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Cook Healthy Meals Under 15 Minutes With These 10 Smart Products

Cook Healthy Meals Under 15 Minutes With These 10 Smart Products
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We all appreciate a delicious home cooked meal at the end of a busy day. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find the time and energy to make dinner when you get in from work. You’re probably all too familiar with the sinking feeling you get when trying to find something quick and delicious to eat in your fridge. Cooking dinner takes too long, and you’re too exhausted by the time it’s ready to actually enjoy it anyway. A takeaway might seem like the perfect solution, but they are both expensive and unhealthy. The average takeaway meal is high in calories, fat, and salt, which will only make you feel worse in the long run!

That’s the bad news. But the good news is that cooking doesn’t necessarily have to take up a lot of your time. With the right equipment, it’s easy to put together a meal that requires very little planning and energy. Here at Lifehack, we’re proud to present 10 kitchen gadgets that will help revolutionize weekday dinnertime!

1. Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

    This clever cooker cuts down your cooking time by up to 70%. Not only that, but it’s actually 7 kitchen products contained within just one unit! Whether you use the slow cooker, steamer, or any other of its 5 functions, the inner steel cooking pot will save you a lot of time.

    Customer Review: “Awesome features, Very well built appliance and consistently improving for every new model. Perfect for almost every cooking need.” – Phoebe, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer

    2. Kuhn Rikon Swiss Pull Chop

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      This clever gadget makes chopping food easy. All you have to do is place the food inside the sturdy container, pull the cord a few times, and you’re done! You’ll save time on chopping and slicing.

      Customer Review: “This product is a must for your kitchen if you enjoy cooking from scratch. It easily chops all crisp veggies and nuts into fine chops.” – Donna H Holmes

      3. Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

        This device saves you the hassle of boiling water and watching over your eggs as they cook. Use it to make boiled, scrambled, and poached eggs, along with individual omelettes.

        Customer Review: “I must say, I have become very fond of this little unassuming appliance. I like the way it saves me from having dishes or pans to wash that have cooked egg white stuck to them.” – CACGH

        4. NuWave 20631 Oven Pro Plus

          This portable infrared oven cuts down your cooking time by up to 70%, with up to 75% less energy compared to a standard oven. It cooks meat, fish, vegetables, and even desserts to perfection.

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          Customer Review: “It really is and does what it says in the ads. It’s remarkably flexible, fast, easy to clean and generally a pleasure to use.” – Doctor Sardonicus

          5. Chefaith 16-Blade Apple Slicer

            If you need to slice an apple in a hurry, don’t reach for a knife – use this apple slicer instead. Simply place the slicer on top of a medium-sized fruit, and press down. The fruit will be cored and sliced within seconds!

            Customer Review: “Used this today for the first time, and I’m wondering how I ever lived without it! I used it on both large and medium Granny Smith apples from my tree.” – Sarah F. Carr

            6. Philips Airfryer

              The Airfryer’s patented “starfish” design allows a quick and result. It allows you to cook with up to 75% less fat! Just one tablespoon of oil is all you need! It also allows you to grill, bake, steam or roast food.

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              Customer Review: “Love this airfryer!! I throw all sorts of frozen goodies in here and they all come out so crispy and delicious in just a few minutes! Quiet, easy to clean, and super convenient. Machine itself is a beautiful shiny white that fits perfectly with my kitchen :)” – Mina Kim

              7. Cuisinart MSC-600 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker

                This versatile cooker lets you throw in your ingredients the night or morning before, and then heats them up for you during the day to create a delicious meal. You can look forward to an instant dinner after a long day at work!

                Customer Review: “My wife and I like to make up enough of something to eat on for about 3 days on the weekends so we can eat better in the middle of the week. Wow everything i have cooked in this has came out like my grand mother had made it, sooo tasty :)” – Canable

                8. Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Bluetooth

                  This kitchen gadget makes cooking sous vide easy. You will no longer have to spend time making sure the water is exactly the right temperature. Just attach it to the side of a pot, add water and ingredients, and get cooking.

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                  Customer Review: “Cooking with the Anova Sous Vide has made kitchen time much less hectic. Similar to a slow cooker, I’m able to put food items that are vacuum sealed (or water displaced) into the water bath and leave it until I’m ready to serve the item.” – KttyKat16

                  9. 45 Second Omelet Maker

                    As the name implies, this clever product enables you to cook an individual omelet within 45 seconds. Handmade in stoneware clay, it also looks stylish in the kitchen.

                    Customer Review: “I bought 2 because of the comments and I’m glad I did. One for me and one for my husband. We both use them at work for quick eggs without hassle that taste great. I’d highly recommend!” – SCGINVA

                    10. Microwave Pasta Cooker

                      This cooker means that you no longer have to wait around as the water for your pasta heats up. Instead, you’ll be able to cook it in the microwave in minutes, thus saving time and mess.

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                      Customer Review: “I highly recommend this to any college student or adult who needs a fast microwave pasta cooker!” – Kelsi Murphy

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                      Last Updated on June 1, 2021

                      10 Effective Ways To Make You a Fast Learner

                      10 Effective Ways To Make You a Fast Learner
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                      The importance of learning cannot be underestimated. Learning empowers us to fulfill our ideas and realize our full potential. The speed of gaining new knowledge is practically as important as its volume. Who wouldn’t love to remember tons of information as quickly as possible?

