Dinner from the Salad Bar and Beyond

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With everyone in a hurry, there are many easy ways to enjoy plant-strong meals without having tons of time. Grocery stores make life easier with so many pre-packaged meals, but the problem is that few are plant-strong compliant.

Sometimes, when you walk through your door after a long day, the thought of making a dinner seems almost overwhelming. But, with these quick tips from Engine 2, I think that your life will get easier and more delicious. Eating strong foods that are rich in whole grains and foods from the earth, you’ll be ready to enjoy delicious dinners and other meals.

Five Tips for Making Meal Prep Easier

-Hit the Salad Bar: A good salad bar will have everything you need. Whether you need greens, vegetables, beans, or fresh fruit, you are pretty much covered. Everything is beautifully sliced and diced and ready to eat! Ask the prepared foods team members for plastic containers, and store what you get in the containers. Then, when you get home, you’ll be well prepared, and if you do not eat everything in one event, you’ll have more produce for future salads and stir-fry dishes stored in those containers. NOTE: At the register, the cashier will adjust the tare weight of the container so that it is not included in the weight of the foods.

-Create a Salad Bar in Your Fridge: When you shop, it is best to get only what you need. This best practice avoids waste and allows you to create meals from your week’s menu. As soon as you get home, take thirty minutes to clean, prep and store all your veggies in containers. You will be quite surprised with how fast it is to make your own bountiful dish, whether it be a salad, soup, or stir-fry. You’ll never have that experience of wondering what’s growing in the vegetable bin!

-Bake Up a Batch of Potatoes: Get a sack of potatoes, and bake them all at once. Store them in the fridge. They are perfect for making crispy oven-fries, adding to salads, and for snacking. After baking them, store in the fridge. You will save so much time, and if you have a soup in the fridge, adding pureed baked potatoes to it will change the flavor and texture for a bountiful, vegetable soup.

-Make Your Own Salad Dressings: In a perfect world, there’d be ready made,oil-free salad dressings that tasted good and were free of sugar. Make a few types of dressings and store them in glass containers. They’ll last for about a week in the fridge, and all you need to do is give them a great shake and your salad will be delicious. You can also use salad dressings for marinades. Make sure you date the bottled dressing, so that you can keep tabs on its “production date.”

-Like Mighty Muffins?: Make a batch of Mighty Muffins then, store them in the freezer. You’ll have a quick “grab and go” breakfast for the week. If you don’t have time for a Rip’s Big Bowl, the muffins will give you the morning start you need!
Easy-peasy. These tips will have you feeling plant-strong all the time.

I also love having Engine 2 Burgers in my freezer…they are great as burgers, salad add-ons, and in pasta! Having an arsenal of strong foods at the ready makes meal prep a breeze and your plant-strong journey a tad more fulfilling, and delicious.