By Colleen McTiernan
When dinner or lunch time comes around, many people head over to Publix for a delicious pub sub (I don’t blame you), or spend money ordering food in rather than prepare their own meals. But all those nights of delivery and eating out can take a toll on your budget, not to mention add inches to your waistline. With these simple tips, you can say goodbye to your stack of takeout menus and start cooking your own meals while saving time and money.
- Prepare in advance
Prep all of your ingredients before you start cooking. This will help you to avoid making any mistakes that may prolong the time it takes you to cook. You can even chop your vegetables and other ingredients earlier in the day or the night before and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to use them.
- Make meals in bulk for the week
Making just one or two meals that you can reheat in the days ahead will help save time. If you’re worried about getting bored of the same thing, you can try preparing it in different ways throughout the week. For example, if you make chicken, you can serve it over rice, in a salad or maybe even as a taco.
- Try learning some one-pot recipes to save time on cleanup
One-pot meals like soups and pasta dishes are your friends when it comes to cutting down on time spent in the kitchen by helping to avoid washing lots of pots or pans after preparation.
- Let a crockpot do your cooking for you
Crockpots are a miraculous invention for those of us who enjoy cooking but simply do not have the time. You can dump all of your ingredients in before work or class and turn your crockpot on. When you get home, you have a delicious chili waiting for you with little time and effort.
- Clean as you go
If you choose to go a different route from the one-pot meal, you should try to clean as you go. After you’ve sautéed your mushrooms and are waiting for your pasta to finish cooking, clean your sauté pan so that you’re not faced with a pile of dishes after you’ve finished eating.