I love cooking but the chopping and the washing up after – not so much! I do love cooking but THAT DOES NOT MEAN that I love spending hours in the kitchen! Nope! Not at all!! To the contrary, I like things that do not take too long to prep and cook.
I have simplified my life by practicing FOUR very good habits (if I may say so myself). It makes cooking so much more pleasurable and so much easier to manage. I cook about 16 meals a week and here is the secret to my success… and sanity.
1. Menu Planning
Every Sunday evening or Monday at the latest, I make it a point to sit down and carefully plan my menu for the week. I do try to include my family in this so everyone gets something they would like.
2. Food Prep
There is no way I am willing to dirty my chopping board and knives, graters, peelers and graters every day, or worse twice a day! NO WAY!!!
I take the easy road – I food prep. Nothing goes into my refrigerator unless it is cut, chopped, marinated and if possible pre-cooked.
We go to the poultry and meat market every alternate week, grocery shopping monthly and the farmers’ market every Tuesday.
3. A Well Stocked Pantry
It is very important to know what you have in your pantry. You want to use things in there so nothing once bought goes forgotten or left out of your menu when you plan. And you also want to positively know that the something you are planning to use is available in your pantry.
4. An Organised Refrigerator
Fresh produce, fresh vegetables, all prepped and ready for use take the sting out of cooking. You can focus on the flavours and the trying out new recipes instead of worrying about the pile of chopping boards, knives and prep plates.