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9 tips for making faster dinners!

During the week, time can be a little scarce and cooking dinner can turn into a bit of a chore. We’ve got 9 great ideas to save time preparing dinner on those busier days.

May 13, 2021
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  1. Meal plan – knowing what you are going to eat each day and making sure you have all the ingredients makes life a lot simpler.

  1. Set aside a couple of hours on the weekend and do some prepping. Chop veggies and salads and keep them in an airtight container with a couple of paper towels to absorb any moisture. Store in the fridge and they should last for a few days.  

  1. Pre-cook your pasta - cook it al dente, drain, and then let it dry for at least 15 minutes. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil to keep it moist and store it in an airtight resealable plastic bag in the fridge.  

  1. When making sauces, soups and casseroles, make at least double the amount and freeze for those nights when you are really short of time. Make sure you label everything with the contents and the date it was made to avoid any dinner time surprises!

  1. Use a slow cooker. Toss in all the ingredients, set and forget until dinner time.  

  1. Keep rice in the freezer – this is especially good for brown rice which takes a bit longer to cook. Cook up a big batch of your favourite rice and freeze in single serve and family-sized containers. When you want to use it, defrost it in the microwave and give it a quick fluff with a fork. You can do the same with other grains such as quinoa.

  1. Wash and dry fruit and veg as soon as you buy them and before storing in the fridge.

  1. Use frozen vegetables – they are picked at the height of freshness and frozen straight away to retain all the nutrients. Some are probably better than fresh produce that has been hanging around in the supermarket for a while.  

  1. Make the most of one pot recipes - everything goes into one pan and dinner is done!

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