**Sadly, I have been away from my blog for way too long. Happily, I am coming back and have lots of things planned to kick it all off and get back to regular blogging.
Life has taken many turns (as it always does) and I have spent most of my last few months writing for money. And frankly, after writing for work, I just don't feel like writing for fun.
While I haven't been writing on my blog, I still have been obsessively talking with people about food and cooking daily for my family. What I have learned is that for those that do not cook real food, the biggest obstacles to doing so are time and skill.
As I always tell my boys, skill is only learned after lots of practice. Sure, you may not like practicing, but if your health is counting on it, you may want to consider it. Many people feel that cooking at home is the key to ending the obesity crisis in our country. I agree.
I can't help so much with making you skillful, but I do have lots of timesaving tips that make it easier for me and my family to eat real food. For this reason, I have started this weekly column named Real Food Real Easy. Here I plan to write about tips and tricks I have learned over the years that help me save time and money making real food work with a busy lifestyle.
Hope you enjoy it!
Real Food Real Easy: Cheat Sheets
For as long as I have been cooking real food, I have kept cheat sheets. While it is all fine and good to look up recipes some of the time, realistically, if you are going to be cooking everyday, you need to save time somewhere.
I have created a few standard cheat sheets. These are mostly baked items in my house, but could work for a whole host of recipes depending on your frequency for making them. This is my standard cheat sheet that I use pretty frequently:
These are all items that I know the steps to make them. I don't write any directions on my cheat sheets, but you could also do that too. The idea is that the recipes are easily accessible and able to be viewed hands free. I tape mine on the inside of my cabinents.
I write mine out. However, this could also be easily done on the computer for a cleaner look. I also laminate them so that if they get wet or dirty they are easily wiped clean again.
Try making some cheat sheets today to save some time and allow you to easily cook items you may not otherwise.
How do you save time in the kitchen?