Timesaving Cooking Tips
Cooking more meals at home this past year has been therapeutic for some and stressful for others. Whether you’ve found yourself in a cooking rut or just need some slack, follow these suggestions to create easy, flavorful meals while saving valuable time, money and energy.
Cook Once, Eat Twice
Plan meals that will last longer and ease your cooking tasks for the week. Cook proteins that can easily transition into double-duty meals. For example, put aside some cooked ground beef from a chili recipe to make tacos throughout the week, or make a large batch of rice or pasta for several quick and easy dishes. You’ll save tons of time by not having to cook from scratch twice.
Freeze for Later
Don’t think you’ll eat your large batches before they spoil? No problem – freeze them! The freezer is key for saving both the integrity of your ingredients and time! Prep and freeze elements of your favorite recipes or freeze the entire dish. Simply thaw and reheat whatever you’re craving.
Choose Passive Cooking Techniques
Cooking appliances can help you prepare flavorful meals more easily. Meals made in a slow cooker, rice cooker, Instant Pot® or air fryer are great for nights you want to set it and forget about it. Take advantage of these gadgets that do the heavy lifting plus alleviate cleaning stress.
Slicing and dicing ingredients for meal prep is time-consuming. Pick up ready-to-cook veggies like prewashed greens, pre-chopped vegetable medleys and shaved Brussels sprouts for a timesaving shortcut. Or, rely on frozen fruit and vegetable varieties to bring flavor, nutrition and convenience to your favorite recipes.
Take a vacation from your oven and stovetop by creating easy no-cook meals. Rotisserie chicken is an excellent ingredient to keep on hand, as well as staples like olive oil, tomato sauce or paste, canned beans or fish, bottled dressings, spices and seasonings. These essentials will help you create delicious pantry-to-plate meals that come together in a flash.