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Do you find you are too busy to cook and that you need some fast and easy dinner ideas? I hear you, especially at this time of year with kids going back to school (however that looks for you right now).
I find that most people could use some fast and easy dinner ideas for those super busy days. You may not be in the back to school crazy, but we all get busy at different times and having some ideas on how to combat those times that don’t include delivery or drive through.
5 Tips if You Are Too Busy to Cook
There are many different dinner dilemmas, being too busy is just one of them. I wanted to start with this one since I find so many people who feel rushed at dinner time.
#1 – What’s for Dinner?
Did you know that only about 25% people meal plan and know what’s for dinner at 4pm? I find that to be crazy. Don’t get me wrong, I have totally been there. What shocks me most is that so many people don’t meal plan, even on a small scale.
Meal Planning has been the single most important tool I have found to help when I feel I am too busy to cook. Whether I plan and meal prep ahead of time so all I have to do is reheat a meal, or I plan for a quick easy meal for busy nights, either way, my most important weapon in combating those evenings that I feel too busy to cook is to meal plan.
If you are new to meal planning, check out 10 Easy Make Meal Planing Tips to Make Your Life Easier. It can be overwhelming at first so start by making small changes.
#2 – Meal Solutions
Epicure has a lot of different Meal Solutions so no matter what flavors you enjoy, Epicure has something for you.
You might be wondering what Epicure’s Meal Solutions have to do with being too busy to cook dinner, well the majority of Epicure’s Meal Solutions can be made in 20 minutes or less! Yes, you read that right!! You can go from Raw to Ready in 20! Now if that doesn’t save you time, I’m not sure what will, lol.
#3 – Multipurpose Steamer
You read earlier how Epicure can help you go from Raw to Ready in 20. So how does that work?
Epicure’s Multipurpose Steamer holds all the magic! Its unique design allows you to “roast” a whole chicken, make crispy bacon, whip up one-dish dinners, and so much more! You can use the Multipurpose Steamer to cook, serve, and store in one for easy cleaning. (Who doesn’t love minimal clean up on those busy nights?)
It’s also bigger than it looks! It can hold 3.5 L (14.5 C) for 4-6 servings depending on what you are making. It also includes one Multipurpose Tray.
#4 – Raw to Ready in 20 Cookbook
We have been talking a lot about quick and easy meals when we feel too busy to cook. We mentioned the Multipurpose Steamer as one of the tools to make dinner time easier. Another tool I use almost daily, is Epicure’s Raw to Ready in 20 Cookbook.
The Raw to Ready in 20 Cookbook was designed with the Multipurpose Steamer in mind. That means that there are tons of one-pot meal recipes ready to make dinner time a super easy on those crazy busy evenings.
What I love about the Raw to Ready in 20 Cookbook is that not only does it come with a lot of great recipes, it also comes with what I call a “template”. Want past, but aren’t feeling inspired by the options, that’s OK – use their template as a guide and get creative with your seasonings, proteins, and veggies!
There are breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. There are also a few desserts and an amazing guide in the back that’s great for when you need the Multipurpose Steamer to help out with meal prep – times/quantities to make your favorite grains, sides, veggies, etc.
#5 – Epicure Meal Plans
I know I discussed meal planning earlier; however, if meal planning is still not your cup of tea, don’t worry, Epicure has meal plans that also include grocery lists, saving you even more time!!
Currently, Epicure has a 3 Weeks of Easy Dinners Collection that is perfect for those who want to start meal planning but are overwhelmed. You can easily stretch the 3-Week Collection to a whole 30 days by adding in your family favorites.
Think how amazing it would be to have a whole month’s worth of dinners planned out! Not only will that save you tons of time when you feel you are too busy to cook, but it will also save you money!!
5 Tips if You Are Too Busy to Cook – Wrap Up
What tips do you have when you are too busy to cook?