Saturday's Simple Switch (SSS) is a weekly column featuring one simple switch you can make to cut back on everyday spending. Remember, every penny saved can help you achieve your goal of spending more time your children!
Anyone who knows me knows that I love cooking. Even though I do enjoy baking my own bread, whipping up a batch of chili or trying out a new way to cook pork, I don't wake up everyday raring to don an apron! And I don't particularly like tackling all of those dishes either!
But we've got to feed our families, right? So today's simple switch is-- cook and bake in double batches. You're already going through the trouble of getting out all of the ingredients and dirtying all of the dishes so you may as well take the extra few minutes it takes to double your recipe!
This switch will not only save you time in the kitchen (just think, you won't have to make dinner some other night of the week!) but it will also save you money as you buy ingredients in bulk, have leftovers for lunches and only heat up the oven/stove/crockpot once.
Some of my favorite recipes to double include:
Chili (sorry, I don't follow a recipe)
Spaghetti (nope, not on this one either)
Baked Oatmeal (my recipe is a little different, it has cinnamon & brown sugar, and olive oil not butter)
Crockpot Shredded Pork BBQ using this sauce
If you're not going to eat the second batch right away (maybe you tire of eating the same thing multiple times throughout the week), freeze the entire meal or divvy it up into single servings that are perfect for lunches.
Such a simple switch can add time to your schedule and food to your freezer-- two things all mommas love!