More Food in Less Time
The beginning of a year is often associated with setting resolutions. We get a chance to start fresh in life. While there is no need to feel pressure from the media and force ourselves to come up with resolutions just for the sake of it – if there is a motivation to start anew, why not make use of it?
And if healthy eating is among your goals this year, I am going to share some ways to make it easier for you.
To begin with, let’s establish that healthy eating is about mostly cooking at home. We are only in control of the meals when we are the ones cooking them.
I know what you think: no way, ain’t nobody got time for cooking! But let me tell you something: there is no need to “waste away” your life in the kitchen!
How is it possible?
I am often turning these time-saving tricks:
️ Use food processor/mandoline
Chop, slice and grind bulk amounts in seconds. Prep and freeze or refrigerate the basics like garlic, onion, carrot to eliminate the constant routine required for most hot meals.
️ Soak beans and whole grains
Place them into water for a few hours prior to cooking (adding a bit of soda bicarbonate to legumes during cooking or soaking will soften them even more). This will save the time needed to actually cook them.
️ Cook staples in bulk
Cook legumes and grains or other carb sources (e.g. potatoes, squash, etc) in bulk. Refrigerate or even better freeze the portion you will not need in the current cooking cycle. Don’t worry, most of the nutrients will still be there when you unfreeze them! 😉
️ Don’t bother peeling all produce
While this doesn’t apply to onions and garlic (I bet those peels ain’t too delicious), you can keep the peels on of young carrots, potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes. Helps save effort on peeling + bonus nutrients from the peels (yes, there are plenty!)
️ Cook a larger portion
It takes almost the same time to cook 2 or 6 portions or the same meal. And guess what, you’ll save lots of time if you do the latter. Just make sure to either refrigerate (for up to 3 days) or freeze (up to a couple of months) the leftovers
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