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Cutting Your Kitchen Prep Time in Half — Or More!
Posted By Crystal Paine On January 8, 2013 @ 3:00 am In Getting organized,Homemaking,In the kitchen,Menu Planning,Real Food,Real, whole food,Realfoodmadesimple | 42 Comments
By Crystal Paine , Contributing Writer
Are you working to ditch processed foods and put more real food on the table? This month we're running a series called Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner's Guide to Eating Better . Our goal is to answer the questions  you might have and make the transition a whole lot easier!
Meal planning  is key to success and efficiency in the kitchen. We all probably know this. But you have to be intentional about it, or it doesn't happen.
I've done different things over the years, but what's currently working is to set aside time on Saturday morning to plan our menu for the upcoming week. While I'm planning the menu, I also make the grocery list. Then, on Saturday afternoon, I head to the store to do the shopping.
This ensures that we start the week with a full refrigerator and pantry -- and that we have the ingredients on hand to make the items on our menu! Then, throughout the week, I just have to work the plan.
My usual set up when planning our weekly menus  -- laptop, magazine clippings, my home management binder, and coffee!
German Chocolate Fudge Bites  -- so yummy! These can be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer for up to 4-6 weeks.
I love to cook and bake. But I often don't have time to spend hours in the kitchen -- especially on busy weekdays. However, that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy home-cooked meals. It just means I have to get creative and make the most of my time in the kitchen.
We might not live in the age of servants, but we certainly have some fantastic modern appliances at our disposal. Use them to your advantage!
Making Homemade Applesauce in the Crock Pot 
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 Crystal Paine: http://www.moneysavingmom.com
 Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner's Guide to Eating Better: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/tag/real-food-made-simple
 to answer the questions: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2013/01/real-food-made-simple-a-beginners-guide-to-eating-better.html
 Meal planning: http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/03/menu-planning.html
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 planning our weekly menus: http://moneysavingmom.com/tag/weekly-menu-plan/
 Recipes I Want to Try: http://pinterest.com/msmblog/recipes-i-want-to-try/
 Plan It, Don't Panic: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/my-books/plan-it-dont-panic-a-complete-meal-planning-resource
 free menu planning forms : http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/03/free-menu-planning-download.html
 more here: http://www.fabnfree.com/2011/12/13/20-free-menu-planner-printables/
 one of these meal-planning boards. : http://www.mealplanningmagic.com/2012/08/8-meal-planning-board-tutorials-pinterest-inspiration.html
 what you already have in your refrigerator and freezer: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/06/the-benefits-of-eating-down-the-pantry.html
 Ingredient Search Feature on AllRecipes.com: http://allrecipes.com/search/default.aspx?ms=1&origin=Home%20Page&qt=i
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 German Chocolate Fudge Bites: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/02/08/german-chocolate-fudge-bites/
 Beginner's Guide to Freezer Cooking post: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/05/a-beginners-guide-to-freezer-cooking.html
 Stephanie's Real Food Freezer Cooking sessions.: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/06/cook-more-real-food-freezer-cooking-day-1-results.html
 week's worth of layered salads: http://www.thekitchn.com/salad-in-a-jar-make-a-week-of-lunches-173014
 browning it in the crock pot.: http://beautyandbedlam.com/cooking-ground-beef-in-crock-pot/
 pancakes: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/12/pumpkin-spice-pancakes-a-perfect-winter-breakfast.html
 my favorite homemade baking mix: http://moneysavingmom.com/2011/06/homemade-baking-mix-recipe.html
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 amazing rotisserie chicken: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/crockpot-rotisserie-style-chicken.html
 homemade yogurt: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/06/homemade-yogurt-in-the-crock-pot.html
 homemade applesauce: http://moneysavingmom.com/2011/01/homemade-crock-pot-pear-sauce-or-applesauce.html
 Crockpot Freezer Cooking: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/11/crockpot-freezer-cooking-40-meals-in-4-hours.html
 new ebook "Crock On": https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1165880&c=ib&aff=57593&cl=191502
 Zojirushi Bread Machine: http://moneysavingmom.com/msm/2010/12/christmas-gift-guide-zojirushi-bread-machine-and-win-one-too/
 homemade bread: http://moneysavingmom.com/2008/08/homemade-bread.html
 bread sticks: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/08/homemade-breadsticks-in-the-bread-machine.html
 cinnamon swirl bread: http://moneysavingmom.com/2011/02/cinnamon-swirl-bread-recipe.html
 homemade rolls: http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/01/bread-machine-buttery-rolls.html
 cinnamon rolls: http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/01/bread-machine-cinnamon-roll.html
 most-used appliance: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/05/seven-reasons-to-love-an-important-kitchen-tool-for-healthy-food-prep.html
 homemade fruit smoothies: http://moneysavingmom.com/2011/03/pick-me-up-smoothie-recipe.html
 green smoothies: http://iowagirleats.com/2012/01/04/my-top-secret-diet-weapon/
 healthy peanut butter chocolate banana "ice cream": http://userealbutter.com/2010/08/12/single-ingredient-ice-cream-recipe/
 very inexpensive homemade rice milk : http://moneysavingmom.com/2011/09/do-it-yourself-homemade-rice-milk.html
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