You can’t make every meal from scratch—and that’s okay. With a hectic family schedule and little time for gourmet dishes, who doesn’t need a break with some time-saving tips that will make mealtime easier. Here are 7 tips for making cooking easier and faster including:
START WITH TIME-SAVING KITCHEN TOOLS
- Salad spinner
- Microplane grater/zester
- Two good knives
- Mini food processor
The next time you plan to serve a whole grain, make two to three times as much as you would for one meal. Let cool fully and portion out meal-size amounts; freeze in freezer-safe containers or bags. On the day you plan to serve, remove from freezer in the morning and let thaw at room temperature.
Use in a recipe: Wild Rice and Quinoa Salad
CLEAN AS YOU GO
Clean-up can be one of the worst parts about cooking family-size meals. To make the end of the meal easier, fill the sink with warm soapy water, and as your finished with pans and dishes slide them into the water so that, later, you won’t have to scrape bits of food off.
GET SAUCE SAVVY
Freeze cooled, leftover cooked pancakes in a zip-top freezer bag for up to one month. Reheat for quick weekday meals. You can also freeze Grace O’s Buckwheat Crepes and use them for savory lunch ideas later.
GRAB N’ GO
Burritos and tacos make excellent, quick lunches or dinners. Assemble them ahead. Wrap each burrito or taco separately in foil lightly coated with cooking spray; reheat in the oven at 375 degrees for 10–15 minutes.
Use in a recipe: Tofu Tacos with Kimchi Slaw