9 Time-Saving Meal SolutionsSeptember 25, 2017
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Preparing a delicious meal does not need to take a long time. With the right tips & tricks, you can get dinner on the table in no time. From adding flavor with Simply Beyond® Spray-on Herbs to making clean-up quick with Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes, keep reading for all my time-saving meal solutions today!
9 Time-Saving Meal Solutions
1. Use pancake mixes!
Breakfast can be a very busy time of the day around here. From preparing lunches to getting the kids dressed for school, I am always trying to save time in the mornings. Using a packaged pancake mix is a great way to get a tasty breakfast on the table in no time.
BONUS TIP: Make a big batch of pancakes on the weekend. Freeze the leftovers and simply microwave them in the mornings for a quick weekday breakfast solution!
2. Prepare rice in the microwave!
To go alongside a protein and some veggies, I like to prepare some rice for dinner. Skip the boiling water on the stove and use a packaged rice product that can be prepared in the microwave. In under 2 minutes, I can plate a warm, flavorful rice pilaf! By the way, a wonderful protein to go alongside the rice is shrimp – I love that it can go directly from freezer to stove top.
3. Add flavor with sprays!
Speaking of shrimp, one of my favorite new dishes is Garlic Lime Shrimp prepared using Simply Beyond® Spray-on Herbs and it’s the simplest recipe ever! All I need to do is place the shrimp in oil over medium heat. I top with some lime juice and spritz on some Simply Beyond® Spray-on Herbs in Garlic flavor. Did you know that these sprays only contain two ingredients: concentrated essential oil and just a bit of organic canola oil as a base? This simplicity lets the herb’s natural flavor shine through! I love that these sprays contain no chemicals, preservatives or even air contact (thanks to the non-aerosol design). What this means is that these bottles are a shelf-stable source of fresh herb flavor. Using these sprays is so much more convenient than buying fresh organic herbs at the market each week!
This Garlic Lime Shrimp recipe is a delicious, flavorful dish that comes together in no time! What’s really special about Simply Beyond® Spray-on Herbs is their versatility! Since these sprays are packed with flavor, you only need a tiny bit to add big flavor (you can always add more later on). Take your everyday dishes to the next level with these sprays – they are perfect for grilled meats, fish, veggies, pizza, fries, salads and more! With Simply Beyond® Spray-on Herbs, create gourmet flavors easily and affordably!
There’s another spray I have been using recently to add a ton of flavor conveniently and affordably to my recipes! I have been making Pomegranate Veggie Kabobs with Simply Beyond® Organic Fruit Vinegar! I simply cut zucchini & mushrooms into large cubes and thread them onto a skewer along with some grape tomatoes. I place them in a pan over medium heat and spritz on some Simply Beyond® Organic Fruit Vinegar in Pomegranate flavor. Made with pure, organic ingredients, this vinegar features the time-tested taste of old world Modena (an Italian province famous for its vinegars). Combined with red wine vinegar and pomegranate juice, this spray is a delicious way to boost the flavor of these veggies.
This fruit vinegar adds the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity to these veggies. Use Simply Beyond® Organic Fruit Vinegars in many ways: to bring out the sweetness on savory foods like pork, to boost the flavor of olive oil salad dressings, or to enrich the flavor of a dessert like ice cream.
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4. Prepare salad ingredients ahead of time!
When I get home from the supermarket, I take some time to wash, cut and prepare my produce. I like to fill some plastic containers with the ingredients I use to make a salad: cucumbers, tomatoes, onion & pickled veggies. When it’s time to prepare a salad, assembly is quick. To add a bright burst of flavor in the salad, be sure to use one of the Simply Beyond® Organic Fruit Vinegars.
5. Make clean-up easy!
Preparing food in the kitchen often results in a mess. That’s why when it comes to cleaning up, I like to make things easy! I recently had my daughter help me make a frosting for a cake. However, she decided to get hands-on with the activity…
Yes, it was a mess. A big mess! Luckily, I keep Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes on hand for moments like these. I love that these wipes are an easy way to wipe out dirt and messes. Furthermore, they kill 99.99% of germs without soap and water- that’s perfect when you need a quick hand wipe on the go!
I really like this travel pack because each wipe is kept fresh in its own sealed pouch. Did you know that Wet Ones 2-in-1 wipes are hypoallergenic so they’re perfect for even the smallest hands? That’s important to me because my kids are constantly getting their hands dirty from messy craft sessions, trips to the park or baking sessions in the kitchen.
I actually keep a pack just like this in my purse because it’s the easiest, most efficient way of cleaning messy hands. I also keep a Wet Ones hand wipes canister in my car.
6. Use canned goods!
I always keep my pantry stocked with canned goods, such as beans. Preparing beans from scratch is a very time-consuming process. However, with the cans, I can add a big burst of fiber & protein to my meals without any extra prep time.
7. Plan your meals!
Everyday life can get busy. That’s why I like to plan out my meals for dinner. This makes it easy for me when I’m shopping at the supermarket, because I plan out my grocery shopping list based on my weekly meal plan.
8. Freeze cubed fruits!
Smoothies are one of my fave breakfasts and snacks. To streamline my smoothie game, I like to chop and freeze bags of fruits ahead of time. To make a smoothie, all I need to do is add the contents of one of these bags to a blender, along with some almond milk & protein powder. Easy peasy!
9. Embrace frozen veggies!
Frozen vegetables are often picked at peak ripeness and frozen immediately, so they retain most of the flavor & nutrients. Take advantage of this convenience by purchasing frozen veggies & microwaving them for a quick side. Be sure to spritz some Simply Beyond® Spray-on Herbs for an added flavor boost.
I hope these tips have inspired you to save some time in the kitchen. Now I’d love to hear from you. What are your best time-saving tips when it comes to meal prep? Have you ever experienced the delicious flavor & convenience of Simply Beyond® Spray-on Herbs? Do you also keep Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes on hand for quick clean-ups?