What steps does it take to plan and execute a make-ahead meal plan? You need a desire to take on a big project. Along with planning what meal recipes you will use you will need to prepare for the grocery shopping trip. You will need a prepping and cooking game plan for the day you put these meals together. Having all the storage space cleaned out ahead of time will be a necessity. You will need to decide on the types and sizes of the storage containers you will use for each meal. Then again check your motives because this is an undertaking for the brave.
How to Organize Before Cooking
Start with the recipes and how many meals you want to make ahead. Remember this is a lot of work and take s a block of time, so starting small is still a start. You may already have a few recipes that you know will freeze well and that your family enjoys. Then do some research from freezer cookbooks from the library. Pinterest is a quick and easy way to find recipes. The website www.allrecipes.com has a search method that allows you to put in, or leave out, specific ingredients, create a grocery list and save to your favorites. Once you have the recipes, you can start your grocery list. Remember to “shop” your pantry, fridge, and freezer first. You can cross-reference your grocery list with the weekly sales circular. Now schedule the shopping trip and the cooking on different days, but close enough that your fresh food does not spoil. Finally, make sure any of your small appliances or cooking utensils you will be using are clean and in working order.
The Day of Prepping and Cooking
Most of the articles on bulk freezer cooking advise you to get a good night sleep, eat a hearty breakfast, and keep a glass of water nearby on the day you will be cooking. Take the advice to heart. You will also want to dress for comfort and wear supportive footwear. If you are working with someone else, go over the day’s schedule and split up the tasks. Prep work includes washing and cutting up any of the fresh ingredients, preheating the oven if needed, and starting some boiling water if you are precooking any kinds of pasta, vegetables, grains, beans, etc. Whatever has the longest cook time is what you want to start first. Remember one step at a time, and you will get it all done. Once you have everything prepped and precooked, you can begin to assemble the meals in the containers. Make sure you choose a storage method that works for the meal, ensuring you can both store and reheat in the same container. Remember to label the meal and if possible, any cooking instructions. When you finish your long day of make-ahead freezer meals, do a little happy dance, you did it!
Want a quick make-ahead plan? Next time you make one of your family’s favorite meals, double the recipe and put in the freezer for the future.
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Whether you’re renovating an old home or moving into a new house, you want to put your personal stamp on your environment by selecting beautiful paint colors to make your home unique to you. This year paint trends are moving toward nature and natural themed coloring and effect. You can choose a warm color scheme or a cool color scheme to reflect your personality and the tones that evoke the best atmosphere for you.
These colors will be yellow based. Don’t fear! Your home won’t look like a mustered commercial or a school bus themed home. With warm colors, you can achieve a peaceful tone in your home. To find the right warm coloring for your home, consider the following.
Warm colors work with most lighting. Most homeowners are using halogen lighting which has a yellow undertone, unlike LED lighting which has a blue undertone. Yellow undertones will pair best with your warm paint colors. If you have dark furniture warm tones will accent the furniture. Even with heavy wooden or upholstered furniture in your home light colored, but warm, paint accents will help create a larger sense of space.
For warm colors, you want to find a great beige or neutral color that calm you and bring a relaxed vibe to your home. Warm colors pair well with warm based white. So, while you're trying to enlarge your space with a subtle white tone, you can add warm colors that tend to evoke a sense of comfort to your home while creating a sense of space. Use warm colors as accent walls, but be wary of covering all your wall space with neutral tones. It might make your living space seem smaller.
These colors will be blue based. With cool color look for blue, green or red tinted selections to accent your space. Different from warm colors these will enlarge your space. They will accentuate more active areas in your home. Use them in communal spaces like your kitchen, living room or game room.
Cool colors work well with LED lighting allowing you to save energy while creating a vibrant, active space in your home. Cool coloring also pairs well with the minimalist design. If you have a low profile and modern furniture, consider cool colored pairings in both paint and fabric accents in your home.
For any home, there are many color schemes. You don't have to follow trends, but it is advisable to consult your local paint professional and home décor advisor to select the best pairing for your home environut. You want to create the best and most habitable space for your lifestyle.