Cooking is not for everyone. It requires time, effort, and a bit of knowledge about food and the cooking process. Some people don’t have the time, or don’t want to dedicate the time, to cooking a large, fancy meal. Instead, they opt for pre-made or simple recipes.
However, cooking does not have to be complex. There are a number of things you can do make the whole process easier and more enjoyable.
Here are five steps you can take to make cooking simpler.
- Write a weekly grocery list
The worst thing is going into the fridge to prepare your dinner, and realising you have barely any ingredients to use. This is where writing a weekly grocery list is a life saver. After all, how are you supposed to cook anything if you don’t have the necessary ingredients?
Each week, make a list of all of the foods you’re going to need to create your upcoming meals. This eliminates any pressure when you get to the grocery store, as you already know exactly what you need to buy.
Some people find having a grocery list on a whiteboard is helpful, as it can be updated when you think of extra things to buy. This can be hung on your fridge door, or by the front door to remind you about it.
- Keep the ingredients to a minimum
Simple cooking does not mean the food doesn’t taste good. A quick Google search will pull up thousands of recipes that use less than five ingredients, from starters to mains to desserts. Find yourself a bunch of easy-to-follow recipes to make your cooking simpler.
- Use cooking equipment and accessories
There are so many kitchen accessories out there that make cooking much simpler. Whether it is a gadget to help you cut your veggies, or a powerful blender or slow cooker, investing in some high-quality cooking equipment can make cooking simpler for anybody, from beginners to advanced chefs.
- Keep the kitchen clean!
Cooking can be a messy process! It’s easy to accidentally create a mess all over the kitchen top, or spill bits of food around the stove and down the sides of the stove.
The Drake countertop gap cover makes cleaning up a lot easier, by covering the pesky gap between the stove and your kitchen counter. This magnetic cover prevents crumbs, boil-overs, and over spills from your pans from falling down the sides of your stove. And let’s face it, it’s easy to forget about cleaning down there!
Make sure you have a good old clean around your kitchen during, and after cooking. This will help you stay on top of your cleaning, whilst preventing a build-up of old food down the sides of the counters that can attract bugs.
- Meal prep
Meal prep is great for those of you who are super busy, and have no time to cook. Each Sunday, cook yourself large amounts of food that can be portioned into containers, ready to eat for the upcoming week. You can prepare your lunches, dinners, and even healthy snacks. Creating all of your meals in one go keeps cooking super simple and quick.