You may be participating in our grain free for a week challenge or you might just want to try a few new recipes. Either way, a grain free cooking power hour or two, is a great way to get started and save yourself so much time throughout the week.
I love my grain free cooking power hours. I feel so accomplished when I’m done, and my week goes along much more smoothly because my menu is planned and half of my prep work for the week is done. Oh, and the house smells fabulous, too!
When I do a power hour(s), I work backwards, starting with the things that will take the longest. In the case of this week’s menu, that’s the sweet potato casserole, so I’ll start by putting a large stockpot of water on the stove to boil. While the water’s boiling, I’ll load up my bread maker with the ingredients for making my grain free bread, I’d preheat the oven for the roast pork, and then start peeling some carrots. After the carrots are peeled, halved, and then sliced into thirds, I’d set them aside. If you have a double oven, then you could even pre-heat it and roast your carrots ahead of time. If not, no worries, it only takes half an hour to roast carrots, they can go in the oven while you’re cooking the roast pork stroganoff on the stovetop later in the week.
If you’re really looking to get a jump on your week, one of the easiest ways to cut down on meal prep time is to cook your ground beef/turkey ahead of time. It takes a short while and by frying it all at once and either refrigerating it or freezing it until you need it, you’ve cut the meal prep time for cheeseburger pie, or creamy spinach bake in half!
Speaking of cheese burger pie and creamy spinach bake, many pre-shredded cheeses use corn starch to prevent caking. That’s a huge no no for me. If I eat cheese with corn starch in it, I am guaranteed a stomach ache. My cheddar cheese goes through my cheese grater without a problem. If you’re using fresh mozzarella and it gums up in your cheese grater, you can slice it with an egg slicer. Besides getting the junk out of your cheese, shredding your own cheese is beneficial. It’s cheaper, keeps longer and tastes better this way!