Stock refrigerator with: cooked brown rice, beans (we freeze beans in mason jars so they are always on hand and can be made spicy for Mexican flair or left plain. Practice with a variety of beans, once you get the hang of it, beans are one of the easiest foods to prepare and so good for you!), salad fixings, watermelon in summer, salad spinner or bin full of torn lettuce/cabbage, etc.
Look for yummy salad dressings recipes on the recipe exchange and on this blog. Go the extra mile to make your salads colorful and varied. Your family will grow to love them if you make them interesting as you go along.
Keep bread (in its many forms) in a plastic storage bin — do not refrigerate, DO freeze bread dough in loaf pans, as pizza crust, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls.
Make cooking ahead a breeze: Make large batches of Marinara sauce, chili, beans, soups, soup stock. Double and triple your recipes and store in mason jars. Be sure to leave at least 1 inch expansion space in the jar so it won’t crack when the liquid freezes.
Look for soup stock recipes in the recipe exchange. Keeping soup stock on hand is great because it helps you use up your vegetable pieces (extra stalks, ends of carrots, extra potatoes, etc.) and it makes beans, rice and soups have excellent flavor! We freeze soup stock in 1 cup increments.
Juicing is a wonderful way to help maintain excellent health! We often buy 25 lb bags of carrots and juice them with apples and beets. So great for your body!
Keep frozen fruit around for that extra touch when you are making smoothies. Frozen fruit is also great with frozen bananas as an alternative to traditional ice cream. Peel bananas and then freeze them!
In your pantry, keep pasta and marinara sauce. We have almost no canned goods in our home. Sometimes we have the following items: organic apple juice, salsa, marinara sauce, apple sauce, canned tomatoes & occassionally canned fruit. We try to by organic
and no-sugar added brands.