Greetings, my good people and starter cooks! Are you finding it challenging to provide your family with tasty and affordable meals in a timely manner? No worries, we’ve got you covered with these ten cooking tips that everyone should know.
1. Cook in batches
Cooking several meals at once saves you time in the long run. Roast a big chunk of meat and turn it into different dishes throughout the week.
2. Prep ahead
Clean all your fruits and veggies when you get home from the store. It’ll be easier to whip up a quick salad or soup when everything is already prepped.
3. Watch cooking shows
Cooking shows are a great source of inspiration for quick and healthy meals. Get some ideas from your favorite chefs.
Believe it or not I enjoy watching Masterchef and Next Level Chef.
4. Revolving recipe file
Make a monthly meal plan with recipes chosen by your family. No need to plan 30 meals a month; just flip to the day and follow the recipe.
5. Enlist the help of family members
Get your kids involved in the kitchen as soon as they’re old enough. Assign specific tasks or even let them cook a whole meal!
6. Share with friends
Cook multiple servings of the same dish and trade with friends or neighbors. This is a fun way to try new recipes without having to cook every day.
7. Use coupons
Convenience foods at the grocery store can be expensive, but with coupons, they can be more affordable. Stock up on frozen entrees for those hectic evenings.
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8. Eating out
It’s okay to eat out from time to time. Keep an eye out for places that offer special prices for kids or healthier options.
If you are eating out- always remember- there is nothing wrong with looking for deals, it honestly makes the experience so much better. Groupon deals are the best, if you ask me. Malik and I have gone on several dates taking advantage of Groupon offers with no complaints and phenomenal service. We’re talking fine dining, 3 course seafood based type meals- you’ve got to take a look on Groupon if you haven’t before!
9. Food preparation services
If you’re a busy family, pre-made evening meals can be a great time-saver in urban areas. Although they may appear pricey, they could be worth the investment when weighed against the convenience and effort saved.
Have I tried pre-cooked food prep? Not yet, but I have tried Hello Fresh and it really does make cooking so much easier and saves time- I started mine with a discount and you can try HelloFresh with our discount as well- use code: FIH-JDY967M1T3TH, we highly recommend it. I have learned a few new recipes and I keep all my recipe cards.
10. Combine ideas
Mix and match these tips to create a plan that works best for you.
With a little planning, you can cook meals that are quick, easy, and delicious. Don’t spend hours in the kitchen every day; use these cooking tips for beginners to make your life easier. And don’t forget to come back for our cooking tip of the day!