Spring Clean Your Cooking Routine
Spring cleaning on your mind? Just like it’s important to periodically deep clean and purge unnecessary clutter around the house, it’s helpful to reevaluate your meal planning, shopping, and food prepping routine, too. Here are a few simple steps for spring cleaning your cooking routine as we head into this new season.
Step 1: Take inventory of your pantry & freezer
It might sound scary, but now’s the time to venture into the depths of the pantry and freezer to see exactly what you have, then strategize how to use it (or if needed, toss it!). Save money as you work through shelf-stable items or properly frozen foods before purchasing duplicates and remember to re-stock those healthy staples that make for fast weeknight meals, like this sheet pan dinner. You can make this recipe using a frozen vegetable medley, like Whole Foods Mediterranean Vegetable Blend or any other bag of frozen veggies you may in your freezer. A well-stocked pantry and freezer can take the stress out of your dinner prep routine. Some of our favorite pantry staples are canned tomatoes, coconut milk, vegetable broth and nutrient-rich whole grains like quinoa.
Step 2: Embrace seasonal produce
One simple way to get out of a cooking rut is to switch up your go-to fruits and vegetables based on the season. Bonus: this also means fresher and less expensive finds! Try our simple grilled vegetables like for a simple summer side dish that will get rave reviews. We also love salads with seasonal fruits and vegetables like this recipe featuring strawberries and radishes which start to come back in season in March depending upon where you live.
Step 3: Find a meal planning method that actually works.
Remember that meal planning is key to staying on track with healthy living goals so if your current setup isn’t working, it might be time to switch gears. Make it a goal to find an approach that feels doable -- and more importantly, sustainable -- in the long term. If this is something you struggle with, you might consider trying out our meal planning program to save time so you can focus on improving your culinary skills and enjoying home-cooked meals over endless recipe searching.
Dedicating time to freshen up your cooking routine can produce results that last. A simple, well-planned menu and a well-stocked pantry will reduce your stress in the kitchen and limit the need for takeout. So set yourself up for success by picking which step you'll start with!
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The contents of this blog are intended for educational purposes only. The information presented here is not a substitute for proper medical attention, diagnosis, or treatment by a qualified healthcare professional. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider before starting or making any changes to an existing treatment plan, exercise program or dietary regimen, and before using nutritional supplements.
~ Dr. Sarah Williams ~ Concord, Massachusetts ~