Double the recipes for soups, stews and casseroles. Freeze and store leftovers for later use.
Spray knives with nonstick cooking spray before chopping raisins, dates and other sticky food.
Clean counter tops, pots and pans as you go.
Store dishes and silverware near the dishwasher for faster unloading.
Start a file of meals you can prepare in 30 minutes or less.
Use a seam ripper to open plastic bags and packages.