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May 03, 2008

How To Make Cooking Easy And Simple

Most of us treat cooking as a torturous chore that has to be endured at the end of a long working day. We all look and marvel at people who enjoy cooking and look forward to cooking at home and wonder what went wrong with us. To tell you the truth, the basic difference between people who enjoy spending time in the kitchen and those who don’t is just a little bit of planning. With proper planning, you can easily fix good home cooked meals for the whole family within half an hour and once you find cooking fast and easy, you will look forward to making and eating wholesome home cooked meals. Some tips that will help you in making cooking both easy and simple are:

Start with easy and simple:
The key to making food fast and without fuss is to start with easy and simple recipes. Don’t try preparing cordon bleu menus on weekdays. Leave them for the weekends if you like cooking and for the restaurants if you don’t. Instead aim at making wholesome and healthy food at home and start with easy to make salads, stir fries and soups. Baking with bottled marinades is not only easy and fast; it also produces great tasting, healthy non-vegetarian dishes.

Plan meals in advance:
Plan your meals before you go to pick up your weekly supply of groceries. This way, you will be able to buy all the ingredients that you will need for your dishes instead of having to abandon making something in the middle because of the absence of a crucial ingredient. Planning meals will also help you in picking up stuff that is better suited to your dishes. For example, if you are planning to make stir fries a lot during the week, then going for chopped vegetable will be better than buying whole vegetables.

Put your appliances to better use:
Most of us under use almost all of our appliances, specially our food processors, microwaves and crock pots. Washing the food processor and changing different attachments is a chore, but not if you have to do it only once or twice a week. Chop vegetables and prepare stuff for the whole week on the weekend using your food processor and keep different ingredients in different boxes in the fridge. Most vegetables and pastes will last for at least a week if stored in airtight containers. Similarly, you can use your microwave for making basic dishes. Start using your crock pot for preparing soups and rice dishes while your prepare the main course to save time.

Keep your fridge and kitchen stocked with RTC ingredients:
A well stocked fridge and kitchen are the keys to making cooking simple. Keeping different types of pasta, marinade and salad sauces along with ready to mix seasonings can save you a lot of time and energy at the end of a hard day at work. Similarly keeping chopped vegetables and ready to cook meat and poultry pieces in your fridge and freezer ensure that you save on cleaning and cutting time every day.

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