When you’re a busy mom (aren’t we all?), it’s incredibly important to be able to create fast meals. Over time, I’ve become the Master of Quick Meals because I am all about getting food on the table fast. My secret is to have the right kitchen tools for quick meals.
I used to enjoy lingering in the kitchen, creating multiple dishes with long lists of ingredients, but no more.
Now, I want in and out, FAST.
I’ve got too much to do. It’s still really important for me to make a home-cooked, frugal meal. But, now, I want it fast, too.
After making about a gazillion meals over the years, I’ve figured out so many little tricks to make this happen.
And, lucky you … I’m going to help get you set up for the same.
Set yourself up with these kitchen tools for quick meals and you’ll be making fast, delicious meals at home in no time.
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The Right Kitchen Tools for Quick Meals
It really is worth all Brew Ha Ha – It is now my #1 Kitchen Appliance. I use it all the time. It is the one thing that allows me to make last-minute meals. Check out 5 Instant Pot Tips To Save You Time for some great tricks.
Silicone Steamer Basket
This fits right Inside my Instant Pot and is cool enough for me to pull out when the food is hot.
I use these almost every single day for things like tossing salad, grabbing pickles from jars, taking meats out of the Instant Pot, holding hot food as I slice it, serving food at the table. They’re like an extra hand.
Also something we use every day for opening packages and cutting food.
It’s not just for pizza. We use it for french toast, quesadillas, pancakes, grilled cheese, etc.
I had one of the big ones like this, and I like this one much better. It works better, and …BONUS, it fits in my drawer.
I don’t actually have this, but I want one because I just hate cutting off all that fuzz.
I use these for everything. Scrambled eggs and omelets are the best use!
I just can’t cook without one of these. Because, ya know, I cook with wine … and sometimes I put it in my food. 🙂 I’ve used a lot of different kinds and these are my favorite. I can lay my white wine on it’s side in the fridge and I don’t get any drips.
This really is the coolest strainer. Seriously, it works, folks! Really well. No need to pull out the big one, just clip this on the side of my pot. It is strong enough for my Le Creuset pot and boiled potatoes.
Without good knives, everything takes longer. You don’t need to buy a whole set, but you do need
- 1 Chef Knife
- 1 Medium Utility Knife
- 1-2 Paring Knives
Again, you don’t need a whole big set of pans, because hopefully, you’re not cooking 10 things at once, but you do need a couple different pans.
Don’t get a flimsy, thin, aluminum one. You want a nice, sturdy one, so it can be used for more dishes than just pasta.
These are the main things you’ll need if you want to make quick meals at home. Obviously, this is not everything you’ll need in your kitchen, but it’s a great start.
Read here to see How to Make Quick Meals on Crazy Days.
You’ll be amazed how having the right kitchen tools for quick meals will give you the hand-up you need to feed your family great, healthy meals even when you’re on a time crunch.