What do you love most about your evenings? If you’ve had a day at the office, are you getting some sweet time with your kiddos and/or getting dinner on the table? If you’re a stay at home mama, do you get a much needed break? Whatever your situation, I bet you are the heroine who gets at least half the dinner meals on the table each week. I bet you’d also love some pro tips to turbocharge dinner.
I enjoy cookin’ dinner. After working at a computer all day, it feels so good to feast my eyes on colorful vegetables and immerse my hands in interesting textures as I chop, rinse, and stir. But I’ll tell ya one thing – I do not love how long it takes to cook! Love doing it, but wish it could go faster.
For today’s blog, I’ve done some scouring of the internet to bring you pro tips to turbocharge dinner. In other words – it’s time cooking dinner went faster! I’ll share a few of their ideas here and also give you links to the full articles. You should also check out this earlier post with 5 essential time saving tips for your kitchen.
Straight from the pros: turbocharge dinner
Sarah Crow at Eat This, Not That! recommends that we:
- Use “mise en place,” which is a french term that means “to put in place.” In other words, get everything ready, chopped, and prepped before you start cooking. Your meal will turn out better and feel less chaotic as it’s prepared.
- Get some kitchen shears to make cutting faster
- Make one-pan meals that roast meat and veggies together
In a bon appetite article with a sweetly playful voice, Christina Chaey suggests we:
- Stock up on ingredients that feel fancy, but are super easy to cook. Ground lamb, anyone?
- Consider the freezer our best friends. Use it for leftovers, for extra bags of tomato sauce, for extra bags of pre-prepped fresh herbs, for pre-sliced fancy bread that you can throw in the toaster. You get the idea.
- Cook grains in extra-large batches. The leftovers will inspire other meals during the week, and the grain part’s already done!
Taylor Isaac at CookSmarts has our backs with an article that talks about saving kitchen time on the cooking and cleaning side:
- Keep a trash bowl or trash can near you. We waste precious time going back and forth to a trash can!
- Prep dry ingredients first. This lets you re-use your measuring cups and spoons without washing in-between.
- Batch prepping = batch cleanup. (Notice a batch theme across these authors?!) Batching makes meals big enough for leftovers, and means you’ll have less dishes to wash on those leftover nights.
Let’s do this!!!
Well, there you have it! Straight from experts who have shortened their cooking time. I’m going to be intentional about employing some of these points in my own home, especially the “mise en place,” – aka prepping before starting to cook. We’ll see how it goes!
***I’m curious, what are your go-to tricks for making dinner quickly? What’s your turbocharge dinner secret? Make sure to write it in the comment box! Give this go mama community some inspiration – after all, we could all use a little more time in our lives! go mama!