Social distancing. Working from home. Homeschooling. While we temporarily interrupt our regularly scheduled lives to flatten the curve by staying home, if you’re like me, you’ve been cooking at home far more than usual. Whether you’re cooking for family, roommates, or for yourself, it can be daunting (and exhausting) to plan and prepare three meals a day everyday. Doing all of the dishes alone can cause heartburn. There’s also the added challenge of limited trips to the grocery store. The good news is that with a little bit of planning, it’s possible to streamline the cooking process while still creating delicious meals to last you through the week.
Cook less, eat more. Sounds great. How do we do it? The key is to make a few recipes at the beginning of the week, such as protein, grains, and veggies, that can be repurposed for other recipes later in the week. With a few made-ahead items at the ready, you can minimize and enjoy your time in the kitchen while eating delicious and satisfying meals without feeling like you’re eating leftovers. Here are some suggestions to get those creative juices flowing.