When it comes to renovating your kitchen, meal quality and planning tends to suffer. As spaces get smaller and more chaotic, it can be tough to get on top of your meals – especially when your kitchen feels like a work site. This can lead to a decline in nutrition and may end up costing you significant amounts as you opt for takeaway over the hassle of meal prep in a compromised kitchen. Poor nutrition leads to stress, fatigue and grogginess; making your kitchen renovation more stressful than it needs to be.
At KBL Remodelling, we have extensive experience managing kitchen renovations in Perth. As kitchen design and installation specialists, we’ve compiled a collection of our top tips to make meal planning and preparation simple and stress-free.
Temporary Kitchen Installation Options
By researching and planning ahead, you can get prepared for your kitchen renovation before it begins. Think about whether you can create an alternative or temporary kitchen space to allow you to cook a range of healthy and filling meals. Dining tables, mobile bench tops and islands can be great places to set up a temporary kitchen during your renovation. Make sure to designate an area to prep your food and store appliances to make cooking much easier.
Another key consideration is where to wash dishes. Dishes can be washed in the bathroom and laundry sink, or even under a tap outside. While we generally recommend staying away from disposable crockery and cutlery due to the excess waste they generate, they can be a saving grace if you simply can’t wash up your dishes.
What Kitchen Appliances Should We Use?
During your kitchen renovation, stovetops, ovens and dishwashers are generally out of action. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t cook good food.
Countertop appliances like microwaves, blenders and pressure cookers are simple to relocate as they generally just need a power point. Allowing you to cook an extensive range of quality meals, including stews, curries, rice dishes, soups and much more, you can enjoy nutritious and balanced food without the hassle of squeezing into your incomplete kitchen.
Or, take your cooking outside and enjoy a quintessential Aussie BBQ, if the weather allows. Cook up some delicious burgers, sausages and veggies to keep the whole family full and happy – you won’t even remember the kitchen is out!
Meals That Everyone Can Enjoy
After a long day renovating or at work, the last thing you want to do is cook a multi-step, multi-appliance, multi-process meal. Even thinking about it is exhausting!
During your kitchen renovation, create a list of basic food items to stock up on. We recommend keeping some canned essentials like tomatoes, chickpeas, beans and veggies handy for throwing into your pressure cooker or pot. Dried ingredients like pasta, rice and legumes quickly bulk up your meals while adding valuable nutrition to keep you feeling full and satisfied.
Meal Planning and Preparing During a Kitchen Renovation
Don’t let your meals and nutrition suffer with your kitchen renovation. By utilising appliances, temporary cooking spaces and sticking to basic yet hearty meals, you can keep cooking good food even without full use of kitchen.