Many housewives and mothers think about this question especially since Ramadan this year comes during the hot summer months, making it difficult to stand in the kitchen for long.
However, there’s no need to worry. You can organize things and make preparing food during Ramadan an enjoyable experience. Here are some practical and simple tips.
- You need to know what ingredients you have in the kitchen cabinets. Get rid of old or expired items.
- Buy fresh vegetables such as okra, string beans, spinach, vine leaves and molokhia (Jew’s mallow) then store them in the freezer. This saves a lot of time and effort during Ramadan. The same can be done with fruits which can be put in bags and stored in the freezer to make fresh fruit juices during Ramadan.
- Season pieces of chicken, meat or fish after washing them well then put them in sealed bags and store them in the freezer. During this step, make sure to use spices with a little lemon or vinegar. Avoid using lots of liquids.
- Boil chicken or meat with your favourite flavourings. Let the stock boil for two hours on a low fire then let it cool and pour it in an ice cube tray so that you can use it daily during Ramadan to prepare vegetable or oat soup. In this way, you can avoid using ready-made stock cubes which contain the harmful Sodium Glutamate.
- If you like preparing samosas daily during Ramadan as a side dish with soup, you can make the dough and stuff it with cheese or meat. Then, put every 6 pieces in a bag and store them in the freezer. Later, they can be directly fried or baked.
- Write down the recipes that you wish to prepare at the beginning of each week and organize work on these recipes by preparing in advance for each recipe.
- Make sure that yoghurt is always available daily whether at Iftar or Suhour during Ramadan to avoid feeling thirsty and keep the body hydrated throughout the day.
- Eat a lot of leafy vegetables such as lettuce and rocket because they contain high levels of water. Also, you can cut strips of cucumber with some lettuce leaves and keep them in the fridge in sealed bags for daily consumption.
- Use summer fruits as dessert instead of Ramadan sweets which are rich in sugars and fats. Limit your consumption of sweets to once a week.
- Maintain a proper and balanced diet before and during the month of Ramadan to achieve the great benefits of fasting such as lowering high blood pressure and improving the levels of sugar and cholesterol in the blood in addition to keeping the heart and stomach healthy.