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Cooking does not have to take a long time.  There are a lot of steps you can take to save you time.  Here are just a few:

-Cook Extra:  If you are making a casserole, make 2 and freeze the second for later. If you are making baked chicken breast, cook extra and use the leftovers for tacos or salad. This method is also good for lunches and snacks.  Leftovers make great lunches.  And portion our snacks for the whole week so you can grab and go in the morning. 
-Prep work:  While you wait for tonight’s dinner to cook, pre-cut veggies for tomorrow night.  Or prepare a marinade for your meat.  Or, do either of these things in the morning.  That way, when you get home from work in the evening, you are that much closer to getting dinner on the table.
Crock Pot/Slow Cooker Meals:  I love crock pot meals.  Most of the recipes I have tried take no time to put together before I go to work and then dinner is ready when I get home in the evening. 
-Defrost early:  Pull your meat out of the freezer early to defrost.  This way you don’t have to wait for it to defrost in the evening when you are hungry and ready to eat.
-Have a plan: One of the biggest wastes of time for me, is just sitting around wondering what I am having for dinner and then running to the store to get that one ingredient I need for a meal.  If I make a menu and shop accordingly, I save myself time later. 
-Organize your kitchen: Know what you have in your kitchen and know where it is.  Don’t waste time searching for ingredients.
-Have go-to meals:  Some days don’t go as planned.  In that case, have a back-up plan for a really quick meal.  And go easy on yourself.  If I have had a really long day, I don’t beat myself up for eating out or heating up a frozen meal.  I just make sure it isn’t a habit. 

What are your kitchen shortcuts and timesavers?