Together, let’s tackle this. Organizing Dinner looks forward to helping you, and showing you it’s much easier than you might think. We have simple strategies that have been working for hundreds of happy cooks over the years. Here’s a recap of some of the simple steps we recommend:
Step 1 — Play on the Offense
Approach the cooking process like a sport. Prepare yourself with the right equipment. Have a game plan. Make it a game plan for life (every time you set out to play your favorite sport again you don’t recreate your plan — build on the skills you’ve already honed). Practice. And most important, show up “ready to play”. This means get in there and using the Smart Ingredients you have, make the most of your time in the kitchen, work efficiently, and use strategies that are aimed at saving time and money and streamlining the process to WIN the dinner game.
Step 2 — Shop Smart
Whether you buy and use the 70 Meals, One Trip to the Store cookbook, or follow your own list of stock up Smart ingredients, focus on those for the year ahead. Cut out all the ingredient clutter. This means don’t buy things necessarily because they are just on sale or you have a coupon, but rather buy more of the things you know you will use many times, and less of the things you know you will use once, if ever. The result: ALWAYS have many options on hand that you can make for dinner.
Step 3 — Gifts to Yourself
Make the most of your time in the kitchen. There are many things you can multitask in the kitchen that later result in gifts to yourself. For example, while simmering one dish, prep ahead for the next meal or tomorrow. When grilling chicken or browning ground beef, make double and freeze half for a future meal. Use the leftovers in your fridge to create a great soup or second meal. See our website and 40 Dinner Duos, Cook Once Eat Twice for recipe ideas.
Step 4 — Stay Tuned
Organizing Dinner provides new tips, strategies and recipes for dinner success each week. Our past blog posts are full of them. We offer in-home classes in many major markets. And we are always here if you have a cooking question. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or post on our Facebook page.