This is it! The year your family IS going to eat healthier and at home more often. But has reality started to creep in on you? Your busy schedule isn’t changing, you are still running the kids all over after school, doing homework, finishing up your work, household tasks, and then oh yeah… you still need to make dinner! Ugh!
But THIS is your goal! And, you want to succeed! I’m going to help you with some simple yet effective shortcuts in the kitchen. So cool, so helpful that you will probably
There are lots of tips I could share with you, but really the overall goal is simplicity with little stress so you don’t throw in the towel. So let’s start with just five. You can do this! I know you can and I’m here to cheer you on!
So I bring you my first 5 tips in no order whatsoever.
1. Have 4 – 6 quick simple recipes memorized or easy to grab and ingredients ready to go
On those unexpected late nights due to traffic or ball practice that ran late, these types of recipes are great to throw together and everyone is fed, full and happy.
– Quesadillas and refried beans, tostada shells
– Pre-cooked chicken to quickly defrost for
– Pre-cooked/crumbled ground beef for tacos or chili or to throw with jar pasta sauce
2. Use your appliances: Slow cooker, Instant Pot or Air Fryer
It’s time to re-introduce yourself to your appliances. Pull them out, dust them off, and give it a go. Are you not too sure about how to use your Instant Pot? I have many recipes you can try here on this blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to chat and hear your suggestions for future posts/videos. Oh, and I may have received an air fryer for Christmas. Did you? I can’t wait to share some fun recipes with you for that too! In the meantime, get reacquainted with these little cooking machines that are taking up space in your cabinet!
3. Choose recipes that set you up for success
Skip those recipes that have too many steps. Those recipes are not for busy nights. Unique ingredients? Save those for slower times or lazy weekends (whatever are those? Yeah I know, but people talk about them, so I thought I throw that in there) Lots of pots/pans/bowls? No thanks! Too many dishes to wash. Not a Ninja with chopping with a knife? Did you know that onions, bell peppers, parsley, cauliflower bits all come pre-chopped in the produce and freezer section at the store? Get those on your list. You can always freeze the ones you get from the produce section if you do not use them by the expiration date.
4. Don’t be afraid to veer from the recipe
Recipes are meant to be guidelines; so says me. Substitute with what you have on hand or with what you can chop more quickly. Stir fry dishes and soups are great ways to substitute for other ingredients.
Remember, time – not the recipe – is your constraint. So use your time wisely and adjust recipes to make them work for you; not the other way around. You got this friend!
5. Double up!!
Double all the ingredients when making a recipe. You can make an extra main dish to freeze for later before you bake/cook or have it to enjoy later in the week (NOTE: prep but don’t cook if your family doesn’t do leftovers and cook it when you need it). Double your baked/grilled chicken breasts for salads, ground beef for pasta and meat sauce or tacos. Tips in a later post on freezing for quick instant pot an slow cooker meals that save precious freezer storage space.
BONUS TIP TIME
Do a 5-min declutter your kitchen space
You hear it all the time, have clearer counters, but you have to start somewhere right? Set a timer for 5 minutes. See how many kitchen gadgets you can pull out of drawers and cabinets that you do not use. Then, sell them, donate, or recycle/throw away any gadgets that you aren’t utilizing and are just sitting in your cabinet taking up space.
See my video for some of the things I found in my last