There is nothing quite like saving time in the kitchen. It feels so good, at least to me, when a dish can be made a little faster and a little easier by a simple shortcut that doesn’t compromise on the quality or taste of the dish. It is even better when these shortcuts come about for things that I really make a lot, like mac and cheese, or simple desserts. Today I have some GREAT shortcuts for all of you. Have you ever wondered how to whip up chocolate cake without the oven or make delicious soup in five minutes or less? Well, here you go. These are some great shortcuts for all of our favorites!
Add Steam to Your Oven! 1 of 7Making bread from scratch can take a while with all the rising time, but with this technique you won't have to worry about that at all. Did you know add water to create steam in your oven and cut rising time and help create the perfect crust? It's true!
Make crusty french baguettes in 30 minutes!
Photo: Brooke McLay
Serve Rice in 60 seconds 2 of 7Cooking rice every time you want to serve it can be SO time consuming. Finally, here is the shortcut we've all been looking for. Make brown rice in advance and freeze it. Then, reheat it according to these directions and you'll have a steaming bowl of rice ready in less than a minute!
Serve brown rice in sixty seconds
Make Dessert in the Freezer! 3 of 7Did you know that you can keep the oven turned off when you want to make pie? That's right! Skip all the baking time and make your dessert in the freezer. An icebox pie, like this pink lemonade version, is so easy and takes virtually no time at all!
Make lemonade icebox pie
Photo: Kelsey Banfield
Mac & Cheese from Scratch in Under 15 Minutes 4 of 7Skip the boxed stuff, these easy-peasy mac and cheese can be made just as quickly. How? The answer is in the simple sauce and quick pasta. There is nothing to it!
Make mac and cheese from scratch in under 15 minutes
Photo: Brooklyn Supper
Microwave Nutella Mug Cake 5 of 7Want a rich chocolate cake for dessert? Surprise your family and whip it up the microwave in under 10 minutes.
Make microwave nutella mug cake
Photo: Angie McGowan
2-Minute Mug Scrambled Eggs 6 of 7Before you say you don't have time to make scrambled eggs try making them in the microwave. It works like a charm and you can serve them as is or wrapped in a tortilla as a breakfast burrito!
Make two minute mug scrambled eggs
Photo: Paula Jones
5 Minute French Onion Soup 7 of 7This amazing french onion soup takes five minutes. How? The trick is skipping the caramelized onions and preparing the toasty topping while the broth is simmering!
Make five minute french onion soup
Photo: Brooke McLay
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