I hate coming home from work and having to figure out what to cook... so to make things easier I take out several meals and thaw in the fridge. Having pork chops, chicken and hamburgers ready to go is a life saver. As I cook one up, I take another package out of the freezer. They stay fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days easily so I now always have something at hand ready to go to choose from.
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when I buy fresh fruit, I always prepare it, (peel and dice) then put some in the fridge, some in serving size bags in the freezer. I use the frozen servings in lunch boxes, they keep the food cool and thaw by lunch time. For snacks, I only let them partially thaw, enough for comfortable eating. These are expecially good for hot weather snacks or refreshers at work like construction where you need extra liquid and cooling.491
Melons like watermelon or cantelope are great this way Use the more solid fruits as ones like oranges tend to get muchy. A great way to get vitamins, liguid, fiber, treats, healthy and cool off at the same time
If you have a package of chicken you plan to freeze, divide the chicken into individual meal-sized containers. Add your favorite marinade, label and freeze. When you are ready for that meal, move the portion in the morning to the refrigerator to thaw. It will marinate while it is thawing.
For me it is extremely important to plan ahead. What I am going to eat, when I will buy it and to keep it simple. Also I plan foods I can take with me when I am going to be out and about. That way I am not tempted to cheat. I have to track or I will eat too much.
I plan to make several meals that will last me 3 to 4 days so I am not always cooking.
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