for Busy Cooks: At the Grocery Store
a rotisserie chicken. One 2- to 3-pound chicken will yield about 4
cups of shredded meat. Most recipes call for 2 cups, freeze
or chill the remaining meat to use in another meal.
Purchase twice the amount of meat called for in
a recipe. Freeze what you don't use for the night's dinner and
plan on using it the following week.*
When you're at the deli counter stocking up on
sliced meat and cheeses for lunches, have the attendant cut small
amounts of different varieties of cold cuts, like turkey, salami,
and roast beef. Then grab a loaf of artisan bread and plan on
panini sandwiches for dinner.
Pick up an assortment of fresh bagels, they're
not just for breakfast anymore! Use them as an interesting
alternative to hamburger buns.
Buy frozen meats like fish fillets and boneless,
skinless chicken breasts that have been individually frozen. That
way, it will be easy to pull out the quantity you need and leave
the rest frozen for another meal. It also really speeds up
defrosting times, when you only need to defrost a piece or two, it
goes a whole lot quicker!
Grab a bag of frozen meatballs. You'll be able
to get spaghetti and meatballs on the table in record time, but
they'll also be the base for hearty meatball sandwiches. Add a jar
of Italian sauce from the pasta aisle, shredded mozzarella and
Parmesan cheese from the dairy case, and a few crusty hoagie buns
from the bakery.
Stock up on resealable plastic bags, freezer
bags and storage containers. They'll come in handy for foods you
Buy fresh fruits in season, they make
nutritious, ultra-speedy desserts, not to mention that they'll be
at the peak of flavor and reasonably priced.
Before freezing raw ground beef, remove it from
its packaging, put in a resealable plastic bag, then press flat to
an even thickness. Storing the meat in the freezer is easier and
it thaws in no time.
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