When you are a busy family, the last thing you want to do is spend a ton of time putting dinner together, and then cleaning the kitchen afterwards. Since we are often trying to squeeze in a healthy dinner before a ton of other to-dos, our family eats a lot of pasta. Pasta cooks quickly, but when I break it in half, those little piece of dry noodles fly everywhere creating added cleanup. Makes me crazy.
Now, Ronco has eliminated that problem with Pot-Sized Pasta. You still get the same 16 ounces and pay the same price per box, but no longer have to snap the noodles in half to make them fit your pot. Those tiny pieces of spaghetti that fly all over the stove top and floor are gone. It’s a fabulous shortcut!
Right now, Ronco is hosting a Pot-Sized Pasta shortcut competition on Facebook and I have entered for a chance to win $500, but I need your help because the winner is based on the number of votes. You can vote once per day, and by doing so, you are entered for a chance to win one of 6 weekly drawings for $100.
So, which quick cooking tip am I sharing? I couldn’t pick just one…
Shortcuts for Quick Healthy Meals
1) Prep vegetables for all of your meals and snacks at once.
I wash, peel, and cut all of our carrots, celery, and onions once each week. The carrots and celery are packaged in plastic containers in the refrigerator while I bag the onions into one-cup portions and then place the separate bags into a large freezer bag.
2) Start from homemade mixes.
By spending an hour in the kitchen preparing homemade mixes, you not only eliminate the expense of buying pre-packaged mixes but all of the preservatives and fake food ingredients.
3) Cook dry beans in bulk.
Since I use dry beans as a substitute for meat as well as in a lot of beans and rice recipes, I cook bulk packages of beans and freeze them in portions that are ready to be added to any meal. Since cooking beans can be quick time consuming, this shortcut eliminates several hours from meal preparations.
4) Cook several meals at once.
By packaging my meals for the crock pot and freezing them or just striving to cook for an entire week at one time, I can prepare five to seven meals in about 90 minutes. As I leave the kitchen, I know that all I need to do is heat and eat for the rest of the week.
5) Double your ingredients to put half in the freezer.
When preparing a pasta dish or soup, double the amount you cook and place half in the freezer for another night. Soups can easily be reheated on the stove top or in the microwave while pasta can be frozen like a casserole and cooked in the oven.
Have a quick cooking tip for healthy meals to share? Drop a comment below. I am always looking for ways to save time in the kitchen.
Oh, and don’t forget to vote! Thank you.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Ronco Pasta but opinions are 100% my own.