If Beyoncé and Lin Manuel Miranda have the same number of hours in their days as we do, we know that there must be ways of maximizing and saving time in order to spend time on what is really important! There are a million “hacks” to save you time, but let’s focus on an area where people feel that they spend a lot of time – the kitchen!
Chopping a huge pile of vegetables, carefully monitoring a stew or making sure that the water stays at a simmer can be time intensive. Here are some devices that might help you spend less time at the stove, and more time doing what you love!
- Mandolin Slicer – Warning: EXTREMELY SHARP BLADE. Manolin slicers are great for getting a thin, even slice on everything you run across their blades. In seconds you can make bell pepper rounds, make vegetable chips out of sweet potato, or julienne some veggies for a salad. But heed the warning: Mandolin slicers have been known to claim a fingertip or two, so make sure you use a finger guard as you slice and dice.
- Vegetable Spiralizer – Get this – almost anything can become a noodle: carrot, sweet potato, beet, or zuchinni (our personal favorite). Vegetable noodles tend to have a significantly shorter cook time than dried pasta noodles, and can be a delicious low carb alternative to pasta. A member of the Fusion Wellness team recently made zucchini noodles with a garlic heirloom tomato sauce. From prep to plate the cooking process was 10 minutes.
- Rice Cooker – If you have a busy day, it’s a set-and-forget device that will deliver perfectly cooked rice every time! If you’re cooking a meal that requires several burners on your stovetop, your rice cooker will also free up a burner and save you more space and time.
- Immersion Blender – If you’re making a soup or stew, an immersion blender can be a great way to help you save time (and dishes). Instead of transferring the soup from the pot to the blender in batches, blending until smooth and then reheating on the stove, use an immersion blender. Like the name suggests, you can blend right in the pot, and tackle the entire soup at once!
- Crockpot – The crockpot is as close to a cooking magic trick as we can think of. It’s a one stop shop and can help you make breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even dessert. All you need is a little prep time. Hate getting up early to make breakfast? Use the crockpot to make some overnight oatmeal and wake-up to a hot meal specially prepared for you! Tired when you get home from work? Before you leave your house in the morning, set up all the ingredients in the crockpot and press “go!” 8 hours later you’ll have a delicious dinner that might be big enough to serve the whole family or give you leftovers for the week! Our personal favorite crockpot meals include chili, enchiladas, curries, and turkey meatball soup!
Now that you’ve saved time in the kitchen, save some time on your workout too! And if you haven’t been working out, even BETTER a reason to check out our realistic, sustainable, 7 proven hacks for finally getting your body back in under 10 minutes a day (without a gym!)
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