Five minutes

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?

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