Everyone loves to eat good food all through the week, but midweek meals can be a pain to organize and cook when you are tired from a busy day. It’s no wonder so many people turn to meal kit deliveries for recipe inspiration and tasty meals. I’ve done my research, like looking into home chef vs hello fresh as well as other kits, and they all seem pretty good to me! I can understand why they’re such a hit. Thankfully, when I was younger, I was taught so many quick and easy recipes which are great as midweek meals so I always have an idea at hand! You can check out these tips on making cooking in the week a breeze.
15 min meals
Most people think of cooking an evening meal as a long process that can take up to an hour. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Why not choose something quick and delicious like some grilled chicken and a superfood salad that can be made in less that 15 mins.
Alternatively, if you are pressed for time in the evenings, why not cook something that can bake in the oven like a lasagna or a fish pie? While it’s cooking, you can be getting on with the other jobs like putting the laundry on or helping the kids with their homework, Then once dinner is over you can sit down for some chill out time.
Another way of getting good food quick is to increase the amount of food from different cultures that you eat in the week. There are some particular styles of food that are known for having very quick to prepare and cook dishes such as Chinese food. A stir fry is one of the quickest meals you can make. You can even buy noodles that you don’t have to pre-boil; they can just be added straight to the wok!
Of course, there is quite a bit of Chinese food that is deep fried too, like this yummy orange chicken. Luckily this doesn’t take long either. Just coat your meat or veg in a tempura batter, fry and wait for them to puff and rise. Some people use a traditional wok, filled with oil for this. But others prefer the safety and convenience of a deep fat fryer. If you haven’t yet bought a fryer make sure you read this article on getting the best deep fryer for the money before you get yours.
Another super popular idea at the moment is food prep. This means prepping your meals at the weekend, so all you need to do is some minimal cooking and then they are done. If you are preparing family meals in their ways, it’s best not to pre-cook anything like you would do if you were doing a single person’s, lunches.
Instead get some zip lock bags. Then use one for the meat with a marinade. Remember the long its sits the marinade the better it will taste, just make sure you know the BBF date. Then cut and prepare the vegetables for that meal, and store in another zip lock bag. Then you can cook your starch straight from the pack like rice or pasta.
Another great tip is to free your pre-bagged meals, and then just take one out each morning before you go to work. Then they can defrost in the fridge during they day. You can be sure that your family is getting fresh home cooked meals, without it taking all your evening up in the kitchen.