At this time of the year, we’re practically swimming in produce from our garden and CSA. And while I’ve tried my best to keep it from overwhelming me—hence the pretty Swiss chard living in our raised beds, rather than showing up on our dinner table—I’ve found one thing goes a long way towards helping me stay on top of the food in our fridge. Produce prep!
Why you need to prep your produce ahead
- On Sunday, I spend about 45 minutes cleaning out the veggie drawer and getting things ready for weeknight meals. I certainly don’t do this every week and I don’t necessarily have a meal in mind for each one as I’m cutting them up, but it definitely helps makes cooking easier when 5 pm on a weeknight rolls around and the veggies are already ready to go.
- Having veggies sorted and cleaned helps me remember what we have—and avoids foods waste.
- It’s one less thing for me to do when the girls are home from school and daycare and are hungry, tired, and wanting my attention.
- It’s one less impediment to helping me serve up plenty of produce!
- It also tends to inspire me to try to get ahead in other easy ways. At the same time, I sometimes stick a muffin tin of eggs into the oven to bake them into hard-cooked eggs and chop a bit of produce for T’s lunches. It’s these little steps towards controlling the kitchen chaos that can go along way!
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