Rushing home from work to get dinner on the table? These Time Saving Dinner Tips are especially helpful for Working Moms.
When you have had a busy day and the kids are screaming for food, everything takes too long.
Even the things that should be quick seem to crawl by, running at a pace that barely seems to rise about inertia. You find yourself glancing at the clock, seeing the time tick by and wondering why your to-do list is not getting shorter.
Even though it’s not directly connected with cooking, a great time-saver tip is getting yourself a mop and vacuum robot, as it will take the cleaning tasks off your shoulders.
Everyone says you should cook from scratch whenever possible, but how many of us have time for it? Grabbing something from the freezer, sticking it in the oven and then being able to do something else for half an hour… well, it seems much more preferable.
So, consider me a genie, here to weave some magic into your dinner prep. Fed up with the clock running down without you being able to keep up? Here are a few ideas for eliminating the dinner rush.
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Time Saving Dinner Tip #1 – Pre-chop
There are a variety of vegetables that can be pre-chopped and stored for later use. You can do this on the weekend when you have a spare minute. You can then freeze those you need for longer use or just keep them in an airtight container.
This works best for vegetables with a high water content. It’s more difficult for things like potatoes, but never fret…
Little known tip: Some blenders have a pulse feature capable of chopping all sorts of veggies for an even quicker prep time.
Time Saving Dinner Tip #2 – Use Baking Soda To Peel Potatoes
Well, it’s not quite to peel them – but it will melt the skin. If you immerse potatoes (and any other heavy-skinned vegetable) in baking soda for an hour, the skin will then rub right off. Or just get into the habit of cooking with the skins on; it does contain vital nutrients, after all.
Time Saving Dinner Tip#3 – Use Cookware That’s Up To The Job
To reduce cooking times, you need to use cookware that can handle what you’re asking of it. The safest ceramic cookware is going to be able to heat food far quicker than the cheap, dollar-store equivalents – what you pay extra in money you save in time.
By switching up the way you cook, there is a massive amount of time to be saved. It might take a little financial investment to get you started, but it would be worth it!
Time Saving Dinner Tip#4 – Batch Cook
Batch cooking is an area where you can save a lot of time during the week. You’re more likely to be pushed for time on the evenings, so sacrificing a couple of hours of the weekend can make life easier. Grab your cookbooks and settle in for multiple meal prep.
You can batch cook foods like lasagne and soup, then freeze the extras. All you need to do is heat them on the night you’re serving them. It’s a freezer meal you know the nutritional content of. What could be better?