Quick Dinner Tips

Five Ways to Save Time on Dinner

Every minute you save while preparing dinner brings you one minute closer to having a hot, homemade meal on the table. These quick dinner tips will help shave precious time off your meal preparation.

  1. Keep your pantry stocked.

    Fill your kitchen with staples you can use every day to whip up simple meals. It's easier to figure out what to cook—and cook it—if you have the ingredients on hand.

  2. Use precut frozen or canned vegetables.

    Incorporating precut frozen or canned vegetables into your meal-prep routines eliminates time spent cleaning, chopping, and dicing. Plus, unlike canned or frozen veggies—which move from field to package in a matter of hours—nutrient content of raw vegetables can vary greatly due to shipping and storage.

  3. Don't be afraid to rely on frozen meals.

    Some nights you're just not going to be in the mood to cook. Keep a variety of frozen meals on hand, suited to your family's tastes, so they can choose what they want for dinner (and even heat it up themselves). A stress reliever for you, and the family's happy, too.

  4. Cook larger batches.

    Cook more than you need of the main ingredient in your recipe, and then use the leftovers the next day in a new dish, or freeze them to use later.

  5. Clean as you go.

    Unfortunately, dinner's not done just because everyone is finished eating—there's still cleanup involved. Get ahead of the game by cleaning pots and pans as you prepare dinner; then you'll be able to relax more quickly after your meal.

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