If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands, either after work or over the weekend, how about spending a little time on food preparation for the following week?
It’s amazing how just a little preparation can make your life so much easier!
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Wash and bag your produce for juicing for the week!
My friend, Sarah, brilliantly washes and bags her produce for the week, so all you have to do is open it up and juice each morning! Doesn’t get much easier than that. (Be sure to rinse and reuse your bags!)
Or, you could simply prepare all of your juices ahead of time, and store your prepared juices in the freezer (leave room for expansion)! You can thaw one juice at a time overnight in the fridge, or allow it to thaw during your morning commute!
2. Prepare your salad ingredients ahead of time.
You could essentially have a salad bar waiting for you in your fridge! By washing and chopping up your salad toppings ahead of time, you can have a quick and easy meal ready in a matter of minutes. Make sure you dry those veggies well, for longer shelf-life.
Note: This would be a fun way to get kids involved in making their own meals, too! Give them colorful options like cherry tomatoes, chopped peaches, fresh blueberries, diced cucumbers, etc. and encourage them to eat the colors of the rainbow!
3. Prepare one or two delicious salad dressings to keep in your fridge!
Bottled salad dressings may be convenient, but they’re usually loaded with preservatives and thickeners that you’d probably never knowingly choose to feed to your family. Luckily, preparing your own salad dressing is quick and easy, and will keep in your fridge for a whole week!
No need to cook these before freezing–> they will automatically be tender when heated from their frozen state.
I’m too impatient to let either of these thaw, so I usually throw the frozen noodles or rice directly into the hot skillet when it’s time for dinner. They work great, even without thawing, for a quick meal!
5. While you’re at it, prepare a big batch (or two) of sauces for your noodles and rice!
Freezing sauces, like Vegan Pesto or Sweet Potato Curry Sauce, in an ice cube tray leaves you with easily portioned cubes that are easy to store, and that will melt quickly in a hot pan. Simply grab 4-5 cubes, and toss them into a pan with the rest of your meal–> they’ll melt in minutes! Combine with chopped frozen veggies and your choice of frozen rice or noodles, for a quick and easy meal.
Who says you can’t enjoy a healthy frozen dinner?
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