Here are few ideas for making cooking more convenient and time-saving than ordering takeout:
Make a menu first
When it comes to mealtime, writing down what you want to prepare for the week means that you have the food on hand. It also alleviates the burden of figuring out what you’re going to eat for dinner. Some of us are great at just tossing recipes together and whipping together a delicious dinner, while others benefit from the assurance and direction of a recipe. You’ll get better at cooking without a recipe over time, but in the meantime, use recipes and menus to relieve the stress of choosing what to prepare at the last minute. Investing in some things which might reduce cooking time is also a great idea- in this case you must consider checking out multi cooker buying guides.
Make grocery shopping trips a must
Those post-work trips to the supermarket are inconvenient, particularly when you’re fighting rush hour traffic to make yet another stop. Shopping after work almost always means you’re starving, and hungry shoppers are more likely to buy fast foods and treats. Reduce the shopping trips to once or twice a week to get home faster and waste less time driving around town. If you frequent a farmers’ market or receive a farm box, you can plan your menu around what’s in season.
Stock Your Pantry and Freezer
Any chef has a well-stocked pantry, so they can whip together a quick meal with only a few perishable ingredients. It can take some getting used to, but keeping a couple of these on hand means, you can still put a good meal on the table, even though there seems to be “no food in the kitchen.” For nights where you’re too lazy to cook, check the freezer section of your health food store (like Trader Joe’s) for some healthier pre-prepared meals.
Practice Knife Skills
Vegetables are an essential part of every real food meal. Even if they aren’t the star of the show, they are unavoidably required to give the dish flavour (like onions, garlic, celery, carrots, tomatoes, etc). Meal prep will take an eternity if you’re not comfortable with your knife. Check out any knife tips on YouTube, catch up on some cooking programs, and actually practice cutting up veggies. The longer you do it, the better and simpler it becomes.
Cooking in Bulk
It practically cuts the amount of time you spend standing over the stove in half. Imagine getting a ready-to-eat meal waiting for you when you get home. Let’s imagine you’re preparing a meal for a dinner party, even though it’s all for yourself.
Make Use of Your multi cooker Meals
Everyone seems to think stir-fry is a fast meal, and although it is “simple,” it does require you to stand over the stove making sure nothing burns. Cooking food in the multi cooker is a simple “set it and forget it” job. You might also consider checking out some multi cooker buying guides.