How to Save Time in the Kitchen
Run all of your errands and still get dinner on the table
Getting dinner ready and on the table isn’t always easy. After work, soccer practice and taking the dog out for a walk, it’s hard to imagine having the time to make a healthy, home cooked meal. However, believe it or not, cooking doesn’t have to take up half of your day. Here are several useful tips to save time in the kitchen, helping you spend more time with your family and make healthier choices when it comes to food.
During the week the world is a blur; you’re rushing all over the place with barely any time for yourself. The weekends, however, you might find a bit more time. This is when you can bake up a few casseroles to freeze for the week. Freezing casseroles is especially helpful when you have long days that really prevent you from making it to the store, let alone the stove. The best part? If you write down instructions, just about anyone can reheat a casserole, so the responsibility is not all on you. This delicious Turkey Tetra-Ziti is simple to make and one of our favorites to freeze:
1 medium onion, chopped
5 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced
2 tablespoons Clabber Girl Cornstarch
2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups milk
4 cups coarsely chopped cooked turkey
10 ounces frozen or fresh leaf spinach
1 cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 pound dry ziti or penne pasta
2 cups shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
1-1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
It’s much less daunting to put together dinner when all the ingredients are cut, measured and ready to go. When you have a free moment, take the time to plan your meals and prep the ingredients. Cut your veggies, measure out your seasonings and go ahead and combine what you can. This way, when 6 p.m. rolls around you aren’t rushing to finish up dinner, but are relaxing while a stew simmers on the stove.
Freeze Breakfast Foods
We all love warm waffles covered in syrup on a sunny Saturday morning, but who has the time for that during the week? You do, if you plan ahead. When you make your traditional weekend waffles, be sure to make about a dozen extra and freeze them. Layer them in a plastic bag with parchment paper between them. Then, come Wednesday morning, you can pull out a handful, put them in the toaster and in a matter of minutes breakfast is served. Make it extra healthy with these 100% Whole Wheat Waffles from the Clabber Girl kitchen.
Homemade meals are important not just for nutrition, but also for bringing your family together. Cutting corners in order to get a healthy meal on the table in less time involves a little culinary cunning. These timesaving tips can help you create a delicious, mouth-watering meal without exhausting yourself at the end of the day.