4 Ways to Cook More with a Busy Schedule

If you don’t cook many meals at home, your number one reason is probably lack of time. While having a busy schedule can definitely get in the way of cooking every meal from scratch, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to eat more homemade food.

1) Cook Enough for Leftovers

To start cooking more at home, try to cook enough for leftovers. Even if right now you only have 1-2 nights a week with enough spare time to cook a meal, just double the recipe or make a recipe you know will have enough for leftovers. This might be a casserole, slow cooker meal, soup or chili, where you always have enough leftover.

That way, you are eating more homecooked meals, but don’t spend as much time doing the cooking. It is a great way to either have more meals for lunches and dinners throughout the week, or to start stocking up on freezer meals for those nights where you just don’t have the time to cook.

2) Have Designated Cooking Days

Another easy way to cook when you have a busy schedule is choose a few designated cooking days. This might be an entire day like over the weekend when you have more time, or 2-3 nights when your schedule has a little room for moving things around. Don’t worry about the other days, and just focus on cooking these days when you know you have a bit more time.

3) Make it Easier for Yourself

Make cooking as easy as possible before you even begin. Start doing some prep and planning before the cooking day arrives. Plan everything when you go grocery shopping, and try to shop just once a week. Do any prep you can before cooking, like rinsing and chopping vegetables, premeasuring ingredients, thawing meat, and anything else that needs to be done. That way, even with a busy schedule, you have already cut your cooking time in half.

4) Get Help in the Kitchen

Let your kids help! When they keep coming in to the kitchen to ask if dinner is ready not, why not put them to work? Depending on their ages, they might be able to prepare a salad, chop vegetables, stir soups or gravies, or just set the table. Every little task that you can get help with by other household members is one less thing you need to find time for yourself.

On that note, dear web users and followers, cook from the heart when you feel like you should. Don’t do it as if you are carrying a heavy burden on your shoulders but, make cooking a delight. Beautify your kitchen!


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  1. Pooja G says:

    These are great tips. I have found it so helpful to have leftovers I can eat throughout the next few days.

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    1. Anne-Vasthi Louissaint says:

      This is the best way to learn how to store leftover food and then eat it without waste Pooja! So don’t waste leftover food!

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