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That way, when you're in a rush or suddenly super hungry, you'll have prepared vegetables that you can throw into salads, soups, pastas, or whatever you're cooking. Read more about how to meal prep vegetables here.
Before you let your extra produce like kale, bananas, spinach, and celery go bad, put leftover fruits and veggies in the freezer. Not only will you reduce waste and save cash, but you'll have smoothie ingredients for future lazy mornings. Read more about how to DIY frozen smoothie packs here.
Everyone has those nights where you just don't know what to cook. If you always keep a few boxes of grains on hand like whole wheat couscous, quinoa, bulgur, and farro, you'll have a healthy base for a meal that comes together in 15 minutes.
Weeknights can be rough, and cooking an elaborate meal from scratch can seem impossible. Rather than reach for the frozen pizza or take-out menu, opt for rotisserie chicken. It's pre-cooked, and you can transform it into creative meals like spicy Thai chicken noodle soup, buffalo chicken quinoa bowls, and shredded chicken tacos.
That way, you can make your favorite indulgent foods a little bit healthier. Try making vegetable pot pie, sweet potato tacos, and mushroom bourguignon.
In fact, avocado oil has a higher smoking point than olive oil or canola oil, so it's ideal for searing meats and stir-frying veggies.
You can nix the cooking oils all together by using vegetable or chicken broth. Use it to cook grains like couscous, rice and quinoa, braise chicken or veggies, or add it to homemade sauces like marinara, curry, and alfredo.
If you have leftover sauces, confits, pastes, and herbs, don't let them go to waste. Freeze them in ice cube trays. You can thaw these ingredients to enhance whatever you're cooking. Zucchini noodles with instant homemade pesto? You bet.
It seems obvious, but by bookmarking and saving your favorite healthy recipes, you'll never be at a loss for what to cook.
Store bought dressings are often full of saturated fats, added sugar, and calories. For a better-for-you alternative, make salad dressing from scratch. You can make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for weeks. Try making cilantro lemon vinaigrette, tahini dressing, and maple balsamic vinaigrette.
If a recipe calls for mayo or sour cream, use plain yogurt instead. Not only is it lower in fat and calories, but the taste is so similar, you won't notice much of a difference. Try it with Waldorf chicken salad, lightened up fettuccine alfredo, and yogurt marinated chicken skewers.
Even if you're not a vegetarian, try cooking one meatless meal per week. Learn how to cook vegetables that taste amazing so you'll actually look forward to eating them. Try making General Tso's cauliflower, red curry sweet potato noodles, and eggplant crust pizza.
Instead of deciding what to make each night, make a game-plan. If you map out what you're going to cook Monday through Friday, you're more likely to stick to your healthy eating routine. Read more about how to strategically put together a grocery list here.
If you know you won't have time in the morning to cook yourself a nutritious breakfast you can either make ahead or freeze for later. Try making sausage and vegetable breakfast casserole, freezer-friendly breakfast sandwiches, and make-ahead instant oatmeal.
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