Healthy Menu Tip #3:
Cook large quantities of healthy food recipes – and freeze the leftovers – is an easy way to save time. Cooking large amounts of stews, soups, pasta, chili and casseroles can be a huge time saver. Making double and even triple batches of these staple foods, and freezing the leftovers for later use, is a great way to save both time and money. For example Rachael Ray has a series on Cooking Channel TV called “Week in a Day” for make-ahead meals.Find a Cookbook You can search for the protein(s) your family wants in her recipe web site (for example chicken or beef), and work that into your menu for the week.
When freezing leftovers, it is important to label the containers carefully, using freezer tape and a permanent marker. Some containers are safe for freezer to microwave and can save you time and extra dish clean-up. Try to keep the oldest foods near the top to avoid having to throw away expired items.
Stocking up on meats when they are on sale is another great way to use that valuable freezer space. Stocking up on such easily frozen foods as chicken, turkey, ground beef, steaks, roasts and chops is a great way to make your food dollar stretch as far as possible while still allowing you and your family to enjoy delicious healthy meals every day. If you have a large freezer, using the new baggies that let you remove all the air, or a vacuum pack machine definitely increases the freshness of frozen meats. Amazon.com has a variety of food storage solutions.