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Last Updated on September 23, 2020 by Ellen Christian
I’m always looking for time saving tips that will let me get a healthy meal on the table quickly. At the end of a busy day, I don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen preparing dinner. I want it quick and easy without being unhealthy. That can often be a difficult balance to find, and I definitely have my moments where I don’t make the best choices. Using these tips, I can usually get dinner on the table with less effort and still have it be a meal I’m happy to serve. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
Time Saving Tips
My family is made up of meat eaters. While they are occasionally happy with a vegetarian option, for the most part, they prefer meat, potatoes, and vegetables. Because my husband has diabetes, my daughter is gluten intolerant, and I try to eat Paleo, we avoid meals that are loaded with pasta and bread. Beef can be prepared so many different ways that it’s my go to choice for dinner. Here are some time saving tips to keep in mind.
Buy It Already Cut
Yes, I could buy a roast and cut it into steaks or stew meat myself but I honestly do not have time. Instead, I look for Certified Angus Beef that’s prepared the way I need it for the meal that I have planned. If you buy in bulk, make sure that you have frozen individual dinner sized portions in the freezer to save time.
I cannot express how much I love my Instant Pot. If you’re not familiar with the Instant Pot, it’s a programmable pressure cooker. I can cook an entire roast along with potatoes and carrots in the Instant Pot and have it completely done in 45 minutes. On days that I forget to defrost it, I can have it done in about an hour. It’s amazing.
If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can use a slow cooker to save time as well. While it won’t have dinner ready in an hour, it will let you toss everything in first thing in the morning and leave it alone for 10 hours until dinner time. This works wonderfully for roasts, stews and even for marinating beef for stir fry later in the day.
As with anything, planning ahead is a huge time saver. Make sure that when you grocery shop you are shopping from a list that you prepared after meal planning. Each morning, check your calendar to see what meal you have planned and defrosting accordingly.
Cook in Batches
Freezer cooking can be a huge time saver. The idea is that one day, you will cook all of the food that you need for dinner for the entire week. That way, all you need to do is remove a prepared meal from the freezer and reheat it. While I’ve done this a few times, I don’t generally have space to make food for the entire week.
When preparing dinner, make enough for leftovers for the next night. Beef stew or beef stir-fry can easily be made in a double or triple batch. That way, next week when you plan to make beef stew, you’ll have one already prepared in the freezer. Or, when you make a chuck roast for dinner on Monday, save the leftover beef and use it in a stir fry on Thursday.
Do you have any time saving tips for preparing beef?
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.