Drop that takeout menu, and walk away from the fast food. These tips will make you an ace at Monday-to-Friday dinner prep.
Set for success
Shop once, eat all week
If it's Sunday and you haven't thought ahead to what you'll have for dinner on Thursday, you're missing out on the world's simplest time-saving tool: meal planning! Write out a list of what you'll need to prep your family's meals for the entire week, and get it all in a single supermarket trip before your busy weekday cycle begins. There's no need to worry about wilted veggies when you have a Bosch refrigerator that is equipped with the special VitaFresh system. It maintains just the right level of humidity and helps keep produce fresh longer.
Call in the troops!
You don't have to handle meal prep alone: enlist your family's help. Even young kids can gather ingredients from the fridge, and Bosch's large-capacity drawers and shelves mean it's highly unlikely the broccoli will have been flattened by a jar of pickles. (Everything in its place!) Plus, the efficient LED lighting system keeps items in clear view without hogging a lot of electricity. Once your ingredients are on the counter, kids can shift to sous-chef mode. Safe tasks for little ones include tearing lettuce, crumbling cheese and whisking dressing. Older kids can peel veggies and stir sauces or brown meat on the stove.
Love your leftovers
Plan to make a double batch of your favourite casserole, soup or stew, allowing you to easily transform leftovers into lunches or use them as a base for tomorrow's dinner. Consider cooking more than one recipe at a time: Bosch stoves have five burners and three oven racks, so you'll have space for it all. Don't your weeknights feel less stressed already?
Label and date all freezer foods so you can know at a glance what you have on hand at all times. This minimizes waste, as you're less likely to buy items you already have, and makes it easier to put dinner on the table efficiently by using up leftovers.
Thaw frozen dishes in the fridge, as opposed to on your kitchen countertop, to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. To avoid freezer burn and keep food at its best, use airtight storage containers or large bags that are designed for the freezer.
To maximize storage space in your freezer, package items like soups and sauces in resealable freezer bags so you can flatten and stack them on top of one another.
Freezer staples—like peas, edamame, corn, bread, ravioli and puff pastry—make weeknight cooking easier. Have these on hand at all times and make a note when one of those items is running low so you never run out.
For more on how Bosch appliances can make prep, cooking and cleanup easier, visit bosch-home.ca.
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|This story was originally titled "Marry-Go-Round" in the February 2015 issue. |
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Conquer your closet with clever tips that will allow you to add to your shoe collection without losing your mind.
1. Sliding drawers
Multiple open-face pull-out drawers help compartmentalize items based on season and style, making it easier to keep folded items in check without them spilling over.
2. Custom order
Install an adjustable closet system that allows for modifications (hanging height, shelving and drawer space) and includes a shoe system.
3. Group therapy
To give your closet an orderly appearance, use one style of hangers. Also, group clothing by category, like colour or style.
4. Reach for the top
Rotate wardrobe staples seasonally and designate top-shelf storage for rarely used or offseason pieces. Use up-to-the-ceiling shelves to maximize space and discourage boxes from pooling on the ground.
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We love a good makeover. Which is why we've gathered the best celebrity hair transformations of 2017. Find hair style inspiration or just take a look at styles these celebs love.
Penélope's hair looks like it always falls so effortlessly perfect.
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This gorgeous mama always looks so cute, whether it's in a fresh-outta-bed selfie or on the red carpet.
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The GIRLS star's warm chocolate brown brought out her baby blues perfectly.
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Hailey opted for a softer look this time, changing to a warm blonde, taking quite a bit of length off and adding in some cute layers.
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She takes 2017 as the year for a never-done-before change for her, going ultra short and giving her hair more of a ginger tint.
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Posing with first ever COVERBOY, James Charles, Katy Perry's signature raven hair is long, straight and gorgeous!
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This brunette has has multiple subtle hair change-ups over the years from cuts to highlights.
Keeping to her brunette roots, Selena chops her hair into the ever-popular modern lob.
Long-haired brunette, Nina Dobrev, has stuck with her long locks from the beginning.
2017 has brought on the lob cut for Nina as well, as she debuts her new 'do for a movie premiere in London.
Emily Ratajkowski's simple—but gorgeous—long brown hair has been her staple since she hit the spotlight.
But 2017 is the year of the brunette lob apparently, as the chocolate locks stay, the length goes. She stilled wowed at the Golden Globes, regardless.