4. Put Leftovers Straight in the Freezer
OK, maybe you don’t want to make half a lasagna—that’s fine, too. Many foods will keep in the freezer for months after you make them: casseroles, soups, stews, sauces, you get the idea. If you know you won’t eat that chili three days in a row, portion it into food-safe containers and freeze it for a rainy day. Not only does it eliminate wasted food, it also leaves you with a slew of freezer meals for nights you don’t feel like lifting a finger. (Hey, it happens.)
5. Get in the Habit of Big-Batch Cooking
Think of it this way: What can you make ahead of time that can be easily reheated day-of? For example, roasting vegetables and whipping up a big pot of rice or grains can be accomplished during a Sunday Netflix session, saving time in the long run. When it comes to meal-prepping and planning, batch cooking will quickly become your best friend.
6. Embrace Leftovers
If you’re interested in cooking a single-serving meal seven days a week, more power to you. But chances are, you’ll run into times when cooking isn’t in the cards and your carefully devised meal plan starts to crumble before your eyes. That’s what leftovers are for! (Don’t forget, they’re also great for next-day lunches.)
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