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17 Kitchen Cheat Sheets To Shorten Your Cooking Time

17 Kitchen Cheat Sheets To Shorten Your Cooking Time

1. For faster prep have a decent knife and know how to sharpen it

Nothing slows cooks down more than blunt knives that don’t cut well. They’re also unsafe. Learn to sharpen your knife by watching this youtube video and make sure it’s always ready for the task at hand. For advice on how to pick a knife, see Kitchen Knife Guru.

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    2. For faster cooking let someone else do the prep

    Chopping your own vegs for every dish is authentic, but it’s also slow. Why do all that work when you can buy it from the store pre-chopped? Most grocery stores carry a wide range of ready-to-use vegetables. Look at WholeFoods or Trader Joes or even order online. You will be surprised at the quality of the produce.

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        3. For a tasty kick keep frozen herbs in your freezer

        I love to have pre-packed herbs in my freezer. They can be popped into a stew, pasta sauce, or a soup. They’re not as flavorful as out-of-the-garden herbs, but they still taste great. Use about twice as much as you would with fresh herbs, and remember you can always make your own!

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          4. For faster pasta blanch and freeze

          Spaghetti cooks in 8 minutes, but the water takes time to boil. To save time pre-blanch your pasta for six minutes and then freeze on trays. When you’re ready to eat, reheat in the sauce and hey presto! According to stilltasty.com, frozen pasta has a 1-2 month use by date.

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            5. For quicker weeknight meals prepare and freeze on the weekend.

            If you have time on the weekend put it to good use by cooking large quantities of food and freezing individual or family sized portions. Pop them in the microwave and press go on a weeknight for a real meal. Try “24 Easy Freezer Recipes” from Southern Living or “17 best freezable recipes” from Cooking Light.

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              6. For easy salads use a jar.

              There is a growing movement for salads in a jar with dressing and components in layers. Just shake and serve. My favorite salad site is “30 Mason Jar Recipes: A Month Worth of “Salad in a Jar” from Zina at LassotheMoon.com.

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                7. For sophisticated satisfaction jazz up a grilled cheese

                There are so many options for the grilled cheese. Like pickles? Slide them in! The Food Network has 50 ideas that will lift good to great.

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                  8. For great canned soup add some extras

                  Canned soup isn’t always great. In fact, sometimes it’s plain awful. Buy the best quality soup you can and then layer in flavor with hot sauce and other foods packed with umami like parmesan cheese. The right ingredients turn plain jane soup into something of note. Don’t forget to add a jazzed grilled cheese!

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                    9. For great steaks, try thinner cuts

                    While thick cuts of steak like sirloins and filet need time to cook and rest, the thinner cuts cook in a snap and take a marinade very nicely. Martha Steward has an excellent recipe for so called “hangar steak” that I love, or look at this YouTube video where chef Jackson Lamb shows how to pan sear thin steaks.

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                      10. For a quick carb fix, microwave a russet potato

                      If you have a humble potato and a microwave then you’re in luck. An average size potato takes around 5 minutes to cook to a fluffy tender inside. The toppings are only limited by your imagination and your fridge. I like sour cream, cheese, broccoli slaw, and a little thousand island dressing.

                      In this post Bon Appetit shows us “12 creative ways to top a baked potato” that will make your mouth water.

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                        11. For a fruit explosion make a smoothy out of frozen fruit.

                        Smoothies are nourishing and easy to make. Take some of your favorite fruit and yoghurt and blend until it’s the way you like it. You can add spices like cinnamon, sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup and even a dollop of ice cream.

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                        If you are more interested in the health benefits of smoothies take a look at Prevention Magazine’s list of the  top 20 super smoothies.

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                          12. For a brilliant breakfast presoak your oatmeal and fruit

                          Instant oatmeal tastes like cardboard, but the real thing takes a long time to cook. Save yourself the work by pre-soaking your oatmeal over night and blitz it in the microwave the next morning. Self Magazine has a list of 18 delicious add-ins that are healthy and taste good.

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                            13. For radiant rice presoak and use the absorption method

                            White rice cooks quickly, but heathy brown rice can be slow. Pre-soak your brown rice over night with whey or an acid to get a more tender and digestible product. Tip Hero suggests these 33 cheap ways to spice up the results.

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                              14. For a captivating chicken dinner try these rotisserie tips

                              The humble rotisserie chicken can make so many great meals. Try Christine Skopec’s site for great recipes like “Speedy Enchiladas”, and “Herbed Chicken salad sandwiches”.

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                                15. For a quick chocolate fix use your microwave

                                When my wife showed me this neat trick for how to make a brownie in a mug I was stunned. Lana shows all the details in this YouTube video. If you add ice cream or powdered sugar it’s truly spectacular.

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                                  16. For a quick desert try old-school ice cream sundaes

                                  Ice-cream sundaes have been around for many years, but Delish has kicked it up a few notches with their “7 spectacular ice-cream Sundaes” that may melt your mind.

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                                    17. For a late night snack try an omelet

                                    Omelets were known to the Romans and Greeks two thousand years ago, yet they remain a staple for the late night snack. Eating Well published 50 Inspiring Omelet fillings to get you started.

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                                      Last Updated on November 18, 2020

                                      50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                      50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                      If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                                      That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                                      Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                                      1. Believe It to See It

                                      Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                                      2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                                      While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                                      3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                                      Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                                      4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                                      Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                                      5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                                      There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                                      6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                                      It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                                      7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                                      Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                                      8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                                      Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                                      9. Maximize Your Strengths

                                      Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                                      10. Be in It to Win It

                                      Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                                      11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                                      People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                                      12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                                      Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                                      13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                                      You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                                      14. Be a One-Off Original

                                      Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                                      15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                                      Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                                      16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                                      Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                                      17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                                      Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                                      18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                                      We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                                      19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                                      Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                                      20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                                      Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                                      21. Make Your Own Luck

                                      In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                                      22. Ignite Your Initiative

                                      While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                                      23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                                      Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                                      24. Champion in Communication

                                      Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                                      25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                                      Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                                      26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                                      To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                                      27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                                      While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                                      28. Live by Core Values

                                      Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                                      29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                                      Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                                      30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                                      Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                                      31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                                      Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                                      32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                                      Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                                      33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                                      Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                                      34. Change Opens New Doors

                                      People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                                      35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                                      It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                                      36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                                      Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                                      37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                                      When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                                      38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                                      How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                                      39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                                      If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                                      40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                                      Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                                      41. Swim Against the Tide

                                      Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                                      42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                                      More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                                      43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                                      Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                                      44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                                      While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                                      45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                                      Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                      46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                                      Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                                      47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                                      While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                                      48. Follow Through

                                      Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                                      49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                                      We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                                      50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                                      To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                                      So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                                      Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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