Freeze leftovers or make ahead meals. This is by far one of the simplest ways to make sure you have healthy foods on hand and to save, or at least not waste, money. Even if it’s a single portion that you have left – freeze it. You never know when you’ll need just a single portion. Even if plans change, and you don’t end up cooking what you had planned, freeze the ingredients. Don’t let them go to waste. Once you’re in the habit of freezing leftovers, it becomes second nature and such a fantastic way to make sure that you’re getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to healthy eating. It also gives you an easy way to plan for nights that you know are going to be busy and just need something that you can thaw and reheat.
A couple of important tips when freezing leftovers or make ahead meals:
- Unless you know exactly how you’re going to use it, freeze it in single servings. That way you don’t have to thaw four servings of food if you only need one or two.
- Invest in containers, labels or baggies that you can write on and then write what the food is and the date that you’re freezing it.
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