10 Tips On How To Cook In A Flash
You can still prepare healthy meals while minimizing the time you spend in the kitchen.
Below are tips and tricks for fast-cooking and time-saving preparation without compromising the quality of your meals and your healthy lifestyle.
Tip No. 1: Opt for Pre-cooked Meats
- Lean meat choices that are pre-cooked like roast beef or roasted turkey are always available in your grocery deli. You can also request for extra thick slices if these are what your recipe requires.
- Skinless chicken breasts, whole chickens, and turkey breasts are also available in many supermarkets right off the rotisserie or grill. You can then prepare the meat as needed for your recipe.
- The lunch meat section in your grocery store may also offer seasoned grilled chicken strips.
- Cooked shrimp are also now available at the fish counter or the frozen fish section.
Tip No. 2: Prepare a Main Dish Salad for Dinner
For supper, you can prepare a main dish salad; it’s cool, light, and quick to fix. All you need to do is throw all the ingredients in a bowl and toss. In addition to the basic ingredients, you can also add reduced-fat cheese or crumbled blue cheese, grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, dried cranberries, walnuts, etc.
Tip No 3. Use Vegetables as Substitute
Cooking meat always takes longer than cooking any other ingredient. You can save cooking time by using vegetables more, like bean and cheese burritos for your entrees and vegetarian burgers or egg-based entrees like omelets and vegetarian sandwiches with cheese and roasted veggies.
Tip No 4: Use Frozen Entrees
Many supermarkets carry flavorful frozen entrees as well as low-fat and great-tasting choices for people who are partial to dishes that are vegetarian, fish, ethnic, or lean meat. These products will significantly cut down your preparation time.
Tip No. 5: Buy Store-Prepared Gourmet Items
Special markets carry gourmet items that are store-prepared. These include freshly prepared avocado and mango salsa for your quesadillas and tacos, roasted vegetables for your sandwiches, and grilled salmon and chicken breast for your pasta dishes, main dish salads, Mexican-style entrees, and more.
Tip No. 6: Whip it Up Over the Stove
Five minutes with a nonstick frying over the stove are all you need to whip up the following:
- Grilled sandwiches
- Fried rice if you have leftover cooked rice
- BLT sandwich: toast the bread and slice the tomatoes while cooking the turkey bacon.
- Sloppy joes
- Fajitas using pre-cut meat and bottled fajita sauce
Tip No. 7: Pop your Meal in the Microwave
- For a baked potato bar: microwave on High pierced potatoes until cooked; while waiting, prepare your shredded reduced-fat cheese, fat-free sour cream, chopped chives or green onions, and/or turkey bacon bits for your toppings. You can also use canned chili as topping.
- For mealtime nachos: layer multigrain tortilla chips, canned beans, shredded reduced-fat cheese, chopped green onions and tomatoes, and grilled or roasted chicken breast (optional) on a microwavable plate, cook on High for two minutes.
- For burritos: wrap your favorite burrito fillings in a whole-grain flour tortilla and microwave for two minutes.
Tip No. 8: Use No Fuss Vegetables
These veggies require minimal preparation:
- Baby carrots
- Asparagus spears: just trim off the ends
- Bags of washed spinach leaves
- Potatoes/ sweet potatoes: pierce a few times and microwave
- Cherry and grape tomatoes
- Canned tomatoes
- Canned beans
- Bags of precut broccoli and cauliflower florets
No. 9: Prepare a No Fuss Fruit Salad
You can whip up a side serving of fruit or a fruit salad easily using the following:
- Raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries
- Red and green grapes
- Apple slices in bags
- Canned pineapples, in slices or chunks
Tip No. 10: Opt for Bottled Sauces, Dressings, and Marinades
The most convenient products available include:
- Bottled light salad dressing
- Bottled marinara and pizza sauce
- Bottled salsa, taco sauce, salsa verde, and enchilada sauce
- Teriyaki sauce
- Fajita sauce
- Asian cooking and dipping sauces: hoisin, sweet and sour sauce, and more
- Pesto sauce