Caring for an elderly family member is not only stressful, but it also takes a lot of time. If you’re balancing care of a parent with care of one or more child, there’s little time to waste. You need meals that are quick without sacrificing nutrition. Here are some quick cooking and menu planning tips.
Prepare Meals in Bulk When Possible
Instead of making separate batches of rice a few nights a week, cook one huge batch. Use what you need that night. Divide the leftovers into freezer bags and put the portions in the freezer. When you need rice, you can thaw it and turn it into baked rice dishes or stir-fried dishes with ease.
In addition to rice, you can freeze other sides like mashed potatoes, pasta, and whole grains. You’ll spend less time cooking a side dish for dinners throughout the week and more time with your family.
Stock Up on Seasonal Deals
If you eat meat and poultry, stock up on items when they’re on sale. Just before Thanksgiving, whole turkeys often go on sale for less than 50 cents a pound. Buy as many as you can and tuck them in the freezer. When you roast one, the leftover turkey can get portioned out into freezer bags. Use the frozen turkey meat for soups, one-pot dinners, and casseroles.
Corn on the cob is usually cheap in the summer months. Chicken thighs are also cheaper during the grilling season. It’s a good time to stock up and fill the freezer.
Plan a Week at Once
Buy a large magnetic whiteboard. Look for one that has a calendar grid and extra space for notes. On the notes portion, cut a piece of fabric into a pocket that fits in the notes section. Use glue to adhere the sides and bottom of that fabric to the board. Leave the top open to form a pocket. Take small index cards and slide them into the pocket you’ve created. Trim them if needed until they fit into the pocket.
Ask family members to come up with favorite dinners. Jot the dinners down on the cards and slide them into the pocket. For each day of the week, you’ll pick a card and use a magnet to affix it to that day. You have a week’s worth of meals planned out.
Enlist the help of caregivers to help prepare meals. While a caregiver is preparing your parents’ meals, you can head to your house to get caught up on meal preparation and household chores. If you live with your parents, a caregiver enables you to take a break and go out with friends.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Homecare in Alpharetta, GA, please call the caring staff at Always Care Nursing Service today.
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