| For Savannah Morning News
Take a quick peek into your freezer. What do you see? Ice-cream? Meat? What else? You already know that one of the best ways to get started with a healthy eating routine and save money is to eat more home cooked meals and limit those take-outs and pizza deliveries.
Your freezer can help you simplify things when it comes to that and help you get
started with your healthy eating habits.
Think of all those times when you really wanted to whip up a quick meal but did not have all the ingredients you needed or did not have enough time to prep and cook. You probably just ditched the idea and ordered from that local Chinese restaurant. Does this sound familiar?
Having your essentials stored in the freezer, all prepped and ready to be cooked into a delicious and healthy meal can surely make things easier, and that is exactly why you should consider giving it a try as well. You can prepare food in large batches and store them in the freezer, ready to be taken out and cooked whenever you want to.
Not only will this help you stick to a healthy eating plan, but it will also help you save a lot of time and money!
Here are some “quick-freeze” ideas to get you started.
Soups: Yes! You can cook large portions of soup and store them for future use!
Cooked legumes: Legumes make for a wonderful addition to your diet, and are an excellent source of protein, among the other good things, but on the downside, they do take some time to cook. Cook batches of lentils and store them in serving bags in the freezer, and you are done!
Pre-soaked beans: Beans and lentils are super delicious, healthy and versatile, too. Pre-soak large batches of different beans and then freeze them. The next time you are cooking a rice dish or a soup, add these frozen beans for a healthy punch to it.
Greens: Wait what? Yes, you read that right. If watery, wilted greens are not really appealing to you, you can still find a way to freeze them and then use them later. Just puree your favorites together and pour the mixture in ice-cube trays and you are set!
Sauces: Make big batches of all your favorite sauces – pesto, arrabbiata, meat sauces, and freeze!
Oatmeal: Love your breakfast bowl of oats? Here is a way to make sure you get it every day without having to spend a lot of time on it. Just pre-cook steel cut oats, pour them into cupcake liners and store them in the freezer, and they will be ready for to use every
Veggies: Dice or puree your favorite veggies and store them in bags or ice-cube trays and freeze!
Smoothie essentials: Smoothies can be a quick and easy breakfast option, and yes, you can store most of your smoothie ingredients in the freezer as well, cutting your prep time in half.
Hope these tips help you kick start 2021 and not only save you time but also save you money, as well!
Melissa King is a parent, a professional savings blogger, and a former teacher. She lives in Savannah. Contact her at email@example.com. Find her on Facebook at Savannah Savvy Shopper or thismommysavesmoney.com.