MEAL PLANNING MADE EASY
Good food can be fast. To get meals on the table easily, the most important consideration is planning. The recipe pictured above was initially one meal, but the three components: broth, braised pork, and mashed black-eyed peas were transformed into pozole stew, burritos, ramen, and crostini. Nothing is thrown away if meal planning is a true success. If you begin to look at your ingredients as pieces of a puzzle, destined to become a fabulous meal, you'll develop a wonderful versatility in the kitchen that is both satisfying and fun. Most households that operate zero-waste kitchens report saving up to 40% a year or more on their annual food budget. If you plan ahead, use your freezer and stick to a routine, meals will be easy. For meal planning to work best, it’s important to follow these steps:
- Develop a meal planning routine and schedule that works for you and your lifestyle.
- Invest in high quality glass food cookware and storage containers that are oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe.
- Save extra bits of food and turn leftovers into smoothies, enchiladas, pastas, bowls, fried rice and omelettes. If you cook without waste, it's possible to eat well on a budget.
- Cook what you like and what makes you feel healthy, satisfied and well.
- Save the recipes you really enjoy!
- Shop the bulk section to get deals on dried goods, spices, baking ingredients and snacks.
- Do the majority of the cooking on the weekend and freeze meals and baked goods for easy meals during the week. Date foods for the week you want to eat them and adhere to first in, first out in the old icebox.