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Cooking When Both Parents Work

How do you ensure you cook healthy food for your family if you and your spouse both work outside the home? The key to keeping it all going is planning. I plan my weekly meal list (including lunchbox foods and snacks) on Sunday and make a big trip to both the grocery store and farmer’s market. If I don’t have time or am out of town over the weekend, it’s rough planning meals, going to the store AND cooking meals after work. Any secret tips that work for your family?

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  1. I try to make huge batches of food so that we can either freeze some for another meal or just eat the leftovers a couple times that week. Although I have yet to use one, I know a crockpot is an amazing tool to have for a busy family. You can prep the ingredients the night before and then everything gets tossed in the slow cooker the next morning and is ready when you get home at the end of the day. But just like you said, Stephanie, the key to getting a healthy meal on the table when you’ve been working all day is planning.

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    1. I struggle with the crockpot. Not because the meals aren’t delicious and easy to do, but because I am sometimes away from home for longer than 6 hours, which seems to be the time-frame for a lot of recipes (on low)… I always wonder if they will be very overcooked if it sits on low for 8 hours.

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  2. I use the crock pot all the time! It is a life saver for cooking healthy meals when you have a busy schedule. I have found that anything on low for 8 hours turns out just right. If you are concerned about overcooking the food, you can always get one with a timer that automatically shuts off and just keeps the food warm until you get home.

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    1. Genius! Mine doesn’t have an automatic timer, so I’ll be getting one that does!

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