When people wonder what it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle, they’re always told to eat a healthy diet. Well, duh! It’s not exactly rocket science, but the problem is that it’s difficult for lots of people to eat healthily for one common reason; a lack of time.
If you’ve got a limited amount of time on your hands, the last thing you want is to spend hours in the kitchen making healthy food. Instead, you get a microwave meal or buy something ready-made from a shop – which ultimately isn’t healthy. So, keeping that in mind, here’s how you can cook healthy meals when you’ve got no time:
One pot cooking
This concept is straightforward; get all your ingredients and chuck them in one pot. Everything cooks together, meaning you have less washing up to do, fewer things to focus on, and it’s far quicker. You will find so many recipes where you can just chop some food up and throw it all into a cast iron dutch oven, then pop the lid on and let it cook while you clean up. To give you some inspiration, here’s a video with 31 quite delicious one-pot meal ideas:
Use a vegetable chopper
For me, the worst part of cooking is chopping up all the ingredients. So, if you can find a way to address this, then it reduces your cooking time dramatically. Vegetable choppers are basically gadgets that chop your veg for you. There are manual ones, and there are electronic ones. Either one is fine, and it means you spend less time cooking, and more time getting work done or focusing on the more important things in your life.
Take the lazy way out and buy pre-cut ingredients
Of course, you could also just be extra lazy and save so much time by purchasing pre-chopped ingredients. Nowadays, you can get things like chopped onions, chopped veg, and even sliced up meat. Some of this comes frozen, so you can store it in your freezer for a good few months and have a nice supply.
If you’re wondering why I’ve bothered to include the vegetable chopper tip when you can just do this, then let me explain. Pre-cut ingredients will always be more expensive, which means some people prefer to save money and buy them the traditional way. Plus, you won’t find every single ingredient pre-chopped, it’s usually just common things like onions, garlic, and maybe mushrooms.
Cook in bulk and freeze your meals
This is definitely the best way to cut down your overall cooking time throughout the week. Instead of cooking enough food for one meal, cook enough for multiple portions. Instantly, you’ve got three or four meals right there. Freeze the extra portions and heat them up in the microwave when you need them – it’s a healthy microwave meal!
Meal prepping like this is so beneficial, and you can usually find a bit of time to cook a couple of different recipes and freeze enough food to keep you going during the week.
There’s always enough time to cook healthy meals, you just have to know how to do it. With this advice, it should allow you to eat a better diet without spending hours in the kitchen.