If you’re thinking, “But I’m just too busy to cook,” you are not alone. Lots of people struggle to find time to get into the kitchen. But you don’t need to become a full-time chef to cook a meal or prep a snack. Here are some shortcuts you can use to have home-cooked food in less time.
Plan Ahead: Take time over the weekend to prepare a big batch of healthy soup or chili. Divide the batch into smaller portions and freeze for meals later in the week.
Set a Routine: We’re creatures of habit. Try to create a routine for yourself to prep your meals at the same time on the same day each week. It’s easier to cook when you’re in a groove!
Prioritize: Feel like you’re too busy to prep your meals or snacks? It could be as fast as 15 minutes. Cut out 15 minutes of an unnecessary activity, like a game on your phone. Or simply prep a meal or snack while you’re watching your favorite show or listening to a podcast.
Map Out Meals: Start each week with a plan for what you’ll make each night. Instead of losing time wondering what to make, you can just get cooking.
Make a Grocery List: Think ahead about what you need for the week and write it down before you go to the store. This way you’ll be prepared with all of the ingredients you need.
Think Frozen: Fresh produce can go bad. Frozen fruits and veggies are a great option since they don’t spoil and you can use just the right amount. Go for options without added sauces or seasonings. Bonus: No washing or cutting needed!
Get Organized: Keep the tools you use most often in an easy-to-reach spot. Who has time to waste looking for your favorite spoon or grater?
Clean as You Go: Wash tools in the sink while your food cooks so you don’t have to tackle a big pile of dishes later on.