Preparing a Mindful Kitchen

Tuesday 31 January 2017

The Kitchen.  It really is the heart of any home. Maybe we have returned to working outside the home or maybe we work from home, or maybe we are full on at home with little ones at our feet! Whatever your situation, our kitchens are a place that as parents we often find ourselves (or standing, half leaning on our fridge door wondering what to cook for dinner!).

Today I want to share with you some ways we can prepare our kitchen. Giving a little thought to the things listed below and taking action will have you seeing much more flow when time comes to get into the kitchen to prepare meals.

Creating Sacred Space

Preparing food and meal times really is sacred work, although it often feels the total opposite of this when we have young children. It is ultimately up to us to create the atmosphere in our homes and kitchen and make space for the magic of rituals.

:: De cluttering is a great way to begin. Going through all the cupboards and letting go of those things you never use – even if that little voice in your heads tells you that you will one day! Clear off the bench tops leaving only those things you use daily and that bring you joy…

:: Making space for a little jam jar of fresh flowers or herbs from the garden, little touches like this speak to our Spirit. It offers a little magic from the natural world.

:: Is your dining table cleared? Do you have an area where you’re children can access placemats, mugs and other (age appropriate) things to set the table? We also have a little basket of meal time blessings cards – which make a beautiful ritual for our little ones. Download your free copy on my resource page here.
For more ideas of creating sacred space & meal time rituals, take a look at the Calm & Connected Evening Routine Ebook + Kit HERE.

 

Mindset

:: Whenever we are embarking on taking actions in our lives to experience more flow, it is essential that we support ourselves energetically as well as practically. One simple way we can begin to support ourselves through change, transitions and exciting times of growth (whether than be a fresh perspective in the kitchen, weaning a baby or going back to work) is to drop into stillness through meditation.

Meditation is the single easiest way to allow all that brain fuzz and noise to simply melt away. To

If you are searching for a meditation practice – you may like to begin with the 3 minute mama mindset meditations I created here OR maybe for something a little deeper, try the Infuse Calm for 10 minutes of deep relaxation (+ listen before you buy…).

 

Getting Practical

:: What is your freezer looking like? Is it bustling with homemade broths, soups and easy meals for those busy week nights? These are the things that can really help us be mindful mamas!

If not, begin by ensuring you have plenty of glass jars and glass pryrex containers on hand to store your creations. My other favourite way of storing stock other than mason jars (which have a wide mouth opening) are these Wean Meister freezer pods from Biome. I’ve been using these for many years now and they are wonderful.

:: Ensure you have a good local butcher where you can source ethical & organic meats + a fish monger where you can source sustainable seafood. If not, start asking around to find them!

:: Do you have a slow cooker, stock pot or casserole dish? You will need at least one of these – I find having a few on at the same time, means I get maximum results from my effort.

:: Pantry basics? Sea salt, butter, onion, fresh garlic, potatoes, rice noodles, carrots, tomato passata, coconut cream, LEMONS….you know all those things that mean no after school trips to the shops.

Please note Mamas that this post contains some affiliate links. Should you buy something using these links I may receive a commission. As I’m sure you know, I only share products that I personally love and use in my own kitchen. 

 

 

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