1. Use Frozen Vegetables
Sometimes we spend more time prepping our veggies than actually cooking them. Try buying them frozen, it’ll not only save you time, but also money.
2. Freeze Leftover Ingredients
How many times does a recipe call for 1/4 cup of diced peppers or onions? It can be kinda frustrating when you know that a whole pepper or onion is at least double that. Try tossing the extras into a zip-lock freezer bag. The next time a recipe calls for 1/4 cup of diced onions or peppers, you’re ready! I also do this when I notice some produce is getting a little past its peak, like bananas, mushrooms, carrots, etc.
3. Cut Food into Smaller Pieces
Cutting meats and vegetables into smaller pieces will decrease cooking time.
4. Use Sharp Knives and Vegetable Peelers
There’s nothing worse than trying to peel and dice your veggies with a dull peeler and knife. If you’ve been using the same ones for quite a while, it’s easy to not even notice how dull they are. When you finally make the switch, you won’t believe how much faster you can prep your veggies.
5. Thaw Frozen Foods in the Refrigerator
If you’re good at planning ahead, try thawing frozen ingredients in the refrigerator to decrease cooking time.
6. Use Minced Onion
Dehydrated minced onion has become a staple in our spice cabinet. Many recipes call for diced onion but not everyone enjoys chopping them. Plus it takes extra time and depending on the recipe you might have to sauté them. So why not do it the easy way, just add in some dehydrated minced onion… boom… done.
7. Pound Out Chicken
This step could decrease your cooking time by half and will also help in tenderizing the chicken. For a mess-free option, put the chicken in a zip-lock back before pounding.
8. Use a Food Processor
This step would create a bit more work on the dishwashing side, but if you have a lot to chop, shred, slice, dice or puree, a food processor will save you loads of time.
9. Switch to a Kitchen Shears
If you’re in a hurry, try using a kitchen shears for cutting and dicing. We often resorted to this when we would cut the boys’ food into bite size pieces. It also works great for tender vegetables, herbs, meats, firm fruits, breads, etc.
10. Use an Instant Pot
Instant Pots have been the new craze this year and I see why. This new gadget can cook frozen chicken breasts in 10-15 minutes and pasta in 2 minutes. I love how easy and fast it is. The Instant Pot can take 5 to 10 minutes to heat up, but it’s still faster than alternative methods.