Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday's Simple Switch: cook in double batches

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!
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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!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the BBQ sauce recipe! In return, I will give you the key to greatly improving any pulled pork / carnitas / shredded pork dish: make sure you brown the heck out of the pork before putting it into the crockpot. I usually cut it into a few big chunks, then salt and pepper all of it very well. Then really brown the outside on high heat in a heavy pan. Bacon grease is great for this. The browning totally changes the flavor of the meat. It goes from very good to irresistible!