If you’re like most people, the dreaded cleanup after fixing a meal for your family can be enough to make you never want to cook again. Luckily, there are a number of tasty recipes and helpful tips that will help make the cooking AND cleanup a breeze!
A simple way to avoid excess cleanup is to use the same dish to cook with that you plan to serve with. Single pan recipes like are great because you cook everything together in one dish and can serve off it as well. Not only does it make serving and cleanup easier, but cooking everything together adds a ton of flavor to your dish. A win-win if you ask us!
Serve and Store in One Dish
Save even more time and dishes by serving and storing your meal in the same dish. Quick, easy and little to no cleanup, casseroles are a perfect choice for lessening the amount of dishes needed to serve a meal. Once the meal is over, you can put a lid on your dish and store it in the fridge for easy leftovers and very minimal cleanup!
Multitask with Slow Cooker Recipes
Limit your time in the kitchen, by multitasking when you are in the kitchen as much as possible. If you are cooking a hands-off recipe like our slow cooker recipes, you can use the extra time while you are waiting for it to cook to clean your dishes and your countertops. By doing this, you are saving yourself a ton of time for after the meal is complete.
One Bowl, No Bake Recipes
One simple way to eliminate extra cleanup is to use the same bowl to mix all of the ingredients for your meal. These recipes require no cooking and are some of the quickest and easiest recipes that make for virtually no cleanup.
There are also little things that you and your family can be mindful of throughout the day that will save you a lot of time in the kitchen. Have your family members commit to only using one glass per day. You can even add name tags to the cups to make sure they are not getting mixed up throughout the day. Additionally, rinsing and reusing dishes when it is sanitary to do so while cooking will save on dishes afterwards. For example, if you are going to be using a knife to cut up multiple ingredients, first start by cutting up your produce and saving your raw meat for last. Then all it takes is a quick rinse of your knife and cutting board if necessary and you are ready to cut your raw meat. And finally, if you find yourself using too many dishes, it may be time to do a cupboard cleanout to get rid of some! The less you have, the less you will use!
Use these helpful hints and whip up these quick and easy-cleanup recipes this summer to spend less time in the kitchen and more time doing the things you love with those you love. You’ll be glad you did!