Recipes often call for adding different vegetables and other ingredients at different points during the cooking time. But placing each prepared ingredient in its own bowl or gathering them into piles can needlessly dirty dishes and clutter a cutting board. Instead, layer the ingredients in a single large bowl and separate the layers with sheets of wax paper or plastic wrap, making sure the ingredients are in the right order, with the one you’ll need first on top.
If you’re looking for a reusable alternative to ramekins, try clean, dry, single-serving yogurt cups. Bonus: You’ll have yet another excuse to eat more yogurt. (What? It’s tasty.)
Use flat-bottomed paper coffee filters in place of bowls or ramekins, which are tedious to wash in large numbers. When you’re done, just toss the dirty filters in the compost or trash.