Do you prep your foods when you bring them home from the grocery story?
I started it a few months ago, and it makes everything so much easier.
While I do enjoy cooking, I do like things to be quickly accessible especially when packing snacks for outings.
Some things I do:
Wash apples for easy grab and eat.
Wash grapes and store in bowl or ziplock bag. When I go back to work, I will definitely portion some of these out for snacks.
Steam some carrots. My little ones like to eat cold steamed carrots for snacks, and I find they are great in salads as well.
Other things I recommend:
- Keeping your nuts in the freezer in ziplock bags. Be sure to measure each portion. Walnuts are my favorite nuts, and I eat them almost daily, so I keep a little 1/8 measuring cup inside of the bag. I usually eat 1/4 cup, so it is easy having the measuring cup in the bag. Also, you could portion these out and put them in snack bags as well.
- Placing your spinach inside of a large ziplock bag and squeezing out all of the air. Although I like those containers they come in, storing in the ziplock bags takes up less room.
- When your bananas get a little too soft, peel them and place in a ziplock bag in the freezer. You can make ice cream with them or use them in a green smoothie.
- Boil eggs for a snack (combine with some veggies). I keep mine in a bowl in the fridge. My mom writes a “B” on them so she can distinguish between the two.
- If you like marinated cucumbers, you could prepare those in advance. I like mine with just a sprinkle of salt, so I don’t do this one.
- I buy red peppers and bell peppers when they are on sale, and I dice them then place in the freezer for use in recipes. I also reserve some slices for dipping hummus or black bean dip.
- Make a large batch of brown rice and store extra in fridge or freezer for adding to meals as needed.
- Cook dried beans and portion into ziplock bags. You can store these in the fridge or freezer as well. Talk about a money saver – dried beans are so affordable. I do keep a few cans of beans on hand for those times I may need them. Make sure you look at the ingredients of your canned goods and get the ones that are organic with no additives. I noticed that some contain sugar and other additives that are not necessary.
- Buy frozen fruits and vegetables. Frozen fruits are great for smoothies and frozen vegetables are great for meals.
Oh, this is something that I noticed that works for me – when buying tomatoes, I like to buy the ones on the vine and in those mesh bags. I hang them from my fruit stand, and they seem to stay fresh longer.
Do you have any food prep ideas to share? I’d love to hear them.