Mom’s are often considered Wonder Woman miracle makers in the kitchen but there are times when we just run out of ideas! Laziness creeps in and ordering out just seems so much easier. Well sometimes, ordering out just isn’t in the budget, we’ve all been there. Thank goodness for kitchen food hacks. They’re seriously a little gift for all mothers’ out there who just need a little creative meal boost. These 11 food hacks are your ultimate shortcut to a tasty, easy prep, satisfying meal that’ll please the whole family.
Make Hawaiian Bread Grilled sliders!
Grab a pack of dinner rolls that are attached to one another, trust us. I would go for the Hawaiian Bread brand because they’re a bit sweet and they make grilled cheese sliders taste like heaven. Start by cutting the rolls in half all at once, what a time saver! Open up the top half of the dinner rolls and fill it up with your favorite toppings, cheese, fibromyalgia herbs, and so on. Grease up a pan and turn the heat on. Place the seasoned dinner rolls as group onto the pan and flip them when its required. Once they’re fully cooked, you’ll have no problems ripping them apart to serve up some delicious Hawaiian Bread sliders!
Use mason jars for mobile salads:
Let’s get real now, eating healthy for some people (myself included) is difficult! I thought that if I prepared a salad the night before, I would be more inclined to eat it the next day for lunch. Wrong, the result of making a salad the night before is a nightmare because the salad turns out soggy and no one wants to eat soggy food. Not even my dog does, and he loves everything. However, this was the dilemma until I found a neat little trick, the mason jar. Oh yes, I am serious. Here’s what you do, first you pour in your favorite dressing. Then you add the ” heavy” vegetables and toppings. After this you can switch over to “lighter” items like seeds, tomatoes, walnuts. After this is when you add your greens, like spinach or kale. All that’s left is to seal the mason jar and pop it in the fridge before you need it the following morning. And yes, you will have a crisp, tasty, unique salad to chow down on the next morning. Nothing beats healthy and easy breakfast ideas quite like this one.
Bagged tacos will change your life:
I have always wondered how in the world can it take me 6 hours to cook a meal, 6 minutes to eat the meal, and 6 bazillion years to clean up the entire mess left behind. Boy, was I happy when I came across these bagged tacos. First of all, it’s tacos. Second, no more dirty dishes! Gather up all of the separate ingredients for your individual tacos, like cheese, salsa, mashed avocados, beef or chicken, seasoning, and so on, and then skip the taco shell. What you should do instead is buy snack sized bags of Fritos so that way, you can add all of your taco ingredients into the bag. After all that’s said and done, just grab a fork and stir everything together. No fuss and no mess.
Pancake pops for the kids:
We’ve all had troubles coming up with fun breakfast ideas for kids of all ages. Maybe you just need something new to try, something a little different to spice up the bland morning kitchen routine. Just give these easy breakfast ideas a try, all you need are some toothpicks for handles and pancake batter. Easy peasy. Dollop a small, quarter sized pancake batter chunk on your frying pan and then lay the toothpick into the batter. Once one side of the pancake pop is fully cooked – you should be able to flip it over using your toothpick. Just whip up a couple dozen for the whole family in the morning. They’ll love how unique it is and you’ll love how easy it was to make. You can even add some fruit or cinnamon frosting to each pancake platter to really mix it up.
Keep your ice cream soft with Ziploc bags:
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Unless of course, almost all of our spoons are bent beyond all recognition because the ice cream is so darn frozen and hard – then we’re merely screaming out of annoyance. However, here’s a life changing food hack for your ice cream…put your ice cream in a seal-able Ziploc bag before you freeze it so you can avoid it getting rock solid in the first place. This will keep your ice cream as soft as the first time you ever opened that lid. Genius! This makes my mornings so much easier because now when I make my breakfast shakes the ice cream will actually be soft thus, I avoid getting infuriated in the process.
Pre-cut meat before freezing it:
If you’re anything like me then you started freezing meat a long time ago because if you didn’t, you threw it out as it got spoiled and fast. But then you encountered a different problem, if you didn’t pull out the frozen container before you left the house in the morning, it took ages for the meat to fully thaw out. So check out this nifty food hack, cut up your fresh meat before you freeze it. Just cut your beef as you normally would, into serving sized squares, so that way, you can easily pull out the frozen meat without hesitation. By pre-cutting your chicken or ground beef, the thaw times is cut down a bunch. This little food hack has changed my food prep time dramatically!
Make great bacon without the mess:
Mmm, bacon. How I love you but how I hate cooking you. Every time I cook bacon, I manage to have horrendous grease splatter marks on my arms and frankly, I’m tired of wearing long sleeves and oven mitts just to enjoy the deliciousness of crispy bacon. Okay, rant over because there is a solution, folks. All you need is an oven. Preheat your oven to a moderately high temperature, bring out some aluminum foil and place it on a baking pan. But make sure that the foil is crinkled with high ridges as this will in turn become your grease trap. All that’s left is to line up the bacon in rows and to cook ’em up without the crazy amount of grease getting everywhere. If only I knew about this years ago.
Use cookie cutters for breakfast:
Who doesn’t like breakfast that’s shaped like Mickey Mouse or hearts or stars, or whatever cool design cookie cutters comes in. All you need for this is a variety of cookie cutters, put them onto your pan when you’re making your meal of pancakes or eggs. Pour the mix into the cookie cutter and carry on as your normally would. It’s easy to make and it’ll really impress your family and friends.
Make America grate again:
Nope, not a typo, you absolutely read that right. If you’ve ever had to grate a large mountain of cheese all in one sitting, then you’re well aware of how tiring and exhausting that really is. So here’s a great food hack to avoid getting sore arms, spray your grater down a little cooking spray. Simple as that.
Save your asparagus with this storage tip:
The one thing I hate about buying asparagus is that it goes bad just too quickly for my liking. But here’s the food hack you’ve been waiting for, just store your asparagus into a mason jar with a teeny bit of water and that’s it. Add an inch of water and have the sprouts sticking out of the mason jar, that’s the key to keeping it fresh.
Make homemade chips!
You really can quality restaurant chips without the price tag attached. Get the baking sheet out, get some plastic foil, and something you want to makes chips out of. You can cut up potatoes in different shapes (and you add some kale for taste!). Sprinkle on some salt and cook all this in the oven at a high temperature until the chips are crispy. Make sure you check on the chips often so that you know when you need to flip them to keep it cooking evenly.