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Ideas that help make dinners in 30 minutes

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A fuss-free meal with pasta can include fresh meat, vegetables and carbohydrates all in one dish, and is easily completed with a side of bread or salad.Large capacity ovens with multiple racks like this E:line built-in oven allow you to cook different parts of your meal simultaneously.The Maxiflame hob is designed to provide powerful and focused heat on your stir fries and soups, making cooking a quicker process.

Between family, work and household chores, one might wonder where we’re supposed to find the time to cook full meals from scratch.

With a combination of planning, preparation and the right tools, however, a healthy, fresh meal can be made in less than 30 minutes. There are no shortage of cookbooks and websites touting easy, quick and nutritious recipes. Here are some tips that’ll help keep the cooking time under 30 minutes.

Plan your meals

The key to keeping cooking times under 30 minutes is to plan both the meal and its preparation properly. Pick meals that can be realistically prepared in 30 minutes. One-dish meals like pasta and a stir fry do well in combining meat, vegetables and carbohydrates into one easily-made main course. And all you’ll need to complete the meal is a simple side dish like rice, bread or a salad.

Pasta meals

A fuss-free meal with pasta can include fresh meat, vegetables and carbohydrates all in one dish, and is easily completed with a side of bread or salad.
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The meal should preferably contain ingredients that cook quickly. Smaller, thinner cuts of meat and vegetables will cook faster than thicker cuts.

Once you’ve decided on the dish, read through the recipes beforehand to understand all the steps and make sure you have all the ingredients defrosted and ready to go.

Set up a good workspace

A well-designed and organised kitchen will help reduce time spent looking for various utensils and cooking implements. If you are used to storing your ladle in four different places, there’s a high chance that you’re going to spend four times as long looking for it when you need it. That’s time that could be spent cooking the dish.

Do situate your workspace at a good location between your fridge, sink and cook top to cut down on unnecessary movement, as you’ll likely be moving between all three in the process of cooking.

Multitask

If your appliances are located in such a way that you can keep an eye on several things at once, do take advantage of them to prepare multiple dishes simultaneously. For example, the cooktop on a freestanding cooker like the Electrolux EKM9659X can be used to boil vegetables for the sides while its oven can be used to grill or roast meat.

Large capacity ovens like the Electrolux E:line built-in range also allow you to cook several dishes at once. With its three levels of racks, these ovens are capable of roasting a large chicken or duck while cooking its accompanying side dishes.

eline oven

Large capacity ovens with multiple racks like this E:line built-in oven allow you to cook different parts of your meal simultaneously.

Manage your heat

Cooking hobs like the new Electrolux Maxiflame hobs are designed to keep up and direct the heat towards the centre in wok cooking, ensuring a strong, steady flame.

maxiflame hob

The Maxiflame hob is designed to provide powerful and focused heat on your stir fries and soups, making cooking a quicker process.

Everything from soups, pastas and stir fries require you to keep the heat up. Waiting for water to boil or pans to heat up can be a time sink.  So if possible, do keep a lid on your pots. By boiling without a lid, heat is allowed to escape from the liquid’s surface, slowing down the cooking process and wasting energy.

At the end of the day, just remember that cooking should be an enjoyable process, so put the stopwatch aside and concentrate instead on having a bit of fun and making a great meal for you and your family.

For recipe ideas for meals that can be made under 30 minutes, check out these websites.

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