🙋♀️Raise your hand if your fridge is a hospice home for veggies. 🙋♀️
I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time buying vegetables as if I’m a completely different person from who I actually am. Through a lot of trial and error (and lots of gross bags of salad) I’ve learned a couple different ways to successfully eat more veggies and waste less food. I can’t pretend I use up what I buy every time, but these have helped reduce waste and eat more veggies.
Here’s what’s worked for me:
🥕 Buy veggies chopped and ready to cook. I have been meaning to chop and roast brussel sprouts for a week. It’s not happening. So this week I bought prechopped veggies (that were the same price had I bought them whole) and saved myself a lot of time I don’t have.
🥦 Frozen vegetables are still vegetables!! There are a ton of options in the freezer aisle. I love the steamer ones that include porosities because then all I need to worry about is a protein.
🥬 Bagged salads that come with everything you need are an easy way to add veggies to a simple meal. Frozen pizza, pasta dishes, burger, all are easy meals that go well with a salad with low effort.
🫑 There’s no shame in using a boxed meal. Sometimes you just gotta by and/or start with something easy. One example is hamburger helper. Carl loves hamburger helper. It’s a comfort nastalgic meal for him. So last night we had the Philly cheesesteak one and I added a big container of pre chopped bell peppers and onions. It got us a complete one pot meal with minimal effort.
🍅 Stick to fewer veggies you can use for multiple meals. The leftover bell peppers I can use in an omelet, for tacos, or mixed in a salad. You don’t need a bunch of different vegetables for a bunch of different recipes. Go with basic stuff so you have more opportunity to use it all up.
🧅 Freeze what you don’t eat. I might not finish the bell peppers in time, so I can spread them on a baking sheet to freeze, then dump in a bag to store in the freezer.
Leave a 🙋♀️ if this is you and be sure to save this post so you can save some veggies from the trash.