Time Savers in the Kitchen


Do you ever feel too busy with your daily routine to think about preparing meals?  Planning and preparing dinner after a long day can feel overwhelming.   Here are a few easy ways to help you shorten your time in the kitchen.


  1. Cook once, eat twice.  Plan to have leftovers when making dinner for the family.  By doubling your recipes, you can prepare more than one meal for the week in half the time!  Try freezing half of the meal and warm it up on another night when you are too busy to cook.
  2. Grocery shop with a plan.  Make a grocery list and stick to it.  This will help prevent you from being stressed at dinner time.  If you have an idea of what you will need from the store, doing a weekly shopping trip is much faster than going to the grocery on the way home from work every night.
  3. Wash and reuse equipment as you go.  Cleaning the kitchen as you go can help save a lot of time in the kitchen.  It is quicker to wash and rinse a bowl or spoon that you already have in your hand rather than reaching in the pantry or cabinet for a new one.  This will help cut down on the number of dishes to clean after dinner is finished.
  4. Prep your foods in advance.  Try washing and cutting your fruits and veggies after coming home from the grocery.  Washing and cutting your produce in advance will help to prepare meals faster.  It also provides you with healthy grab-and-go snack options for the week.
What are your favorite time savers in the kitchen?  Please share your ideas with us!
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