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Step 4 – fruits and veggies

OK – we are nearing the end of the plan.

We have already worked on a schedule, divided our days and picked our proteins.

This is the next crucial step: fruits & veggies.

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I really harp on fruits and veggies throughout the course of my blog.  And here is no different.  In order to eat more fruits and vegetables, you MUST BUY more fruits and vegetables.  If you aren’t currently in the habit of buying these, it will seem expensive and you will worry about waste.

Here are two ways to circumvent those fears:

1 – buy most of your vegetables frozen 

2 – buy most of your fruits fresh – and buy alot of just a few varieties

Your weekly goal should be two sit-down dinners a week, two quick dinners a week and two nights where you stop at fast-food but provide sides at home.

That makes 6 meals to prep for multiplied by the number of people in your family = the number of servings you need.

For example: 6*5 = 30 servings for my family.

Here’s how I would reach that:

one bag of apples (10 servings)

one bunch of bananas (7 servings)

two pints of strawberries (4 servings)

pre-cut and washed lettuce (2 servings)

one package frozen corn (4 servings)

one package frozen brocolli (4 servings)

one package baby carrots (4 servings)

 

Step 4 – Fruits & Veggies

Last Step – in the final blog post in this series, we will shop together

 

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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Fresh Start

It’s the night before trash day.  That means it’s time to go through the fridge.

I love this task.  It’s my own version of food rescue.  Not because I typically find unidentifiable objects – but more because I find leftovers that got pushed to the back and will narrowly miss the garbage can.

There is usually the squishy peach or the nearly moldy strawberries.  Both of these items can be salvaged.  Cut off the bad (if moldy) and keep all the squishy. Throw in a container into the freezer and I’m going to save on next week’s smoothie ingredients.

Saving almost gone fruits

Fruit Smoothie

There is typically a leftover protein – anything from a random pork chop (less than 5 days old – health rule!) or even boiled eggs – that I can turn into tomorrow’s lunch.

And my favorite part is quite possibly throwing out last week’s mistakes.  Those leftover cheese tortellini that no one liked – trash.  The end of the loaves of bread – now moldy – feed the ducks out back.  The two leftover pancakes that no one ever ate – garbage.

It’s a fresh start.  It’s making right the past week’s wrongs.  It’s the impetous to start a grocery list for the following week.  A chance to reward the kid who complained the least this week about meals – ‘hey, what would you like next week for dinner one night’.

Here’s what I’ve learned: Every week brings a fresh start.

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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