Too busy or tired to cook weeknight meals? Use these tips and shortcuts.
Assembly Required: Think of your meal prep as assembling food rather than cooking. Dishes such as burgers, sandwiches and salads are all easier and faster to “put together”.
Pre-prepped Veggies Can Help: Buy washed, cut and diced vegetables from your supermarket, and save the chopping and grating for ingredients like onion and garlic.
Source Your Sauces: Some sauce preparations in your recipes might seem daunting, but don’t be put off by them as most of these sauces can be replaced by bottled ones.
Cheat With Some Store-Bought Items: Nobody says you must cook the entire meal from scratch; cheat with some store-bought items for the foods which are more tedious to prepare, like smoked salmon or grilled chicken breast for your salad toppings.
Make Use Of Your Leftovers: Before cooking, look in your fridge to see if there’s anything to reuse. Chances are if you cook the day before, there’s some leftovers like veggies, broth or sauces to add to your new dishes.
3 Ways With… SHOT GLASSES
Don’t leave your shot glasses gathering dust till your next party. Try these handy everyday uses:
1 As An Egg Cup – craving boiled eggs but don’t have an egg cup on hand? a shot glass is the perfect size to prop up an egg, leaving just enough space at the top to spoon out the yolk.
2 To Core A Pineapple – Take a slice of pineapple and place your shot glass upside down on the core. Push firmly and the woody centre will pop right out.
3 As A Condiment Server – if you’re making burgers and chips, serve up condiments like mustard and tomato sauce in individual shot glasses – it’s a great way to contain mess.
Genius Food Hack
The perfect accompaniment to hearty steaks or pan-fried seafood, cauliflower can be a very versatile veggie (cauliflower fried rice, anyone?). But if you’ve always hated the smell, try this: add some apple peel to the boiling or steaming water while cooking to minimise the whiff.
3 Kitchen Tools We Adore
These cheery helpers will brighten up your kitchen.
Fun With Cooking
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