RCTS – Ramadaan Cooking Tips for Sisters
For the sisters who will be cooking this Ramadaan, don’t cook anything extra, in fact meals should be more simple. Simply put, the whole aim of Ramadaan is gaining Taqwa and you can’t do that if you don’t feel the pain of hunger. Don’t waste your precious time standing for hours in the kitchen.
Tips for Time Utilization in relation to food:
1- Search fun, simple and quick recipes now and save them for Ramadaan. It took me a long time to find quick, simple and good recipes but it was time well spent.
2- Try and do meals that depend on putting something in the oven or slow cooker that doesn’t necessarily need you standing there.
3- Limit frying as much as possible. It wastes time and is not healthy anyway.
4- Kids breakfast, lunch and snacks during the day should be healthy but choose no cooking options. Plenty of raw fruit and veggies, healthy smoothies, sandwiches etc.
5- Limit extra sweets, so you don’t cook more and more importantly so we actually feel what poor people go through.
6- Minimize extravagant outings, meals at restaurants etc for the same reason above, save the money towards giving charity.
Ramadaan isn’t about more food , it should be the opposite. We should hardly care about it except to give us energy to continue.
7- Explain your plan to your husband/kids so everyone knows what to expect, ask for their support and to make this Ramadaan about Jannah NOT the kitchen.
8- If your husband is that kind of demanding husbands, do not make him upset, cook the food that he likes and keep dhikr on your tongue. Keep repeating and pondering on the meaning.
9- Minimize having guests over or going to dinner, and if you do, make it One-Dish (everyone makes a dish) so not one person is left with all the cooking to do.
If you have gatherings, try and get some spiritual benefit out of it even if you just share one hadeeth with them. [You can share this hadeeth (“Did he not reach Ramadaan, fast and pray…?”) or choose (from here)
10- Don’t forget to have an intention while cooking that you are making Iftaar for a fasting person, even if it is your husband and children.
11- Make the quantity little more and prepare a plate for any deserving /poor worker for his Iftar.
12- Listen to a lesson or Qur’aan while cooking. You can review the soorah, that you have memorized, play it on mobile/CD player and keep reciting it with the shaykh. Or simply just make any Dhikr, try not to waste any time.
13- Cook meals now and freeze them if possible. Even if it’s something simple.
[for example you are making a meal with mince, make extra and freeze half. Later on just boil some spaghetti, add red sauce and the frozen mince and you have a meal].
14. You can also do the samoosa/roll filling ready now, prepare the filling, wrap the samoosa/rolls or such, freeze them and in Ramadaan, just take those out and fry.
15- Don’t waste any food, eat leftovers and don’t cook any new meals unless you have finished the previous one.
16- Try not to cook every day and cook for at least 2 days in advance. Remember it’s NOT about the food.
We do not know, if we will be able to see this Ramadaan & live to its fullest. I personally know people who passed away recently and missed out on this opportunity to start over and reconnect with Allaah.
May Allaah let us witness Ramadaan and may we reap the benefits from it, Aameen
Forwarded message with some addition & modification by me
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