A great time saving tip that I recommend for busy people is to double up recipes. Why, you ask? Well, for one thing it really doesn’t take much extra effort to just make more of something. You already have the ingredients out, the measuring cups or pans are already dirty and you are already in the kitchen cooking. The reason it will make your life easier is that when you don’t have the time to cook, pulling a homemade ready made meal out of the freezer is easy. Instead of stopping to get pizza, you can have a healthy meal that you prepared in advance.
The other great thing about making extra is having left overs. You can take them to work so you don’t have to buy lunch or you have them for dinner in a couple of nights. It saves time and money when you cook in larger quantities.
It is also nice if you are having company over that may be unexpected or last minute. You can pull out one of your delicious dishes from the freezer and still have time to tidy up before they get there. They will be amazed and you will be less stressed if you have a back-up plan. With a busy family comes uncertainty and a back-up plan is always a good thing to have.
One of my favorite recipes to double up on is cookies. I never make one batch of cookies. I always double it and freeze most of the dough. I separate it into smaller containers and whenever my family wants fresh cookies, I just pull the dough out of the freezer and in 20 minutes we have freshly baked homemade cookies. It does not take long when you pull the dough out of the freezer for it to soften enough to drop it onto a cookie sheet. Make sure that you lable and date anything you put in your freezer so you can rotate and use the oldest first.
I hope that the next time you go to make chili or chocolate chip cookies that you will double the recipe and then pack some away in your freezer for the next rainy day or cooking craving!