Are you tired of spending hours in the kitchen? Are you feeling guilty that your kids sometimes get takeaway or freezer meals instead of home-cooked?
Gone are the days when mum would be at home all day baking bread, preparing dinner and baking goods for the childrens’ school lunches – we are all busy mums and partners, running errands all day, some of us working half-time or even full-time. Here’s a few simple tips to help you reduce the amount of time spent in the kitchen – so you can serve up a delicious homemade meal and have more time to spend with your beautiful children!
1. Read the recipe before you start
By reading the entire recipe before you start, you can figure out any times where you can have two parts happening at once.. E.g. boiling the water while you cut up the veggies and prepare the meat.. By not looking ahead, you could be spending twice as much time in the kitchen! Don’t trust that all recipes will give you a heads up for things like boiling water or pre-heating ovens, read ahead and you could save yourself some time!
2. Cut and freeze veggies in advance
A really good habit to get into is freezing your own ready-to-cook veggies. Simply cut up some veg, place it in a freezer bag or zip lock bag, and use it on those nights you are just too exhausted or too time-poor to cook healthy food. How easy is a stir fry or steamed veggies when they’re already prepared? Simply heat in a wok or saucepan, or place in a steamer, and cook up a good source of protein to go with it. It’s super easy, and it saves you money by doing it yourself rather than buying frozen pre-cut veg.
3. Use your food processor
Okay, so you spent a decent amount of money on a fancy food processor, but you don’t use it? Why are you wasting your time preparing everything with a knife when you’ve got a machine to do it for you? Food processors are great at chopping up onions, carrots, and other hard vegetables. You can slice veg for a coleslaw, ground nuts, some will even grate cheese for you! Have another read of your food processor’s manual and make sure you’re utilising all it’s features – I promise, the clean up is worth it when dinner takes you half the time to make!
4. Stop peeling all your vegetables
This one sounds just downright lazy, but hear me out – the skin on a lot of your vegetables actually contains a significant amount of fibre (for healthy digestion) and a heap of vitamins and minerals. The only reason most of us peel our veggies is to make them look better, but it means that we’re missing out on a lot of goodness that is in the skin! Plus, it takes up more time in the kitchen. Vegetables like carrots, zucchini and potatoes can usually be eaten with their skin on – just give them a good scrub, and prepare as usual.