I often hear people complain that they simply do not have time to prepare their meals. Between running a business and having my own life I can understand this sentiment -- but that does not mean you need to give up on taking the time to cook your meals. My answer: Divide and Conquer!
You may be wondering what I mean. Let's say you plan to cook 12 meals for the week (hypothetical number here).. You'd want to evenly divide your cooking between different appliances. For example-- on any given week I may divide my cooking between the stove or grill, an oven, and a crockpot. You can further diversify your meal prep if you have a rice cooker, microwave and other modern kitchen accessories. My strategy is to have maybe 3-4 different types of meals or meats going simultaneously and to utilize the different appliances to have them finishing at different times. I also try to have a combination of meals that require supervision or attention and ones that I can leave alone without much multi-tasking. I'll setup the longest meal first (crock pot), followed by the oven, then lastly I'll begin prepping my stove top meal. Meanwhile, the crock pot meal and oven meal are cooking while you are preparing and cooking your stove-top or grilled dish. Talk about productivity! Generally using these methods you can cut down on your total meal preparation time.
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