                      If you want to start learning faster, you need a new approach towards the process which would enable you to comprehend the essence of the matter and relate it with new concepts you encounter.

                      The following 10 tips will help you become a fast learner:

                      1. Analyze Your Learning Style

                      Before you can start experimenting with different studying methods, you need to understand what type of learner you are:

                      Is your memory associated to sound?

                      Maybe you can remember what you were reading when a particular song was playing? If this is your case, then you fall into the category of auditory learners.

                      If you want to start studying more efficiently, then it would be wise to record the lectures and listen to them instead of reading textbooks.

                      Do you relate information to visual content?

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                      If you are a visual learner, you should implement images, graphs, charts, infographics, colorful lists, flashcards, and other types of visual content when you study.

                      Are you a physical learner?

                      If your learning style is not auditory or visual, then you might be a physical learner. Some students have too much energy; they tap their feet or play with a pen during lectures.

                      A walk before a lecture will calm your nerves down. You can try studying or listening to audio lectures during a walk. That will help you remember the information more quickly.

                      2. Use the Right EdTech Tools

                      Technology has the power of making everything easier. There are plenty of websites, online tools, and smartphone/tablet apps that will boost your skills of planning, writing, time management and brainstorming, etc.

                      One way of improving your productivity is using flashcards. You can make your own cards, but you can also download pre-made kits online:

                      • StudyBlue is one of the best online destinations when it comes to creating and discovering flashcards from all areas of study.
                      • If you are looking for a tool that makes the process of brainstorming more effective, then you should try PapersGear.
                      • You also need the SelfControl app, which will eliminate all distractions when you need to stay focused.
                      • Quizlet is another website you should bookmark; it offers study tools that will transform the learning process into a fun activity.
                      • Notella is an app that will help you take quick notes at any time.
                      • Brainscape is an educational platform that makes complex subjects easy by relying on cognitive science.
                      • You can also try Dragon Dictation, especially if you are an audio learner.

                      3. Train Your Brain to Accept New Information

                      Efficient studying is a habit. Your brain needs constant training if you want to improve your focus and complete complex tasks without taking breaks.

                      One way to achieve this goal is to create a private learning space in your home. You’ll also need a specific time of day that you’ll devote to studying. That will make your brain ready to accept the information it gets, so you’ll notice you’re starting to learn much faster by the day.

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                      4. Get Some Exercise

                      You are aware of the fact that physical activity is good for your body, but your brain needs it too!

                      Light exercise, such as yoga, can help you learn much faster. If you are inactive throughout the day, your body will want to move, so it will be difficult for you to stay focused.

                      If, on the other hand, you canalize your energy through light training sessions, you will be ready to study productively.

                      5. Work on the Ambiance

                      If you have a noisy neighborhood or a working environment full of distractions, you won’t be able to learn or study no matter how hard you try.

                      If you want to learn quickly, you need a quiet, distraction-free environment that won’t disturb the mind in any way. Such a peaceful place will set you in learning mode as soon as you find yourself in it.

                      6. Take a Lot of Notes

                      Only few people are capable of remembering information as they read it. If you don’t belong to this category of privileged learners, then you absolutely need to start taking notes.

                      This simple learning method will force you to think about the essence of the material. It will also give you a nice framework that will help you review the things you’ve learned.

                      Write down only the most important information. That will help you remember all the other things you’ve learned.

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                      Here’re some tips to take notes effectively: Why Successful People Take Notes And How to Make It Your Habit

                      7. Make Mind Maps

                      Mind maps are among the best tools to speed up the learning process. Your mind will process information effectively if you create a visual representation of the things you’re about to learn.

                      You can create a nice mind map in the old-school way: take a large sheet of paper and organize all facts and explanations. Use pictures, note-cards, and other symbols you can think of. Group similar items together and connect them with colorful pens.

                      Some tips mind-mapping here: How to Mind Map: Visualize Your Cluttered Thoughts in 3 Simple Steps

                      Of course, you can also use an online mind mapping tool if you want to save yourself some time.

                      8. Experiment with Memorization Methods

                      Memorizing is often misused in the process of studying. Some people memorize whole sentences, paragraphs and lectures without grasping their essence.

                      However, memorization can be useful when you need to learn definitions and classifications really quickly. Don’t avoid this technique if you want to fill your brain with information without wasting any time.

                      Try this if you want to memorize more and faster: How to Memorize More and Faster Than Other People

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                      9. Find the Right Context

                      Memorization works solely in times of urgency. If you want to learn in the most effective manner, then you need to have context for information.

                      Find an aspect that’s interesting for you; try to research for related information, and you’ll discover the joy of learning.

                      The first step? Jot down as much information and as many ideas as possible: How Simply Jotting Down Ideas Can Make You Smarter

                      With time, this practice will make you a faster learner.

                      10. Study Every Day

                      It will take some time before you get used to a daily studying routine, but your mind will eventually grasp the habit.

                      The more frequently you study, the less time it will take for you to remember the things you read.

                      If you start studying as soon as possible after you have learned some new concepts, it won’t take long at all for you to get ready for an exam. Now that sounds really good, doesn’t it?

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