There are times, when you can take your sweet time and cook a nice dinner. Maybe you wanted to impress your family and decided to experiment with a fantastic new recipe you’ve heard great things about. With curiosity you flip through the pages of a new cookbook and quietly dream to cook every single recipe from it. You dream how delicious they will taste and everyone in your family will love what you have made. No complaining! Just asking for more!

There are also the times, especially during the busy weekdays, and you are rushing home. Everyone is tired and hungry (and maybe cranky too). You hear somebody screaming: “Mom! I am hungry!” :( :(
Then you hear somebody else asking: “Honey, is dinner ready yet?”

Your family just wants to eat. You only have 20 minutes to get dinner on the table. Sounds like a daily Amazing Race challenge in your family kitchen, right?

We are sharing 5 proven tips to help you get that dinner finished a bit faster to feed the hungry (and sometimes cranky) crowd.

1. Defrost meats the night before.
5 Tips To Help You Cook Dinner Faster -- imadethisdish.comFrozen meats takes a while to defrost. After you get home from work, you probably don’t want to wait 4-5 more hours until meat is ready to cook. Might as well go to bed by then.  Instead, pull your meat from the freezer the night before and leave it in the fridge section. Next day it would be nicely defrosted and ready to cook.

2. Boil the water ASAP.
5 Tips To Help You Cook Dinner Faster -- imadethisdish.comAs soon as you get home, start that water boiling right away. Forget about taking off your jacket, maybe you can take off the shoes to keep that floor clean. Don’t forget to put a lid on. It’s your BFF (best fried forever), the lid will help heat that pot even faster.

3. Cook pasta or rice before making a stir-fry.
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Pasta and rice takes around 20 minutes to make (10 minutes to get the water boiling & 10 minutes to cook). So if you only have 30 minutes to get your dinner on the table, start cooking time consuming dishes first.

4. Multi-tasking is a GREAT idea.
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If you are just starting to learn how to cook, maybe you want to wash, cut and prep your vegetables before heating the pan. But if you notice on Food Network, chefs chop their onions and vegetables, while the pan is heating. Give it a try, just watch out not to overheat the pan, my friend.

5. Wash, chop, store in the fridge on Sunday.
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Some days you are soooo busy that you can’t even afford to wash, and cut vegetables. I agree. You don’t need to make salads for every meal. You can pick up a salad bag from the store. There I said it! J Or if you want to both save money and time, just wash and cut your vegetables ahead of time on Sunday. This way you can serve salad during the week and not have to make it every single time. Shhh…its our secret.

Leave us a comment below, what’s your dirty secret to help you cook dinner faster.


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