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If you enjoy your cooking but don't wish to compromise what you cook, here are some speed-ups: Minimise washing up if no dishwasher. Re-use bowls, giving them an instant rinse if necessary. Use just-emptied cans to measure liquids instead of measuring cups. Reuse measuring spoons by measuring out dry ingredients first (so they don't stick to a wet spoon), ...


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Here are some thoughts. 1) Learn how to use a microwave oven. Not all food that comes out of a microwave oven has to be fast food or taste bad. You can also use it to cook "real" food. Look for a cookbook that focuses on microwave cooking. 2) Precook fresh food in larger batches, keep it in the fridge, and heat it up when you're ready to eat. I have ...


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You will increase the efficiency of your kitchen and greatly increase the quality of your food if you do all your food prep ahead of time. Be in possession of two or three medium sized bowls and half a dozen little monkey bowls and 2 or 3 SHARP, good quality knives. Get all your ingredients together in one place before you start. Chop all your veg and ...


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One option not yet mentioned is selecting food types which require very little active time. Stir frys are quite rapid from start to finish. These are my go-to if I am in a rush Dishes like pasta bakes can be very effective: a short amount of prep time, then bung in the oven and go and do something else for the 30 or 40 minutes it will take to cook. Soups, ...


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There are a lot of sites devoted to "Once a Month Cooking" which can really save a lot of time. You might not want to prepare a month at a time, but it's easily adapted to a week or two. Here are some sites with methods, recipes, etc: http://www.once-a-monthcooking.com/ ...


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If your methodology is anything like mine, it goes along the lines of: Ask spouse/family what to eat today. Often it's along the lines of "what we didn't eat yesterday" (which is why batch cooking doesn't work for me). Decide to look inside fridge for inspiration, finding a lot of expired meat or lots of that thing we ate yesterday. Drive out and find ...


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Eating healthy in general helps your brain function to it's best ability. Eat plenty of whole grains, oily fish, and things with your essential B vitamins (meats/animal products). I also did a little Google search and I found a study saying blueberries can improve/delay short term memory loss. And also, pumpkin seeds give you plenty of zinc, which is really ...


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My primary "tricks": Cook for more than one day at once. Heat the extra in a microwave the next day (or two). Think which parts of cooking depend on previous ones, and try to minimize idle time - prepare something while waiting for another Use multiple pans at once, if needed. Don't cook one item at a time. Clean up when done, and prepare the tools for the ...


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I'm using steamer. I allow You to prepare healthy food, and all cooking time is basically preparation time - after You put everything inside You don't need to do anything. Safe, healthy and You can do anything during steam cooking cause there is no fire and no need to observe process.


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Jars of sauce save a lot of time preparing. I will buy jars of curry sauce, sweet and sour, chilli con carne etc and then I just need to cook some chicken or mince and chuck the sauce in. Get a good wok - you can cook almost anything in it. Rice needs almost no preparation and goes with anything - microwave rice is even better, but can be very expensive ...


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Please define what you mean by a simple diet. In any case, while I do believe that there are many diet-related conditions that can impair brain function, actually improving on baseline is probably harder. While you're growing, it's imperative to have a nutritious diet with little toxins. For example, see how wheat impacts IQ in children. When you're ...


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There are cookbooks that specialize in meals that havea speedy prep time. Go look for some. My real go to when I don't have lots of time though is what I refer to as canned soup. I take some broth (Usually chicekn or vegatable) or a can of soup like mushroom soup or tomato basil soup. Then I throw in ingredients from other canned or frozen vegatbles such ...


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you might want to try something like this Panasonic Microcomputer Controlled Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker despite the name, it's good not for rice cooking only; there are lots of recipes (soups, cakes, meats etc). It might be tricky to get started, but it's a real timesaver.


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Check out the article 10 Tips for Healthy Eating During Exams. Fruit ranks high among the best foods you can eat for your brain. Blueberries (which can be bought frozen in bags) get a lot of attention because they contain powerful antioxidants and other nutrients. The natural sugars in fruit offer clean energy, so you don’t experience the crash ...


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I have seen a video somewhere about an experiment, two chess players were given proteine-high or carbs high meals before the game; the player that has had the proteine high meal played better. The meal high on carbs made the mind foggy. This is an article I've just found about this subject.


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I do more and more multitasking while cooking: hear my podcasts or watch youtube watch later vids checking emails, a samll tablet you can hang up while cutting vegetables is good here. there are some apps and also more and more websites offer to read aloud the text. Otherwise I would probably fall back to microwave and fast food.


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When trying to work on a mentally difficult project at work I've used this link that I have bookmarked for a long time. http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eat-smart-healthier-brain Half of my thinks eating this way really works and half of me thinks it's the placebo effect. Either way I feel like I'm better able to focus and retain information. (good ...


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There are two things I have found that have helped me: a. Spend less time cooking, and b. Eat better food The first is picking a day of the week (usually Sunday) to do as much food prep as I can. Honestly, I don't like doing it so I generally say I am committing 30 minutes to it. I put on a show or podcast to listen to in the kitchen and cut up lettuce, ...


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So far this week we have had Cholent, beef bourguignon, Chicken Gumbo and Chicken Hotpot all done in a slow cooker. It takes about 10-20 mins to prepare either last thing at night or first thing in the morning. For more complicated dishes like Lasagne or Mousaka we prepare them at the weekend put them in the fridge and stick them oven on a timer for when we ...


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For cooking frozen meat, When you buy meat to put in the freezer, take each piece out (for chicken/pork/steak) and wrap individually -- I use ziplock bags. Freeze them. It will be much easier when you want to cook X portions of meat! To build on that, If you're having frozen meat for dinner tonight or tomorrow, pull it out of the freezer and put it ...



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