Simple, clean, less is more – I truly heart those statements. As an adult, I’ve not only come to enjoy the simple things in life but I also strive to make my life simpler as much as I can. As a working mom, in charge of many chores in my home, I have looked for ways of making life around the house as simple as possible. I loooove to have my house all put together but I also love having time to share with friends and family, get involved in the community and of course communicate with you through this blog. Sooo, in order to do all of that, I either have to be a super woman (which I am definitely not) or I need to be more strategic about making things easy for myself, like cutting down and letting go. The only area where I don’t ever cut down, is in the quality of the food I serve my family. I try to serve my family tasty and delicious meals and while some may think this is a complicated task, I beg to differ. Your time in the kitchen should not be a burden, all you need to do is follow a few handy tricks and cooking will be a breeze. Follow my tips below:
My TOP Five Cooking Tips to help you cut down on weekdays cooking time:
- Keep your vegetables chopped: wash, clean and cut some onions and peppers early on he week and keep them in the fridge so when the time comes all you need to do is saute them or throw them in your meals.
- Store a big batch of sofrito: sofrito is my homemade seasoning of choice (get the recipe here). I keep it in the fridge for weeks. A dollop of sofrito will transform plain poultry, rice, vegetables, meats or fish in no time.
- Make one pot meals: one pot meals like lasagna, pastelones and casseroles are great. I like to make a big one and eat from it throughout the week alternating with one or two other meals.
- Use the broiler: the broiler is my best friend in the kitchen. Many don’t use the broiler often but you can broil any meat or fish under 15 minutes and what is best you can be doing something else while your main dish cooks on its own.
- Transform canned and boxed meals: there is nothing wrong with having to open a can or a box of food to prep your semi-homemade meal. Pre-packaged food will save you time and is totally OK as long as you add some fresh elements to make the final dish a tastier one.
Here is an idea on how to put in practice my last tip on this list: add veggies plus drop an egg when making ramen noodles. Fresh veggies will make the soup much more interesting and it still will only take about 10 minutes or less to make.
To quickly make this soup, make sure your veggies are super thinly sliced.
Add all the veggies along with the noodles in boiling chicken or veggie broth. Cover and let everything rest for about 5 minutes. Done!
- 1 standard package (4 ounces) Ramen noodles or any Asian noodles of choice
- 2 cups chicken or veggie broth
- ¼ teaspoon ginger, grated
- ¼ cup carrots, grated
- ¼ cup shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup snow peas
- ½ small onion, thinly sliced
- 2 leaves baby bok choy
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon green onions, thinly sliced
- Salt to taste
- In a medium sauce pan, heat broth until it comes to a boil.
- Add all the veggies along with the noodles in the boiling water.
- Cover pan and bring heat to very low.
- After 5 minutes uncover, add ginger, salt to taste and stir.
- Drop and egg in the soup and swirl it around.
- Take the pan off the heat once the noodles and veggies have cooked to your liking.