Sometimes buying a whole chicken or another large product can seem like a big expense, but if used thoughtfully it can be affordable and efficient. Once cooked, a whole chicken can be used for multiple meals -- it can last for about 3-4 days in the fridge and up to 2-6 months in the freezer! Vegetables can last a long time once they are already cooked too, so making a large batch at the beginning of the week can save time and effort later. Once cooked, most vegetables will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Check out this blog for more freezer and storage tips for your favorite fruits and veggies. To stretch your food items even further, make a large batch of rice or beans at the beginning of the week. This will help transform any mealtime by creating a healthy side dish or addition to any recipe.
Check out the graphics below for a long-lasting and stress-free approach to mealtimes. Find a market or store near you that sells rice and whole chickens, then Double Up on your produce to create your own delicious and waste-free meals. Make sure to ask your farmer or produce specialist what vegetables are on sale and in season to ensure long-lasting freshness and affordability!
Start the week with a whole baked chicken, veggies, and rice. Then use the leftovers for these awesome meals!
Tip: You can make vegetarian enchiladas with the leftover vegetables.
Tip: Leftover grilled vegetables add a great texture to salads and sandwiches.
Tip: Add fresh greens from your salad mix for extra nutrients and flavor.