You may find yourself working or staying home for the next couple of weeks, and wondering ‘how am I going to make food last?’ or ‘where should I even start?’ Not to worry, we have you covered. Follow these tips to make cooking at home efficient and fun!
Focus on buying shelf-stable nutrient dense items like whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat pasta), canned vegetables, dried beans and legumes, and frozen fruit. When it comes to canned goods, opt for low sodium options. Some grocery ideas include:
- FRUIT: applesauce and other fruit purees, canned fruit in water, frozen fruit, dried fruit
- VEGETABLES: canned vegetables (corn, green beans, carrots, tomatoes), vegetable-based soups, frozen vegetables
- PROTEIN: canned tuna or salmon, frozen sh or chicken, lentil, nut butter, seeds, dry or canned beans
- GRAINS: whole wheat pasta, brown rice, quinoa, farro, oats, crackers, whole wheat bread (put in the freezer)
- HEALTHY FATS: chia seeds, hemp hearts, ax seeds, avocado oil, olive oil
You may find it best to batch cook meals like soups or casseroles and freeze any leovers. Before putting any food into the freezer, make sure it has cooled completely and stored in a freezer-friendly container with little to no air. To vacuum seal and baggies, take a straw and suck out extra air before sealing. Also, it may be helpful to freeze single-serving portions sizes so that you don’t thaw the whole thing and ruin any excess. Always be sure to label the meals with their description and date stored!
Prepared freezer meals are also a great option for when food is running low or when you don’t feel like cooking. Choose ones that are low in sodium and high in protein to keep you feeling full longer.