Fresh Vegetables – How to Buy Them
It’s smart to buy a nice variety of fresh vegetables for good nutrition and colorful meals and snacks, right? Right. And, it’s even smarter to use up your fresh vegetables before they rot, right. Right. Well, did you ever look into your vegetable crisper drawer and think…how will I use that Bell pepper, corn-on-the-cob, asparagus, fresh herb, or kale? My thinking was along those lines the other day when I took a look. But, worry no more, because there are sneaky ways to waste less and enjoy more as you store your fresh vegetables. And, to avoid plastic bags which are not so great for the environment, check this resource about storage.
Fresh Vegetables – How To Keep Them Fresh
The very best way to keep fresh vegetables really fresh is to store them the way your grocery store does. What do I mean by that? I mean store peeled, baby carrots in your fridge, fresh, leafy parsley in your fridge or in a cup of water in the fridge like a bunch of cut flowers; store onions, garlic, and potatoes out of your fridge in a cool, place, away from bright lights. Grocery stores are masters of keeping fresh vegetables fresh because if they don’t, they throw away a lot of sales dollars. People like you and me can also become masters of keeping fresh vegetables fresh, to avoid throwing away a lot of food budget dollars.
Fresh Vegetables – How to Use Them Up Quick
Training yourself to look at what’s in your vegetable crisper at least once a day is super smart. Look, think, and make a plan to use something that day. If it’s salad greens then make a salad. If it’s eggplant then cut it along with an onion and saute together in extra virgin olive oil. If it’s a fresh herb like parsley, cilantro, dill or mint, then add it to the salad. If it’s broccoli then stir fry it. By looking daily and cooking up a fresh veggie or two, you will see more fresh on your plate and less waste in your compost bucket.
Fresh Vegetables – A Nutrition Plan for Success
When you eat fresh vegetables (or canned or frozen,) you ‘up’ the quality of your nutrition. Meals become more colorful and satisfying. Snacks take on a new twist – and sometimes a new crunch, too. So, add fresh vegetables to 3 meals a day and feel the difference. To get started with new energy for eating well, like my facebook page, invest in one of my ebooks, and request your free copy of my 3 Menu Plans for Busy Families. There’s no looking back now!
What fresh vegetable is toughest for you to use up when you buy it and do you have a use-it-quick idea?