5 Tips for quick meals when you’re running late

We all have those times when things just don’t work out the way we planned. We get held up in traffic, we have parent teacher meetings or church meetings or we’re simply not in the mood to cook. It’s good to know that I have a few quick meals that doesn’t take any effort to prepare at all.

The key to getting things done quickly is preparation and by preparation I don’t mean cooking the entire week’s meals on a Sunday afternoon. There a quite a number of things you can do to get things done quicker.

Here is my 5 tips for quick meals when you’re running late or not in the mood too cook.

Tip one: Set out a menu for the week ahead.

This may sound like a bit much but I promise you, having a plan makes it so much easier. I hate not knowing what to cook. A colleague of mine has a set menu for years and it goes something like this…

Mondays = pasta, Tuesdays = Fish, Wednesdays = casserole, etc.

Remember you don’t have to have spaghetti every Monday. You can switch it up with mac and cheese or chicken alfredo pasta. Whatever pasta you’re into.

Tip two: Prepare ahead

Check out my post on Food you can prepare ahead of time to save time during the week for some of the basics you can prep beforehand. If you’re not into freezer food, skip this step but I can assure you that this is a very handy tip.

Tip three: Substitute

I love using sausage instead of ground beef (mince) when making spaghetti and meatballs. I just squeeze the insides out of the casing and roll it into meatballs. Making meatballs from scratch requires a lot of spices and stuffs so why not use already seasoned sausage instead. A great way to save time is to get some rotisserie chicken on the way home. You can even use the breast part to make some chicken salad for sandwiches the next day.

Tip four: All hands on deck

Let the kids chip in by helping with chopping and stirring while you focus on something else. I can remember how my mom had me cook the rice or brown the onions before she comes home from work.

Tip five: Easy meals

By easy meals I don’t mean popping a store bought freezer meal into the microwave but chopping up some vegetables, chuck it into an oven dish, add the seasoned chicken or sausage to it and pop it into the oven for an hour or so. One pot meals like pasta of chunky soups or stews are just as great.

Having a plan is always a good thing although we know that sometimes life or our days sometimes don’t always go according to what we planned. Do you have some tips that help you when you don’t have enough time at your disposal? Please share them with me in the comments below.

Till later!

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