We are all looking to stretch out the coronavirus covid19 rations, keep nutritious food in your diet, and prevent boredom while you might be self-isolating. A smart way to do this is to meal plan, pre-cook some of your ingredients all on one day, then mix-n-match in various meals.
For example, one of the things I do is pre-make a ground turkey and vegetable mixture (you could use whatever protein you are able to consume with your health concerns in mind like ground beef or pork, beans, lentils, or peas into a mixture – poultry or plant-based foods are the least inflammatory), then freeze this mixture into meal-sized servings.
Next — If you have fresh produce that is about to “go bad” or you are concerned about it molding, wash it up and pre-cook the vegetables, then freeze in usable portions so that you prevent waste.
Pre-make rice and beans. I am primarily grain-free and bean-free in my diet due to my particular health concerns. However, if you are desperate and can’t find the regular anti-inflammatory food you eat you could probably consider consuming GLUTEN-FREE instead all the way grain-free. Your health professional should guide you – so please reach out if you have questions.
Now here’s the trick — I pull all these things out as I need them and then combine them with a variety of seasonings or additional vegetables and you have a lot of variety with little effort the rest of the week.
Day 1 – Stir Fry all the meats and vegetables together with garlic, ginger, and Asian flavors, serve it over riced cauliflower
Day 2 – Heat the meat up and serve it hot over a cold salad with salad dressing
Day 3 – Add taco seasonings and mush it all together in a taco or lettuce wrap
Day 4 – Add your favorite seasonings to the meat, then layer vegetables and meat over a baked sweet potato
Day 5 – Throw all the ingredients in with some broth and make a delicious soup
You prevent waste by cooking all in advance – but separately – and freezing in individual or family sized portions. It only takes a quick minute to assemble with new flavors once pulled out of the freezer.
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