Helpful Hints for the Harried Caregiver

Meal times …

You’re tired, you’re hungry, everybody else is hungry and there’s no room in the budget for pizza delivery …

Make up a menu a week at a time, this will keep you from having to decide last minute what to fix and will also help you when it comes time to shop for groceries.

Buy several cupcake tins in the regular and large sizes if you don’t already have them, these will become your best friends for portioning!  When I would make meatloaf for Grandpa I would mix up a large portion (2-3 lbs of meat when I was only serving the two of us) and I would bake the meatloaf in large cupcake tins.  This provided a good portion size (1 meatloaf “cupcake”) and they would cook faster as well.  The leftovers I would let cool and then put into freezer bags and freeze to be pulled out for future meals.  I would often get 5 – 6 meatloaf meals from one batch of meatloaf.  Mashed potatoes will also freeze well and can be portioned out in cupcake tins (just use the liners for easy removal after freezing for continued storage with freezer bags).

You can also use the biscuits from a tube with a cupcake tin to make portion sized chicken pot pies or not-so-sloppy joes.  Once again, make a larger batch than what you need for one meal and put the rest away in the freezer for future meals.

Slow cooker meals are also a great way to avoid the end of the day “too tired to cook” syndrome.  I would also use my slow cooker to make chicken or split pea soups and freeze them in 1 cup sized plastic ware.  Makes a quick and handy way of adding some soup to a sandwich for lunch – and considerably cheaper too!


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