Tips on Making Time for Cooking
So, it’s been on your mind lately that you want to cook certain recipes or improve your family’s diet. But, who has time for that? Everyone has a to-do list but making the time to get it all done is usually what stops us. If you’re looking for tips on how to make time for cooking, you’ve come to the right place.
Get off social media
It probably won’t surprise you to hear that we spend a lot of our free time on social media. Checking Facebook, uploading a picture to Instagram. Have you ever wondered how much more free time you’d have if you cut down on social media use? It’s surprising how you could use that time if you weren’t checking for updates all the time. Give it a go.
Get the proper tools
When it comes to cooking, having the proper kitchen tools to do the job can cut your time in half. Some people don’t even own oven mitts! You wouldn’t cut a pizza without a pizza cutter, would you? It’s worth investing in kitchen equipment because it makes cooking that much more enjoyable.
Sometimes you just have to remember why you’re doing this. It’s a good idea to have some motivational quotes around the kitchen or maybe even a dream board, where you place healthy goals for the year so you can see them as you’re cooking.
Know your quick recipes
As you start to get back into cooking, try and put together a few go-to quick recipes that you know never fail. The more you cook them, the better you’ll become at making them each time. Of course, it’s great to have variety but it’s also important to have a few ‘old reliables’ in your cards.
Take on the dreaded weekly shop
The key to being prepared for any weekly food shop is to write a list. Think of things you want to cook throughout the week and write down the ingredients. Know what kind of time you’re working with on different days. If you know a certain day is going to be busy and you aren’t going to have the energy to cook, get something that will be easy to throw together. Similarly, if you have a day where you have spare time on your hands, get something you can experiment with.
Make Sunday your prep day
If the kids are taking lunches to school, Sunday is the best day to get organised. You can put their lunches together for the next two days and even organise something for yourself and your partner. Sunday is also great day for prepping vegetables for the week. If you cut up a few loads and freeze them, they’re perfect for roasting in the week. The same goes for fruit – cut up a variety of fruit and freeze it. When you’re stuck for desserts, grab some ice-cream and pair it with your frozen fruit.
There are lots of ways you can save yourself a bit of time and make life easier too!