3. Cooking Low Maintenance Meals
What’s a low maintenance meal? It’s one that doesn’t necessarily cook quickly, but it doesn’t involve a lot of standing over the stove, either. Your food can cook unattended while you handle household chores and spend time with your family or friends. Here are some low maintenance meal ideas:
- Put your grain of choice with enough water to cook into the bottom of your rice cooker, then layer veggies and beans or tofu into the top. Turn the cooker on, and it makes the whole meal while you do other things.
- Toss beans, veggies, broth, onions, garlic, and spices into the slow cooker and let it go. Savvy Vegetarian has a great roundup of vegan slow cooker recipes to get you going!
- Cook up some pasta on the stove and toss with a quickie vegan pesto for a fast meal. Up the health value by tossing in some steamed veggies, like broccoli or carrots.
4. Cook Big Batches
If you’re going to spend time in the kitchen, make it productive! Instead of cooking enough for just one meal, make enough so that you’ll have some leftovers. You can bring these for lunch the next day or reheat them for a super quick dinner later on in the week.
You can also do batch cooking on the weekends, preparing a few dishes to keep in the fridge for busy evenings. Casseroles, pasta salads, sandwich fillings, and roasted veggies are a few great staples to have on hand for weeknight meals. While roasted veggies might not make a whole meal, Robin Shreeves has some great tips for turning those leftover veggies into a number of easy, healthy, delicious dishes.