Prep Your Vegetables in Advance

I don’t know about you, but in my experience there is one big difference between vegetables that get eaten and those that don’t. And that’s if they are prepped or not! Prepped vegetables are so much easier to throw into meals and much more likely not to end up as waste. So my challenge for you this month is to prep your vegetables in advance – preferably as soon as you get home from the grocery store!

1. Wash your veggies. As soon as you get your groceries home, wash all of the veggies that need washing. All of them! Even if you don’t have time to do the rest of the prep, simply washing your produce before stashing it in the fridge will go a long way in your efforts to make mealtime easier.

2. Let them dry. Lay your veggies out on a clean dish towel or paper towel to dry, or dry them by hand. You can absolutely go on to the next step before your veggies are fully dry, but be sure to let them dry completely before storing.

3. Prep them. Once your veggies are washed and dried, prep them for the week’s meals as much as possible. This means that if you need chopped potatoes for Tuesday’s soup, you’ll go ahead and chop them before putting them away. If you need sliced peppers for Thursday’s fajitas, slice them now.

4. Store them. Store each of your now-prepped veggies in a container of your choice. This can be a jar, food storage container, or a plastic bag — whatever tickles your fancy! Then, pop everything in the fridge!

Try prepping your vegetables in advance this week and let us know how it goes!

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