Make things even simpler prepping freezer-friendly meals ahead and storing them in freezer bags so when it’s time to eat, you just have to heat it up. Just be sure to label and date it, plus any specific heating directions. Plus when you lay the filled bags flat, it makes for very easy stacking and storage. (I personally like to do this.)
And once it’s time to whip up dinner, use some slow-cooker liners to make cleanup a total cinch. Sometime a super easy cleanup can help motivate yourself to cook (or maybe that’s just me).
Limit yourself to a one-pan recipe that bakes in the oven while you do other stuff. You’ll have less clutter while cooking and fewer dishes to wash afterward.
Outsource your veggie chopping to this 4-in-1 slicer that’ll catch your chopped ingredients until you’re ready to dump them into a dish.
Or invest in a manual food chopper for quick work of herbs, fruits, veggies, and ice in case your knife skills could use some practice or you just wanna make food prep a lil’ more fun.
Pick a few like-minded grain-based recipes and prep a big batch of grains that you can use for multiple meals and dishes.
Meal prep like you’re feeding a family of four…but keep it all for yourself.
Shop your own pantry by putting essentials like canned tuna to work in new dishes you won’t believe.
Zero in on the holes in your food stores with this handy pad that’ll help you replace stuff when you need it.
Keep some pre-made simmer sauces handy to to easily zhuzh up that plain chicken breast you have thawing in the sink. Seriously, just dump that sauce on it once it’s cooked in the pan! (Psst, they’re also Keto- and Paleo-friendly but IMO don’t taste like it.)
Or try out The Omsom Bundle, which is really just fancy talk for flavorful Asian dish starters (aka, the sauces, aromatics, and seasonings) to keep stashed in your pantry for heavy lifting. Each comes with recipes you can easily follow along. Just add protein and veggies!
Consider breakfast. For. Dinner.
Park this 8-in-1 kitchen tool set on your counter so you’ll spend less time searching for a funnel or measuring cup.
Add restaurant leftovers to home-cooked meals, like some spicy chicken from a salad to this Easy Breakfast Frittata. Or some rolls you nicked from a bread basket as buns for these Pulled Porchetta Sandwiches.
Transfer fresh produce you need to use ASAP to storage containers and put them front and center in your fridge, so you can cut down on search time for those strawberries for a salad.
Hang your pots and pans — and lids — so you won’t have to spend 10 minutes digging through your cabinets.
Find a new twist on a quick, OG favorite — like pizza grilled cheese — so you feel like you’re cooking dinner on autopilot.
Set it and (almost) forget it with this rapid egg cooker that’ll get them the perfect consistency for any recipe.
Throw all your leftovers and about-to-wilt stuff in a big, beautiful bowl — with these Buddha bowl recipes for inspo.
Keep a stocked pantry! It isn’t rocket science, but it helps. So. Much.
Beef up (but in a meatless way) an entree with variety pack of A Dozen Cousins ready-to-eat seasoned beans, an extremely tasty recipe of a dinner staple. You only have to put the bag in the microwave for 60 seconds, which’ll help you concentrate on the other parts of your meal. (I love the Trini Chickpea Curry with rice for a super satisfying weekday lunch.)
Lean on a variety pack of delish fully-cooked Indian chana that’ll quickly heat up in the microwave and satisfy any takeout cravings you may have. I’ve tried all of these and they are SO good.
And a spicy vindaloo simmer sauce from the same brand you can dump in a pan with chicken, veggies, whatever for a delicious result.
Find some 15-minute recipes for dishes you already love to make eating (kinda) like a breeze.
Organize your spices so you can zero in on that tiny little bottle of paprika or celery salt.
Fall back on these energy-boosting toast ideas for some surprising topping combos that you already have in your kitchen.
Take nearly ALL the prep work outta dinner with a Pig of the Month Club subscription – it comes with lots o’ meaty options that are all but ready for ya’. You don’t have to start from scratch when it comes to cooking! Here’s to the hard work having been already done for some amazing ribs.
Stock your freezer with chicken that ships marinated in case you’re still a bit confused about that flavor-boosting process.
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