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Preparing delicious and healthy meals does not mean spending a lot of time in the kitchen. At least, not if you try our tips that will greatly facilitate the hard work of any home cook.
1. Make breakfast after dinner
Every loving and caring mother tries to offer her family a breakfast that’s more than just cereals soaked in milk. But cooking something more substantial than a sandwich is too much of a challenge in the morning. Your solution – half-stuff. Some dough for pancakes or dumplings prepared in the evening, can easily spend a night in the fridge and, in fact, become even more delicious after that. All you need to do in the morning is heat up a frying pan or boil some water to finish the cooking process.
2. Take advantage of the modern technology
Multi-cooker is the best friend of those who want to save time without compromising on the quality of food. If there’s anything in the world that’s better than a multi-cooker, it’s a multi-functional pressure cooker, that will not only make soup, stew, porridge or some fancy meat with minimum aid from your side, but will also do it amazingly fast. We’re talking dried beans in under an hour (no soaking), tough beef getting tender in half an hour and so on.
3. Spend a day in the kitchen – free your week
It may seem doubtful at first glance, since you need to dedicate quite a bit of time to cooking in one go. But in one day you can make and freeze a lot of precooked snacks for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a couple of weeks in advance. And obviously, home-made semi-finished products are no comparison to the dodgy supermarket stuff. You’ll always be sure about the ingredients, freshness and expiry date. And don’t worry, many products keep all the important elements even after freezing.
So if you have a roomy freezer, try precooking and storing:
- Dough and dumplings
- Portioned, concentrated broths;
- Cutlets and meatballs;
- Cabbage rolls, stuffed peppers;
- Lasagna, etc.
Do not forget to label the containers, so you know what exactly is inside and when you froze it. This life hack will reduce the cooking time by half, so you can spend more time with your family.
4. Consider the principles of ergonomics
If possible, rearrange the furniture in your kitchen so that your stove, sink and refrigerator become the corners of an imaginary triangle. The working surface between the stove and the sink doesn’t need to be very big, so you don’t have to run around too much. If you can’t move the furniture now, consider this tip for the time of renovation.
Also, do not deny yourself the right to replace the specially cooked breakfast or an afternoon snack with a yogurt, muesli or sandwich with a cup of tea. And as soon as your kids are ready, teach them to prepare little snacks by themselves – it’s a useful and fun skill for them and quite a bit of help for their busy parents.