No more dishes!
The best way to avoid that dreaded pile of post-dinner dirty dishes? Sheet pan or one-pot recipes! The sheet pan method entails placing all your veggies, along with your meat or fish, on a baking dish, throwing it in the oven, and then enjoying a delicious dinner—no pots and pans required! You can also opt for the one-pot method: simply combine all your ingredients (example: uncooked pasta, veggies and herbs) in a large casserole dish, cover with liquid and let simmer away until done!
The freezer: your BFF
Another great tip is to make a larger quantity of what you’re already cooking for dinner and freeze the extras for a later date. Spaghetti sauce, soups and stews all freeze well; simply unthaw them in the fridge all day, warm them up when you get home, and enjoy! Also, when prepping your vegetables on the weekend, grill or roast a few extra portions to freeze. This way, you’ll always have “fresh” veggies to toss into any meal.
Cook with friends
Cooking with a friend is fun, so why not make a day of it? Make Sunday your meal-prepping day. Invite a friend over, pick two recipes each, double the quantities and presto! You each have four meals to start the week! Asian chicken soup, vegetarian curry, breakfast banana bread, a trio of spreads for lunch . . . the possibilities are endless!