Some days, making dinner can be a relaxing, enjoyable experience. And other days, the baby’s screaming, the kids are going wild, and you’ve just gotta hurry up and get it made! 😓 Here’s some tricks to use when you’re in a kitchen time crunch (or even for those days where you just don’t feel like spending much time in the kitchen 😉).
#1. Keep a Stock of Frozen Veggies
Keeping a stock of frozen vegetables like bell peppers, onions, and zucchini can save you a lot of chopping time when throwing a dish together. Watch for deals on your commonly used veggies at the grocery store, buy as much as you can, and chop em’ up when you get home. Trust me, it’s worth it!
One thing I will note here though: if the dish you’re making is something that doesn’t require cooking, like pasta salad or salsa, you may not want to use frozen veggies, as they will not have the best texture.😕
#2. Keep a Stock of Frozen Cooked Meat
Having a supply of frozen cooked meat is another super awesome way to cut down on prep work. Especially when it comes to chicken. Again, watch for sales, buy in bulk, and have one big giant cooking day to build up your stock.🙂🍗
#3. Pre-measure All Your Ingredients
Having all your ingredients measured out beside you before you start can speed up the cooking process as well. This is especially true of spices, or broth and milk for a gravy. This is one way the chefs on TV can do things so fast!😁
#4. Stick to the Same Recipes
If you make a dish twenty-five times over, it becomes almost automatic to go through the motions of making it again. That’s why I highly recommend keeping a binder (or two😉) of recipes that you will make several times a month. It really cuts down on time!😆
#5. Make Your Own Freezer Meals
Next time you’re making something like a casserole, chili, or pot pie— make a double batch! Pop the extra meal in the freezer, and pull out on a busy day to reheat. Now that’s the best kind of freezer meal if you ask me.😊😋
I hope these tips were helpful to you!😉 Let me know in the comments how you speed things up in your kitchen.🙂