Gear Up for Another Year Jammed With Activities and Long Commutes with Lékué

It’s nearly that time of year when mornings come far too early and life’s lulling summer pattern of backyard BBQ takes a turn toward tailgating and evening homework routines. That’s right, it’s back-to-school time and this year, you’re going to be prepared. Even for those of us removed from the whole school life, things tend to pick up around this time of year. With longer commutes and less sunlight, this season calls for a helping hand. To gear up, I’m looking for a few tools to cut down on time spent on the routine tasks to allow a little more care for the things I truly enjoy. The innovative Lékué brand has released a wide variety of these timesaving kitchen tools that busy cooks like myself can certainly appreciate. Take a look as I walk through five ways I plan to save a few extra minutes this coming fall.

5 Time Savers for Busy Fall Routines

When my alarm clock goes off at 5:15, it’s no scene from Cinderella. Unfortunately, the helpful Disney mice and bluebirds missed the turn to my new home leaving me a few hands short. Despite coming up short on help, I still make a determined effort to get in a hearty breakfast each morning and prepare dinner at home at a minimum during the workweek. Lately it’s been an abundance of fresh vegetables from the garden and big salads at night. Sadly, the closer we get to fall the less abundant my veggie options will be and the more creative I’ll have to become. In preparation, I’ve been looking for a few helpful hands. Which brings us to my proposed timesaving techniques to stave off the back-to-school blues.

#1 Accept the fact that you probably aren’t going to start getting up any earlier and you’re even less likely to convince the kiddos, dog, roommate, or significant other to take on the burden of making your breakfast. Instead, kick off your day with the Lékué omelet maker for a quick, fresh, and nutritious morning meal. It’s an easy alternative to a multi-dish prep job and gets you out the door with a warm start to the day.

#2 For the nights when impersonating a college student seems the most effective manor for getting dinner on the table, try the Lékué pasta maker. It’s not Cup O’ Noodles but it can deliver a meal fit for the whole family in under 10 minutes.

#3 Feeling experimental but lacking the time to prepare a feast from scratch? Dedicate your precious time to preparing a perfect protein or roasting the house –favorite veggies while the starch cooks itself. The Lékué rice maker brings a whole new meaning to, “Set it, and forget it.” Stir-fry, sushi, or just a side dish is minutes away with this handy, microwavable cooker.

#4 You have been promising yourself to eat more healthful, balanced meals but the daunting task of cleaning up a kitchen full of dirty dishes just doesn’t sound rewarding. I get that too. Despite my ability to use nearly every cooking tool in the house during the holidays, this just isn’t feasible midweek. Instead, prep, cook, and serve dinner in a single vessel with the Lékué steam case. Cook in the oven or microwave, steam veggies or bake fish, this handy cooking tool is certain to become a favorite cooking tool in any busy home.

#5 It’s roughly 10pm, you’re wrapping up the nighttime routine, and your little angel magically remembers that tomorrow is his turn to bring class snacks. The “reminder” flyer has been living on the fridge just long enough to camouflage itself and you now have the lovely role of saving the day. Hopefully, you’re reaching for one of those fun-shaped Lékué baking molds. Fill them with a quick cake mix, pop them in the oven, and your minutes away from kid-friendly snacks and hardly any dishes.

Chelsea B. Sanz
Chelsea B. Sanz

Chelsea Sanz has lived in East Tennessee since her family moved here from South Florida just before she started high school. While she initially begrudged her new home state, she eventually realized she had come to not only love it, but to “bleed orange” as University of Tennessee Volunteers fans here like to say. She and her boyfriend Hunter, a trail worker for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy exploring the nation’s most visited national park and coming up with their own farm-to-table recipes.

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