- Bake rice in the oven - it takes exactly one hour and you barely have to do anything.
- Roast some garlic in the rice while it is baking - and then the garlic can be used in lots of other recipes.
- Make fried rice out of leftover rice - such an easy, fast weeknight dinner.
- Couscous is the ultimate "fast food" - 10 minutes. That's all it takes.
- Stir fries. That is all.
- Freeze chopped up fruit for smoothies - when you chop/slice before freezing it blends much better.
- Freeze black bananas for baking - this is key so you can make banana bread and muffins on demand.
- Freeze cookie dough in logs to slice and bake whenever you have company/want a cookie.
- Freeze individual servings of rice.
- Keep individual servings of salmon and chicken in the freezer (I'm all about the weeknight protein + grain + veggie meal).
- Freeze parmesan cheese rinds and toss in soup later to thicken/flavor the broth.
- Keep salt in a little pot next to the stove so you can throw in a pinch here and there when cooking. One of the keys to good cooking is proper seasoning.
- Wash lettuce leaves and put in a salad spinner - then just store all the washed lettuce in the salad spinner in the refrigerator. It stays fresh and crisp longer.
- Salad dressing is an easy formula: salt + sugar + acid + oil + spice/flavor. Just shake it up in a jar, and then never buy prepared salad dressing ever again.
- Infuse water overnight with: cucumber, basil, ginger, mint, lemons, limes... anything you can think of. So much more interesting than regular water! Keep it in a pitcher in your fridge to enjoy any time.
- When in doubt, add freshly ground pepper. To everything.
- Buttermilk - it adds a great tang to soups, sauces, salad dressings, even baked goods.
- Sriracha - sweet and spicy.
- Real butter - it makes a difference.
- Just generally, homemade everything... it makes such a difference when something is freshly made, with good ingredients, and of course a pinch of love.