1- Make lots of recipes at once, so you're in the kitchen just one day per every four or five days, or for the entire week. Then, freeze some of it and put the rest in the fridge. Each meal should last up to three days without freezing.
2- Make enough dinner for lunch the next day. Leftovers are great for lunch, especially if there is a microwave at your workplace. Take advantage of it!
3- Don't be afraid to go simple. Peanut butter and jelly or banana sandwiches, once in a while, are good! Or use hummus and alfalfa sprouts, or slices of tofu with lettuce and tomatoes.
4- Get a slow cooker. Awesome, healthy, delicious, and what a time saver!
5- Gather some friends together and make a day out of it. Multi-tasking is what makes cooking a little difficult, and if you want to shave some time, assign one task to each person. Don't forget to pop open a bottle of wine with that!
6- Plan your meals. Make a meal plan for the week. Go once to the grocery store for the entire week, instead of two or three times per week.
7- Pre-chop your fruits and veggies. Once you're back from the grocery store, chop them all in snack-size portions. It will be so much better to cook afterwards.
8- When you're baking, bake several items at once. When the oven is on, save time and energy by using it once to bake everything. Then freeze them.
9- If you already know how to cook non-vegan meals and you're used to them, use replacements. Go for the vegan ground beef, the veggie hot dogs, and the egg replacement. Tofu can be used in quite a lot of dishes, too.
10- Cook with nuts. They are delicious in sauces, soups and stir-fries, not just desserts!
11- If you can afford it, buy the ready-chopped and ready-made salads at the store. You'll save loads of time. Or, opening a jar of spaghetti sauce instead of making your own is nothing to be ashamed of. You can also personalize it by adding a few veggies and spices.
12- Use vermicelli noodles. They only take five minutes to cook, and they are great with any type of sauce you can think of, or in soup.
13- For those of us who love to cook with dried beans, peas and so on, cook a large batch at a time. Then, you can get creative with them and use them in sauces, stir-fries, as snacks with soy sauce and lemon juice, or baked with veggies and soy milk.
14- Grate your veggies and potatoes. Then, fry them in a pan with both vegetable oil and vegan margarine, and some spices. This is delicious and nutritious!
15- Use veggies that don't take long to cook and have lots of flavour, such as tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms and celery.
16- Make soup. It doesn't need to be watched like other meals, and it is possible to make large varieties in large quantities. Your imagination is the limit!
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