By Tanda Cook
Probably the number one issue I hear when it comes to spending time in the kitchen, cooking, preparing food for a family is this:
It takes so much time
And I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to.
Here are 7 ways to save some seconds and spend them elsewhere – like in my case, playing in the snow.
#1. Don’t Peel
Put down the peeler and walk away slowly.
I’ve never really understood why people peel things. It’s a massive waste of time, you loose super awesome nutrients, and unless it’s a pineapple or an avocado I’m here to tell you, you DON’T NEED TO PEEL.
Things like carrots, potatoes, yams, turnips, kiwis, apples, and sweet potatoes, just leave that skin on and chop ‘er on up.
#2. Chop Big
I love watching people. Especially in the kitchen. And I’ve seen many people chop things to the death. Chopping takes time, and for some, a lot of time. There’s something robust about big chunks of veggies and hunks of fresh fruit that is pleasing to the eye, the palate and the clock.
So, keep ‘em big and save some time.
#3. Process It
And by process, I mean a FOOD processor. If you don’t already have one I HIGHLY recommend one as they will save you all sorts of time with chopping, blending, pureeing, and emulsifying. These machines are brilliant and cut your time being behind the knife in half.
And for those of you whose food processor is still sitting in the box in the pantry or basement, I encourage you to dig it out.
#4. Think Ahead
This for some is going to be retraining the brain. But thinking ahead a bit will help you SO much with time management around food and cooking.
And when I say think ahead, I mean if you have burger in the freezer remember to take it out before you leave the house so when you get home in the evening its thawed and you can make patties quick and throw it on the grill, instead of kicking yourself on the way home that you DIDN’T and pulling into a pizza joint.
Maybe leave a sticky note on the fridge the night before so you are sure to remember.
#5. Keepin’ It Simple
Ready for this?
All you need is salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic. Boom. Done. Whether its salad, roasted veggies, pork, steak, caramelized onions, sautéed veggies, or over a raw avocado with a spoon this combo sets you up to win every time and is doesn’t get more simple than that.
#6. Double It Up
Whenever I’m cooking a meal, which is usually just for Justin and me, I double everything. So then the leftovers become breakfast for the am, like roasted veggies with a poached egg. Or they become lunch, like bison burgers with a side salad.
Or if Justin’s traveling and I don’t want to cook for one, I have a grab and go for dinner so I can spend more time playing with the animals.
Some of my favs are leftover pork ribs, kale Cesar, and sweet potato fries.
#7. Your Freezer is Your New BFF
And when you’re making leftovers, or cooking on a Sunday afternoon, use your freezer to your advantage. You can stock up on grab and go soups, stews, pre-chopped veggies for stir fries, pre-made burger patties for a mid-week meal.
Also using muffin tins are super awesome to make freezable serving sizes of things like meatloaf or quiche.
Take out the frozen boxes of pizza, Lean Cuisines, the bags of tatertots and fries and fill it up with foods that came from the earth and your kitchen.
Your health and body will thank ya.
A great place for ideas and tips with what foods freeze well and how to do it is on Pinerest.
So if you don’t have an account with them be sure and get one.
On your mark. Get set. Eat.