Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Works for me Wednesday - meal preparation

This week’s WFMW is easy-peasy since this is the kitchen edition.

I have most of my “bright ideas” in the kitchen. I think it’s because I’m naturally lazy so I find shortcuts for almost everything in there.

Anyway, back to the topic.

Whenever I buy meat, I get home and split it all up into individual portions immediately. I’m on Weigh-Less so one portion of beef is 60g and one portion of chicken (white meat) is 110g.

I get out my scale, use the small sandwich bags as a glove as I measure out the meat, scoop it up and pull the plastic bag over the meat, twist and that’s one ready. And so on and so on.

Then I put the individual portions in a plastic container like this…and into the freezer.

Aside from the meat, I do the same when I boil up legumes like chick peas, lentils and my favourite, red kidney beans. They also go into individual containers in the freezer.

And then the vegetables. I try and chop up enough veggies for the week or if I don’t get that far, then at least enough for Monday’s meal (remember every Monday we eat lots of veggies).

I always stirfry our meals individually because I use only 1 tablespoon of oil for my meal whereas I don’t deprive Dion. LOL

So while mine is cooking, here are all the ingredients for his meal.

Having all the portions ready and prepared saves a lot of time and certainly works for me with my busy lifestyle.

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For more great tips from this week's kitchen edition, go visit Shannon over at Rocks in my Dryer


Larae said...

GREAT tips! I'm going to start that method to freeze my ground meat, I love that all of the individual servings are in one container, what a space saver! Thanks so much for sharing! =)

Marcia said...

Thanks, Larae. Glad it helped you

Margaret said...

I do the exact same thing w/ my ground beef. It saves so much time and I always freeze it in smaller portions (usually 3/4 pound) than what is usually called for (usually 1 pound). :)