Whether you are entertaining or serving up a family meal finding ways to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying family is always your goal. Here are some tips to help you save time in the kitchen.
Plan and Save
If you are tired of the kids asking “what’s for dinner?” and not having an answer begin planning a weekly menu. This will help in two ways: First it will save money as you buy only what you need and second it will save you time fussing about coming up with a plan.
Look for Healthy Convenience Items
Doing things the old fashioned way is always honourable but definitely not practical. Look for time saving items such as lasagne noodles that do not have to be par-boiled, canned beans that don’t have to be soaked and frozen veggie items that still have all the nutrients of fresh ones but are already prepared like spinach and pre-cut haricots vert. You can also find new rice items and hot cereals with the same nutritional values and half the cooking time. Beware of canned veggies that contain a lot of salt and if need be drain and rinse them to help remove excess sodium.
Look for Prepared Fresh Food Items
With the rising demand for healthier foods there are more and more fresh, healthy foods becoming available ready to use. Salads and even pre-shredded carrots and cabbage for cole slaw save tons of time. Apple slices, skewered meats, boneless chicken breasts and even fish cut to proper serving sizes all make cooking less tedious, but no less delicious.
Look for time saving homewares online such as good knives, blenders and choppers that can help do the job right at good prices. Slow cookers are another ideal tool that can allow you to cook while you relax and tend to other things, from guests to catching up on some reading time.
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