Cooking on a Busy Schedule

Today, I wanted to share a guest post that is a little off of our beaten path, but would be helpful for all of us. As graduate students who all work a job or two on top of everything else, it can be tough to find time to prepare real food for ourselves. So today, Carl at Ktchndad is going to share some of his tips for keeping well-fed on a busy schedule. So without further ado, let’s learn a little bit about how to be a graduate student without eating like one!

It is pretty common for a busy, working person to have a kitchen cabinet or refrigerator full of packaged food. They spend most of their budget on buying packaged ready to eat food.

This is a very common practice and is understandable, given how busy they work all day. After working a long, hard day you barely feel like walking into the kitchen to prepare a warm and comfy meal.

But as convenient and time-saving these foods are, they are also not a healthy option for you or your body. But worry no more as we have some tips below to help you eat better.

With these tips, you can easily cook for yourself and get motivated to do so on a regular basis.

After all, nothing is healthier than a home-cooked meal.

So, let’s have a look at a few amazing tips to help you cook even with a busy schedule.

Ideal meals for busy people

These meals are great for those of you who don’t get enough time to make a dish that needs hours to be prepared and cooked. You can try making these simple dishes instead which only take minutes.


These dishes are simple to make and can be made in a short time or ahead of time with little preparation. All you need are a few simple ingredients and that’s it.


Try to stock your pantry well at all times.

Remember, an empty pantry may lead to a phone call to the nearest restaurant for takeaway. So always try to keep your pantry full and well stocked.

That way you will feel motivated to walk into the kitchen and prepare an easy, healthy dish for dinner.

Buy vegetables and fruits that tend to have a longer shelf life like potatoes and carrots. These don’t go bad easily and you can prepare tasty stir-fries or casseroles with these.

Keep some dry spices and herbs at all times as they easily add flavor to your dish. You can even stock up some canned proteins as well, they are great for salads.


Get frozen items

Frozen vegetables and fruits are great for people with busy lives. They last longer and you can make amazing breakfast smoothies or acai bowls with frozen fruits.

Frozen smoothies can be made in minutes and give you a fresh boost to start the day.


How to make time for cooking

With a busy schedule, it is obviously not possible to cook every day. So what you can do is, set dates throughout the week and make batches of food that you can store in the freezer in separate containers.

That way you can simply microwave the meal when you want to eat it. It is better to cook the night before. It saves a great deal of time in the morning.

One pot meals are ideal for batch cooking.


Who says that busy people don’t deserve fresh and healthy homemade food? With these easy tips, you can cook your meal beforehand and stay away from takeout & packaged foods from the supermarket.


About the Guest Author

Carl grew up learning how to cook from his parents as well as working in a high-volume catering operation while in college. He now enjoys spending time with his family writing for his blog Ktchndad.

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