If you are new to cooking I have one word for you, and if you are a veteran cook, let it be a reminder: prep.
Do like chefs do, and prep ahead. Wash and chop veggies, rinse legumes, grate that ginger, measure spices into little cups, place olive oil and other ingredients close at hand– have everything ready to rock and roll. It’s amazing how smoothly you can whip up a meal in this fashion, while talking to your 15 year old or anyone else, twirling over to the frig, spinning up the volume on your favorite song…
It’s sort of funny, but prepping for cooking is yet another example of slowing down in order to make things happen quicker.