A few people have also asked questions recently about how I cook meals for work so I thought this would be a good time to list my four keys to making dinnertime about the food and not the hungry hour of waiting.
1. Find Quick meals, One Pot meals, and Pre-prep dinners
Quick meals and one pot meals are the best for making fresh food on the fly. For me, quick means 25 minutes or less (otherwise I get a tad bit hangry). One pot meals are also great because not only are they often quick, they involve way less clean-up, especially if you don't have a dishwasher (letting you get out and explore faster).
Another tip is to pre-cut/chop/dice your vegetables and meat before cooking. It doesn't have to be day of, and can even be a few days in advance. My chopping in big batches, you'll have a faster time cooking things up fast.
2. Plan your recipes and have a flow
We've all had that time where we forgot to turn the oven on and had to wait 15 minutes for it to heat up. Before cooking, read over your recipe and determine a flow for how you're going to walk through the steps.
That alone will save time, as well as having a through understanding of the recipe before you start cooking.
3. Simple, but flavourful
With just a few ingredients you can often make what tastes like a gourmet dinner. You simply need to use the right combination of spices and ingredients. Though at first it may be hard to figure out what the right combination of spices are, you can get a jump start using pre-packaged combinations, like curries. After you've become more comfortable, you can get the raw spices themselves and make different combinations until you figure out what you like.
4. Freezer meals and smoothies
I know I've said it a million times on this blog, but home made freezer meals are amazing. Though the store bought kind are convenient, they are packed with chemicals, sodium, and not enough nutrients. Home made freezer meals can be customized to diet, tastes, and connivence, and last in the freezer for up to three months. They also only take a few minutes to microwave.
For breakfast, I like to make smoothies. They are nutrition packed as well (yay for plain greek yogurt), but are tasty. They also do very well on the go--you can't exactly eat oatmeal in public but no one cares if you're drinking a shake!