Time is precious to everyone these days and finding quicker and easier ways to get things done is always a top priority. Whether you’re cooking a meal at home during the week or ordering takeaway on a Friday night, there’s a few simple things you can do to cut corners and save time when organising dinner. Read on to learn of a few time-saving tips when organising dinner.
Plan Ahead Gone are the days of the last-minute rummaging through the fridge to see what you can cook for dinner. If you plan ahead, you’ll save time and money. Before you do your weekly grocery shop, look through catalogs and pick out things that are on sale which you can cook for the week. That way when you head to the shops, you’ll already have a clear list of the items you need to buy. This will save time aimlessly wandering through the shops for ingredients.
Prepare in Advance Chopping ingredients ahead of time will save you time on the day you’re cooking, because you won’t need to prepare as much. If you’re cutting up meat or vegetables for one dinner, why not cut up the other ingredients for another dinner and store in a airtight container in the fridge. Chopping up and preparing in advance also means you’ll do less washing up, because you’ll only have to wash the knives and chopping boards once.
Order Online Even if you’re not cooking, you can still save a tonne of time and money by ordering dinner online. Most websites will save your details if you have ordered from there before, which means orders can be completed with just a few simple clicks. A common choice for fast and quick ordering online is pizza delivery or takeaway. Along with this, the main pizza places in Australia like Domino’s and Pizza Hut, always run some kind of promotion where you can save a lot of money. They even have apps which remember your order so you basically don’t have to do any work.
Cook Extra When you’re cooking dinner, make a double-batch of the recipe. You’re already cooking and it won’t take you much longer to do so why not cook just a little bit extra to freeze and have for dinner another time. It will save you a lot of time the night when you decide to simple get your frozen meal out of the freezer and defrost in the microwave. Another great thing you can do is immediately freeze any leftovers from dinner to save for another time, rather than leaving in the fridge and going to waste.
Use Frozen Vegetables One of the longest parts of preparing dinner is cutting up all the ingredients, especially the vegetables if you have a variety of types. If you’re making a soup, stir-fry or simple protein and veggie dish, why not opt for frozen vegetables instead of fresh ones. They’re simple and also great for getting the most nutrients out because they are picked and frozen instantly. Frozen vegetables are also quick and easy to cook, usually only requiring a few short minutes in the microwave and they’re done.