Food saving tips: meal prep
As a new and uncertain school year approaches, many families may be preparing for a particularly busy time. To ease the transition, this month's food saving tips focus on meal prep. Preparing meals, ingredients and snacks ahead of time can help maintain healthy eating habits, provide mindful ways to use food, decrease food waste, and save time on hectic days.
Consider these meal prep tips as you jump into the school year:
- A little planning goes a long way. Use the Meal Prep Mate from SaveTheFood.com to create a menu that maximizes what you already have and minimizes food waste.
Cook simple, delicious and nutritious meals
- Meals do not have to be fancy or complex. Prep what you and your family like to eat, keeping in mind healthy eating habits.
- Be patient when meal prepping. A couple hours prepping veggies, fruits, grains and proteins now will help ease the load on those busy days.
Store meals properly
- Learn how to store prepped meals and ingredients properly at SaveTheFood.com/Storage.
- In general, prepared meals can be stored in the fridge for up to one week (longer if in the freezer).
Get inspired! Meal prep ideas to consider:
- Grilled chicken used three ways: grill chicken to last for several days. Use chicken in meals, such as chicken quesadillas, chicken salad with whole grain crackers, or Mediterranean chicken and quinoa bowls.
- Breakfast for dinner: cook and freeze pancakes or waffles for a quick weeknight meal. Or try a breakfast hot dish served with baked oatmeal.
- Soup and salad: soup freezes really well, and properly prepared salads can last several days. Try a Moroccan chicken soup and a chopped salad.
- Mongolian dumplings (buuz): This Mongolian dumpling (buuz) recipe is great for making ahead with your preferred ingredients and freezing. Just steam or boil what you need and serve.
Continue to be inspired at SaveTheFood.com!
This article is part of a series. If you have ideas for future food saving tips, please email AskEH@ramseycounty.us.