Weekends can be a great time to prepare big batches of food that can be refrigerated or frozen for later use. Get together with family, friends or neighbors and share the work. Foods such as soups, stews, chili, casseroles, muffins, loaves, and pancakes are perfect foods to "big-batch".

Consider a pressure cooker: A pressure cooker will help you make delicious stocks, soups, stews and bean dishes which taste like slow cooked, but in a fraction of the time. Technology has advanced so that they now come with many safety features.