I love food like the next person but prefer cooking to be easier and faster. I’m sure there’s a lot of moms out there that completely agree with me sometimes you just want quick and easy meals. There’s a lot of tools out there that can help speed up the process of your food prep time. Below I’m going to go over a few of those tools that can make hours turn into minutes.
Use a meal planner
Take the headache out of figuring out what’s for dinner or breakfast by having a meal planner. Once I started planning out my meals a week in advance it saved a lot of time and headache. My son always knew what was for dinner because I placed it on a dry erase board in our kitchen.
When it came time to grocery shopping the items that I was purchasing were for creating meals. Using my meal planner as a part of my grocery list saved a lot of time and money. I wasn’t wasting hours at the store buying a bunch of food items that I couldn’t make meals out of.
If you’re on a special diet this is particularly important to save you a lot of time. You can plan out specialty meals including groceries a week or two weeks at a time. I recommend always planning your meals plan at the same time as your grocery budget for the month
Slow cookers and Pressure Cookers
A Slow cooker like a Crock-Pot or even trying an instapot to make flavorful meals while saving you time. Slow cookers are particularly good for Soups Stew’s end Chili’s. Allow you to set your meals and forget it. An instapot works much faster than a slow cooker it’s more like a pressure cooker.
An instapot fortunately is more versatile than a slow cooker. You can make rice, steamed vegetables, and make yogurt all in one appliance. Both small appliances can make a ton of meal batches and shave your meal prep time in half. Most of these meals create alot of meals and you’ll have leftovers. Make with a slow cooker for instapot are generally budget-friendly. There are tons of recipes you can try online to take the headache out of cooking.
Reusable food bags
Save a lot of money on plastic bags by getting reusable food bags instead. Stop throwing plastic bags away and invest in getting reusable ones. Most of the reusable bags available are silicone which also makes them dishwasher and microwave safe and comes in a variety of sizes.
Section food containers
Section food containers have become a bigger thing ever since meal prepping. Instead of having one large Tupperware container in different sizes grab sectioned containers. I was able to easily find a few sectioned Rubbermaid containers at Dollar Tree for only a dollar. When buying Tupperware just make sure that they’re dishwasher safe and easy to clean for reuse.
Boiling eggs in my opinion are not fun. First of all, it heats up the kitchen and it takes a while for them to be finished. And I don’t know if you’re like me but sometimes I’m not always the best judge on when they’re completely cooked. If you want to boil your eggs faster try snagging an egg cooker. The best part is that eggs come out easy to peel which is usually the most tedious part after they’re done.
Mason jars are a great way to have are sealed tight soups and salads. they’re useful for storing food. Over time you could place them in the freezer or the fridge. You can also make canned vegetables and fruits. They’re all so great if you’re into the hobby of canning.
A food processor can chop shred and make batches of vegetables and no time. You can take one Sunday afternoon to grab a bunch of vegetables and chop them up to make soups and sauces. This will save a ton of prep work easily for recipes throughout your week. You can even shred cheese or make bread crumbs very quickly. This is something that you should invest in especially if you want to cut back your cooking time.