Written by a contributing writer
If you’re anything like me, you know how important it is to cook nutritious meals for your family. However, like me, you probably find that you have less time than you would like to be able to create healthy meals due to all of the tasks a busy mom has to keep up with. Luckily, there are some tricks we can all use to cut our time in the kitchen and create hearty meals for the whole family. Here are some of my favorites:
Plan Every Meal
The first thing you should do if you want to save time in the kitchen is plan your meals. Every Sunday (or whichever day is most convenient for you), sit down and write a list of every meal you’ll be cooking at home and the ingredients you’ll need to create it. Shop for the required groceries once a week, and then you just have to check your food plan every day and get cooking –there’ll be no more running to the grocery store for forgotten ingredients or pre-packaged meals.
Buy Pre-Cut Veggies
They can be a few cents more expensive when fresh, so if you’re on a tight budget, you might want to skip this step or buy pre-cut frozen versions, but investing in pre-cut fruits and veggies is one of the best ways to ensure that you spend less time in the kitchen. They’ll shave several minutes off the prep time for each meal, giving you more time to spend with your family.
Invest in Timesaving Gadgets
There are a number of kitchen gadgets, including high-speed blenders, dicers, and crock pots that can reduce the amount of physical time you have to spend in the kitchen by completing tasks more efficiently. Investing in these might cost you some cash, but you’ll get more of your time back.
Cover Boiling Water
Waiting for water to boil on the stove so that you can cook pasta or soup can be annoying, not to mention time-consuming, but if you put the lid on your pot, the water will heat up much more quickly, and you can get out of the kitchen a little bit sooner.
If you have a family to feed, it makes sense to buy your produce in bulk and cook it in large batches. It takes pretty much the same amount of time to cook two meals worth of soup as it does to cook one, so you’ll save time and have a nutritious meal that just needs to be heated up before serving on one of your busier days.
Thinly Slice Meat
If you want to get in and out of the kitchen as quickly as possible, and you’re cooking a meat dish, instead of cooking it in a big hunk, cut it so that it is about half an inch thick, and you’ll only have to cook it for a couple of minutes on each side in a hot pan.
What are your top tricks for spending less time in the kitchen?