Doing less in the kitchen (without paying for it)

Doing less in the kitchen

I firmly believe that if you don’t enjoy cooking, you shouldn’t feel obligated to spend hours preparing meals.

However, you still have to eat. I may not enjoy cooking, but it’s so much healthier and more affordable to eat at home. Going out or picking up takeout takes just as long (or longer!) than throwing a simple meal together.

I’m still looking for ways to spend even less time in the kitchen, so let me know if you have any. Here are a few that work for me:

Crock pot meals: I don’t use it as much as I should, but crock pot meal prep is usually faster. Clean up is faster, too. Here’s one of our favorites: Crock Pot Tex-Mex Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Mike cooks some nights or we cook together: If it’s possible to share meal prep with a spouse, it makes a huge difference. Last night Mike made steak and green beans for dinner. The night before I prepped veggies while he cooked the chicken for fajitas. Working together makes it more enjoyable, too.

I use as few dishes as possible: This is probably obvious, but eating heated leftovers in their containers saves time on dishes! We don’t have a dishwasher so every one counts.

We eat leftovers: Another obvious one, but multiple meals from one cooking session saves a ton of time.

I make simple, go to meals: When my chicken went bad last week, I quickly threw together black bean and cheese quesadillas and microwave steamed some green beans.

It was healthier, cheaper and faster than even fast food. I also try to keep some Trader Joe’s frozen meals and veggies on hand. For a quick lunch, I’m always happy with an egg and toast, or eggs and fruit this month.

We eat the same things often: It’s always faster to prepare something I know. A couple pre Whole 30 favorites:

Linguine with Spicy Shrimp

Chicken Curry in a Hurry

Maybe all my ideas are obvious. Please share any other ideas you have in the comments!!

7 thoughts on “Doing less in the kitchen (without paying for it)

  1. love the statement of “if you don’t enjoy cooking, you shouldn’t feel obligated to spend hours preparing meals” that’s so me! before we were travel around north america (like we are now) i would eat an egg with toast and avocado about 3 nights a week and loved it! i enjoyed your picture of this!

  2. Great suggestions! I love cooking but I don’t always have time to do what I’d like to, so I do a lot of the things you suggest. I did a post on slow cooker recipes a while back that you might like. I also have liked most of the freezer to slow cooker meals I’ve tried from the Mama and Baby Love website.

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