for experimenting with new recipes, so keeping things simple is a must. You may have a job or multiple other responsibilities to attend to, and the same may apply to other family members. In such a scenario, whipping up a brand-new recipe may not be the best idea. This can result in you losing tons of time and energy, and the recipe itself may not live up to your expectations. Instead, mix and match ingredients to prep easy recipes. For example, you could serve breakfast foods for dinner, like eggs and yogurt. Or you could do a snack-style dinner with a variety of healthy offerings. This way, you can make sure everyone is fed without spending too much time in the kitchen.
While meal prep helps you streamline the process of cooking, Nymble goes a step further and ‘does’ the actual cooking. It automates the entire cooking process so all you have to do is load the prepped ingredients and let Nymble prepare you a meal while you go about your day as usual. Besides, it updates you in real-time through app notifications when done.
Moreover, Nymble aids meal planning by giving you access to 500+ ready-to-eat recipes, spanning every cuisine and diet. It lets you filter recipes based on preferences, diet, calories, and ingredients of choice, or even study detailed nutritional information for every recipe you cook. We recognized the need to automate the process of cooking in itself, since people are busier than ever before, and often resort to an unhealthy diet in the process. But at the same time, we chose to empower users to make their own food decisions, by giving them the ability of customizing, curating, tracking and reviewing all meals made by the cooking robot.
With Nymble in your kitchen, you can start your day by picking the recipes you'd like to try. After that, all you have to do is set out a reasonable and time-efficient meal-prep routine. Once the veggies, herbs, spices and all the other ingredients are ready, all that's needful is for you to load them onto your cooking robot's assorted sections and tap 'cook' to begin the cooking process. And in no more than 40 minutes, your meal will be hot and ready! Having this smart kitchen appliance makes your daily meal-planning process extremely efficient, but also gives you the gift of time which you can use to focus on more pressing responsibilities.
In conclusion, as busy moms and working professionals, finding the time for meal planning and preparation can seem like an impossible task. But with the right tools and strategies, mealtime can be transformed into a stress-free and enjoyable experience. Embrace the meal planning solutions presented in this blog and take the first step towards a healthier and happier mealtime routine. Say goodbye to fast food and hello to delicious home-cooked meals, all while managing your busy schedule.