These are trying times for the entire world. It feels as if everything has come to a standstill, the future is uncertain and there is no place to go. But, if you look at it from a different lens, it is a time to be grateful for the food in the pantry, the health of your loved ones and the gift of time that has been given to us. There is so much that one can do in terms of making lifestyle changes that will not only be of use now but will also be sustainable once we beat this virus.
With the household maids gone and the task of kitchen chores falling on the family members, here are a few kitchen hacks that are sure to be of great help!
- Meal Planning
The most important thing to do at a time when food and external help is limited, is to do meal planning. If your family is buying groceries every week, then sit down with everyone and make a meal plan for all the meals in the coming week. Once the meals have been decided, list down all the ingredients that you need for the meals. Remember, that it is advisable to be smart and use limited resources in different ways. Include vegetables and fruits that can be used in different ways for different meals. Include things that are zero fuss and easy to make. Once that is done, ration out how much is needed for the entire family and then buy only that. There are multiple benefits to doing this; it saves money, ensures zero waste of food, possibly feeds another family from the extra food that you did not buy.
- Long-lasting fruits
Pick up fruits that stay up to ten days in the refrigerator or on the shelf. Apples, oranges, pomegranate and pear are great for ten days on the shelf. Cut pineapple and watermelon are great for ten days in the refrigerator. Pro Tip: Citrus fruits like oranges aid in immunity boosting.
- Versatile veggies
Look for vegetables like potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, cauliflower, green beans and tomatoes that you can stock up in bulk and are ones that can be used in a variety of recipes. You can also convert vegetables to pickles and then use them to spice up dals in the weeks to come.
- One pot meals
The best thing to do is look for recipes that are one pot meals. These are easy to cook, taste delicious and do not stir up a mess in the kitchen, resulting in less utensils to wash! Some ideas for your one pot meal planning which you can eat – khichdi, thuli upma, masala chickpeas, bisi bele bhaat, vegetable pulav, coconut rice – these are just ideas. Bring out your creativity during these times and involve your family in the kitchen.
- For the fitness heads
For people who are conscious about their daily nutrient intake or people who workout, the best option at this point is to take your protein shakes as one meal so that you can get all the required nutrients. Be sure to keep your calorie intake steady. With all the free time on hand, it could be tempting to snack on unhealthy chips or chocolate. Refrain from doing so and try to meal-prep some protein rich snacks and stock up instead.
Finally, stay home, stay safe and stay positive! We will get through this together 😀