5 Tips to making a quick meal in minutes

Making a meal doesn’t have to take a long time. While the best meals are the ones that you spend hours marinating in juices and slowly cooking, there are times when you just want something to eat in a hurry. What are some ways that you can make a meal in just a few minutes?

Have The Ingredients Already Prepared

If you are going to make a meal that requires chicken, shrimp and rice, you should have the chicken skinned, the shrimp in a pot of water and the rice already cooked. This will reduce the amount of time that you need to cook the chicken and thaw the shrimp. All told, you should need no more than 15 minutes to create a healthy meal.

Instant Meals Can Be Created In Minutes

Those who really don’t want to or don’t have the time to cook can buy meals that you merely warm up in the microwave. In minutes, you can mac and cheese, turkey and gravy or lasagna that can feed yourself or a family of four. Msny brands such as Continental have simple recipes that they pride themselves for being quick and efficient for the mum no the go. This is a good trick to have up your sleeve when you don’t want to cook and the kids are whining for their evening meal.

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Pasta Makes Everything Better

Pasta is a food that you can make in about five minutes and pair with a variety of foods. Putting shredded cheese on pasta is an easy way to make mac and cheese as a meal or a side dish. Adding shrimp makes for a great protein dish while adding tomato or alfredo sauce can make for a filling and yummy Italian dinner.

Buy The Main Dish From The Store

Your local grocery store will most likely have a prepared foods section that you can browse to help cut down on your cooking time. You can get chicken, pasta or Chinese food that you only have to reheat when you get home. Additionally, you can pick up sides such as biscuits, chicken wings or a vegetable medley.

Become Familiar With Basic Food Groups

You need to become familiar with foods that can be mixed and matched with other foods to create easy meals. Peanut butter is great for a sandwich, to be spread on celery or can be mixed with bananas for a healthier treat. Fish and eggs can be mixed with pasta, vegetables or chicken to create a low calorie meal that everyone can enjoy. Chicken is a food that you can eat with nothing on it, bread it or dip it in honey mustard to vary your food choices.

Your meal plans don’t have to suffer just because you don’t have a lot of time to cook. Chicken, fish and pasta are three foods that go great with anything. If you prepare the ingredients ahead of time, you can reduce your cooking time even more when you just don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen.

Jessica is a stay a home mum and when her kids are at school she loves the art of flower arranging in her spare time. She loves sharing her tips and tricks with other fellow green thumbs and trying new things with her garden.

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