These 5 ways to make meals in half the time has made preparing meals so much easier and less stressful, and I am all about finding ways to make my life easier and less stressful. I have figured out a couple of ways to help get meals on the table in half the time and it has changed my life. I learned some things from Culinary School and some things out of desperation. I have been using these 5 kitchen hacks for years. Not one of these tips will require cooking complete meals and freezing the meals because I do not want to devote an entire day making meals and freezing.
I know that it is hard to come home at night and have to prepare a meal while everyone in the family is needing your attention. I do these 5 things so that I can prepare dinner quicker, and I am able to sit and enjoy our meal time together.
#1 Cook your chicken ahead of time and freeze for mealtime.
Below are my instructions for how I cook a large amount of meat easily and place in freezer bags to put in my freezer for super quick weeknight meals. When we come home in the evenings, we take out a bag of frozen chicken and defrost it in the microwave before adding it into my recipe. If your meat is already cooked and ready, you can have chicken casserole, chicken noodle soup, chicken burritos and many other dishes in about 15 minutes. Read the post below for more meal ideas.
Tip #2 Cook and freeze ground beef ahead of time.
I will purchase a large amount of ground beef and brown it all at once. Visit the link above for details and more quick meal ideas.
Tip #3 Stockpile items that you use most often.
I know you are thinking that it is too expensive to buy more than one item when you are shopping but it isn’t if you buy when it is on sale. I usually do this when items are buy one get one free. Also, if you add a coupon, you can purchase three items for the price of one. I usually purchase several of the items that I use most often. Think of the items that you usually have to run to the store to get or have to ask your spouse to pick up. I purchase more than one chicken and beef broth, butter, sour cream, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, packages of pasta and several other items and I keep the items in my garage. It is so easy to come up with meals when you have your ingredients on hand and where you can see what you have easily.
#4 Freeze items that you use often.
I freeze packages of cheese because I am always using cheese in my dishes. I really cannot tell that the cheese has been frozen. I just lay it out on my counter for several minutes and use it in my dish. I also have added the cheese when it is still frozen in dishes that I am going to cook and it works well. I freeze other items like nuts, dips, chocolate chips, baking squares of chocolate, coconut, herbs, ginger, and several other items so that I will always have it on hand.
#5 Make hamburger patties ahead of time and freeze.
Making your hamburgers ahead of time will save you so much time when preparing your meal. Click on the link above to read how I easily make perfect patties and freeze the patties for quicker meals.
I really want to enjoy mealtime with my family and these 5 ways to make meals in half the time helps me to be able to spend more time sitting and enjoying our meal.