15 Minutes Or Less In The Kitchen

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Some days, I’m fortunate enough to find a big chunk or two of time in my day when I can steal away to the kitchen. I get dinner done, maybe bake some fresh goodies, and if there’s extra time, I do prep work for future days. But then there are other days where I just have a few minutes here or there. While it’s not as easy to get a lot done on a schedule like that, it really is surprising how much can be done in small chunks of time.

Personally, I sometimes find those small chunks of time more productive than larger ones. I know I only have so much time, so I stay on task without getting distracted. I view it as dedicated work time and tackle my projects that way. Plus, 10 or 15 minutes really is a lot of time. Set a timer and get to work, then see if you don’t agree with me.

Here is just a quick, off the top of my head list of things that I’ve done over the past few weeks in those small, 10-15 minute chunks of time.

  1. Brown and drain a pound of ground beef.
  2. Dice a pound of onions.
  3. Mince a whole head of garlic.
  4. Peel and cube 3 lbs. of potatoes.
  5. Make hard-boiled eggs.
  6. Assemble a lasagna.
  7. Mix up a batch of cookie dough.
  8. Roll out and cut a dozen homemade biscuits.
  9. Mix together the dough for homemade egg noodles.
  10. Peel and slice 6 apples.
  11. Make hummus.
  12. Make 2 dozen pancakes.
  13. Shred 1 lb. of cheese.
  14. Pound and season a pound of chicken.
  15. Dice the veggies for 2 cups of trinity (celery, onions, green pepper).
  16. Shuck and boil a half dozen ears of corn.
  17. Mix together a homemade bread dough and set to rise.
  18. Boil a pound of pasta.
  19. Make rice or couscous.
  20. Make homemade berry syrup.
  21. Roll out a dozen homemade tortillas.
  22. Make a pot of oatmeal.
  23. Fill and roll enchiladas or burritos.
  24. Trim and steam a pound of green beans.
  25. Make a roux-based sauce (ie. cheese sauce, gravy, cream of substitute, etc.)

What do you work on if you have just a few minutes in the kitchen?

3 thoughts on “15 Minutes Or Less In The Kitchen

  1. I always try to do prep work if I only have 15 minutes – usually it’s marinate meat and make a dressing. Then all I have to do is throw dressing over greens, and put the meat on the grill and dinner is served!

  2. I have a family with 5 children, 10, 7, 5, 3 and 4 months. My mother lives with us, but eats very little. Just curious, do you find that your recipes in general will feed that many people, or should I increase them slightly. Do you typically have leftovers? I love your blog. Very informative and helpful. I’m glad I found it!

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