As each year comes and goes, we get busier. Despite COVID hitting in 2020 forcing us all to slow down; many of us have noticed our lives remain busy. Whilst we may have more hours back in our day, we often find ourselves crawling into bed after juggling friends, family & working from home.
Upon starting a new diet, it may be easier to fall back into old habits of ordering take-out or defrosting frozen meals. Sometimes, mental exhaustion bleeds into physical, and the last thing we want to do is spend more time in the kitchen. A plant-based diet is more beneficial for our health but can take twice as long to prepare.
To prevent falling back into old habits, a great tip is to try preparing your veggies the minute you bring them home. After heading to a Farmer’s Market or the fresh food section of your local supermarket, immediately get your veggies ready for future cooking.
Add all your veggies into a sink full of fresh water. If you have it, add some Apple Cider Vinegar. Soak your veggies for at least 5-10 minutes, then rinse them off. This process removes all pesticides and bugs that may still be on your food. Dry the veggies with a clean tea towel and start chopping! By chopping things like tomatoes, onions, cauliflower, and carrots into cook-ready portions, you can shave hours off your cooking time.
Remember to store the chopped veggies in clear or labeled containers – you can use Tupperware containers, reusable plastic baggies, or even old pasta sauce containers!
Next time you’re cooking, and you need to whip something up, grabbing these ingredient containers will save you many hours in the kitchen. It’s fast and easy, without the need to fall back into old habits!
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