10 hacks for making speedy mid-week meals
Need food fast? Try these quick and easy short-cuts for meals in minutes so no matter how much time you have in the kitchen you can make healthy and delicious meals.
1. Use the microwave
A microwave is a busy cook’s best friend so use it for more than just defrosting. It’s particularly good for par-cooking hard veggies such as potatoes and parsnip so you can roast them in half the time or can make rice in minutes with quick microwave rice packets.
2. Use a sharp knife
A sharp knife will cut through veggies and meat much faster than a blunt one. It is a good idea to invest in a knife sharpener and use it often to ensure your knives are nice and sharp. Also, store your knives in a knife block or on a magnetic strip to protect the blades.
3. Plan your meals out
Planning your meals will always make cooking faster as you’ll know exactly what you’re going to cook and what ingredients to buy at the supermarket.
4. Use the kettle to boil water quickly
A kettle will boil water faster than a saucepan on the stovetop. Once boiled, pour the water into your pan and quickly get it bubbling again to cook pasta and rice in no time.
5. Prepare ahead if you can
If you have a busy day ahead, consider prepping some of your ingredients the night before. A great example is cutting up veggies for a stir-fry or pre-cook your rice and store in the fridge.
6. Use scissors to quickly chop
Why waste time cutting herbs on a chopping board when you can use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut them directly into the pot? It’s fast and reduces cleaning up. You can also use scissors to chop bacon, remove the fat from meat and chicken, and cut up dried fruit.
7. Use canned products
As they are already cooked, canned ingredients are perfect for time-poor cooks. So stock up on cans of salmon, tuna, legumes (like lentils, beans and corn) and crushed tomatoes for easy toss-together meals.
8. Use more eggs
Don’t overlook the humble egg as a fast filler-upper. Packed with protein and essential nutrients, they can be fried, poached, boiled or scrambled in a few minutes.
9. Learn some recipes off by heart
Try to learn one or two quick recipes off by heart. Make these your stand-by meals when you’re short on time (or lacking inspiration) but need something quick to fill you up.
10. Use products designed to make meals quickly
Products like this that are great for mid-week speedy meals include pre-cut spiralised zucchini, bags of pre-cut slaw mixes, bags of salad leaves, microwave rice and frozen stir-fry vegetables. These things were all invented to make our lives easier so use them. Our recipe for lamb and black bean stir-fry uses frozen stir-fry vegetables and quick microwave brown rice meaning all you need is 10 minutes and 5 ingredients and you can whip up this super yummy stir-fry.