8 Shortcuts to Getting Dinner on the Table

By Maureen DeGarmo

There are many different ways to stay organized, but, when you’re ill, the task of creating new solutions can be difficult. Also, doing things differently is sometimes easier to just start than to accept why it is necessary (credit for that thought goes to Sue West, an Organizing Coach in Amherst, NH).

One practical way to reduce stress is by simplifying meal planning. Here are some ideas:

  • Think assembly, rather than cook from scratch.
  • Use your slow cooker to create dump-and-go meals.
  • Locate grocery stores that sell partially-prepared meals.
  • When you do cook, package individual servings for the freezer.
  • Buy an easy-to-cook cookbook, such as this 5 Ingredient Cookbook.
  • Plan meals using one of the meal-planning apps that are listed on our Resources Page.
  • Use a grocery-delivery service, such as Instacart.com.
  • Sign up for Amazon Prime Pantry, to have prepared food and household items delivered to your doorstep (thanks to fellow organizer, Pam, for that tip).

Remember, when you are battling a Traumatic Illness, your priority is to do what you need to do to heal. What are some tricks you use to simply meal planning?

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