Stocking the refridgerator for the week helps me stick to my diet plan

Stocking the refridgerator for the week helps me stick to my diet plan

I took some of the tools I’ve purchased for OAMC and freezer cooking and put them to use in prepping veggies for the week. I find that when I have everything prewashed and cut, I’m more likely to grab it when I’m hungry instead of something high in fat and calories.  It also means that none of the produce is lost in the back of the refrigerator where it spoils before it’s found.

I pulled out my mid-range mandolin slicer (the one I shredded my thumb on the week before – ALWAYS use it with the food gripper!) and some knives and set to work on prepping celery, cucumbers, onions, and more. I stored them all in the BPA-free cheap storage containers I purchased from IKEA a few weeks ago, although I’m rethinking plastic since I read a report today that said plastic leaches chemicals into the food, even the BPA-free ones.  I bought glass storage containers with plastic lids awhile ago for OAMC but they’ve disappeared somewhere into the bowels of the cupboard. I may have to fish them out.

Using the mandolin slicer, I made quick work of the cucumbers (2) and rough cut the onions and then finished chopping them

Quick and easy snacks that are delicious can be made is minutes from the prepped veggies

Quick and easy snacks that are delicious can be made is minutes from the prepped veggies

with a knife. I washed and broke up the broccoli florets and sliced up the limes in approximately 1 tsp of juice in each slice.  I did cheat with the apples – organic sliced apples at Costco were easier than coring my own and the same with organic baby carrots. I buy 5lb bags of prewashed and peeled.  I also took an 8oz package of my favorite organic Monterrey Jack cheese and cut it into 1oz pieces and stored it as well.

My husband noticed that I peeled the cucumbers this time. I don’t always.  I wash and peel non-organic cucumbers and only wash organic ones.  I use a commercial organic vegetable wash, but you can make your own fruit and veggie was as well.

Make Your Own Fruit and Veggie Wash

Mix 1 cup water with 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Place in a spray bottle. To use, shake well then spray your fruit or vegetables thoroughly. Allow to sit for a minute or two and then rinse thoroughly. The lemon is a natural disinfectant and the vinegar helps to remove the wax that’s been applied on most fruits. Canning or freezing a large amount of fruits or veggies? Clean your sink thoroughly, fill it with equal parts water and vinegar and dip or soak the produce.

What’d I do with all these yummy vegetables? I had veggies and dip immediately after to reward myself and then the later than night I had chips and Pico de Gallo.  There are so many ways to make it, but I took the roughly chopped onions I’d put away and finely chopped them.  Then I added chopped tomatoes and a squeeze of lime.  I finished it with a little fresh cilantro.  Next time I’m adding chopped cucumbers to the mix.  It’s delicious and I like it fresh so I make it for one.

So, stock your fridge – you’ll be surprised how easy it is to get your five fruits and veggies a day when they’re right there and ready for you! Total time to wash, chop & store everything?  Less than 15 minutes!

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