There are so many ways to use the Thermomix to speed up your time in the kitchen, it is great for multi layered cooking and or using it to cook things you don't want to be standing at the stove for. This has saved me at pre-dinner time when the little ones are getting a bit tired and I can't have 3-4 pots on the stove boiling at once with things that could burn or over cook.
Chop all veggies, onions, garlic, mushrooms etc in the Thermomix for 5 seconds on speed 5 and then stir them through your sauce pan or wok. This is a good way to hide veggies in pasta/lasagnes or similar dishes as veggies are cut very finely and bulk out the mince a bit. I do this all at once to save time. Simply peel, cut off ends and then chop into 3-4cm blocks of vegetable and throw into the TM mixing bowl.
Use the Thermomix as a rice cooker while you cook your curry elsewhere (Ie: Slow cooker). I actually prefer to use the Thermomix for rice as the rice doesn't sit in the starch, it drains to the bottom unlike in the rice cooker where you end up eating the starch with the rice. The Thermomix also gives you a very accurate time as to when the rice will be ready, given I cook with brown rice I am always taking too long with my rice cooker and it's never ready when I need to it be.
This is very easy and a great help if you're busy making the pasta sauce on the stove (or if you've already made the sauce and just don't want to be in the kitchen)! I'll often do this if the pasta meal is for a toddler and the adults are eating something else, then the pasta is quietly cooking away and I don't have to think about it until it's ready.
There are a few ways of cooking quinoa in the Thermomix. 1) Place 500g water into the TM Bowl & place 250g quinoa into the steaming varoma, cook for 20 mins/Varoma/speed 3. I usually stir it part way through. 2) Soak 100g quinoa overnight in a bowl with enough water to cover the seeds. When ready to cook, drain the excess water and rinse thoroughly. Place 800g water into the mixing bowl, insert simmering basket with strained quinoa and cook 15 min/Varoma/speed 2.
Boil eggs in the Thermomix while you chop salads, make toast, or heat up left overs as it gives you an accurate time of how long until the eggs will be ready and you can leave the kitchen while they boil.
Utilise the steaming tray (If you have one) and learn to cook with layers, that way your whole meal can be cooking in the one place and be left unattended until ready. Skinny Mixers has some great recipes for multi layered cooking that are super healthy and nutritious. I use multilayered cooking for steaming veggies and potatoes while the roast is in the oven or steaks are being quickly grilled. It just means I can leave the kitchen if I need to or focus on the one pan on the stove (or give toddler cuddles on the couch is usually what ends up happening).
Boil and then blend your potatoes to make creamy mashed potatoes for either the top of a shepherds pie or as a side to a main meal. Usually takes about 20 mins all up. I often have these cooking while I make the mince for a pie on the stove and then can throw it all together quickly at the end and put in the fridge until it needs to be cooked for dinner.
Make soup in the Thermomix while you are outside with kids, or doing other jobs around the house, or simply making something else in the kitchen. I often make soups as entrees to meals when we have last minute guests for dinner or lunch as it gives the adults something extra to eat and it requires no attention from me apart from the initial throw it all in the TM mixing bowl and turn it on. It then blends it all for you at the end.