When preparing an entire meal seems too daunting a task, you’ve got other options.
- Order take-out. Expensive, and usually not all that healthy, but it’s an option.
- Heat up a freezer meal. With some luck, you’ve even got a couple of home-made meals in your freezer.
- Make a sandwich. Not very nourishing, but at least you won’t starve.
- Skip a meal. It’s the worst possible choice, but I’m afraid we’ve all done it at one time or another.
But what if you could prepare a wholesome meal in just five minutes? Would that be too daunting? Sometimes, the answer might still be yes, but more often you’d probably be able to do that: spend just five minutes on your meal.
Now, I don’t know of any ways to prepare an entire meal from scratch in five minutes. But I do know what I can achieve in such a small pocket of time.
I could, for example, complete one of the items on the list below.
- peel and chop an onion
- peel some garlic, put the cloves in a container and store in the fridge
- clean and slice some veggies
- peel some potatoes
- plonk some ingredients in my slow cooker or instant pot, add liquid and get a soup or stew started
- throw some leftovers in an oven dish and let the oven do the hard work
- cut up some fruit for a smoothie
- chuck some ingredients in a blender and make a smoothie
- wipe my sink and worktop
It doesn’t have to be hard. You don’t have to make a meal in one go. Working in increments of just five minutes at a time will get you your meal on the table too.
Think about it. How can you implement this idea in your life? What can you do in five minutes?