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I love fun kitchen tips and trick. But the best tips, are healthy kitchen tips. Things that help me eat the way I should, easily.

We all look for ways to make life easier. And who can blame us? With hectic work schedules, family needs and trying to take care of ourselves, our days are pretty darn full to say the least! So I thought I’d share my favorite kitchen tips to help your life go just a tiny bit smoother.

7 Clean Eating Kitchen Tips

7 Healthy Kitchen Tips

  1. Fresh herbs  – They last a LOT longer if kept in the fridge in a glass of water with the whole thing covered in a plastic bag. (I reuse plastic produce bags as pictured above). I’ve had a fresh batch of cilantro in the fridge for 3 weeks and it’s only just now turning bad. (You do have to change the water every few days however)
  2. Pre-cut parchment paper – It’s a little pricey up front, but the convenience pays for itself and it lasts FOREVER! Plus, it makes it so much easier when you don’t have to snip off excess parchment, or tear off extra because you didn’t get the first piece big enough. It’s already done for you! On top of that, if you need to trace on it to cut an exact fit, it’s much easier because the paper is already flat and not trying to roll up on you. Check it out here on Amazon!
  3. Food Prep – Prepping food one day a week is the ultimate time saver. A meal just comes together soooo much quicker and easier if the veggies are already chopped and the rice is already cooked (Rice freezes well!). Chop fruits and bag them up into single servings, portion out nuts and nut butters so you can enjoy them without overdoing it. Prepare a few casseroles to keep in the freezer for busy weeknights.
  4. Meal Planning – If you plan your meals a week ahead of time, it makes life all that much easier. You don’t have the eternal question, “what’s for dinner”. You already know! And if you put it up on the fridge or a kitchen chalkboard, the family will know too. They can even help plan the week’s menu so everybody is happy. Need more help than that? Check out my $5 meal plans!
  5. Popsicles for breakfast – On a warm summer morning, let the kids think mom has lost her marbles by giving them “Monster Pops” for breakfast. They don’t have to know they are just frozen green smoothies with plenty of spinach in them. Moms can be sneaky like that.
  6. Zest your garlic – If you mince a lot of garlic, do it quickly and easily by using a microplane/zester. But watch those fingers!
  7. Make nice with your butcher – Save time by asking your butcher to do things like cutting chicken breasts into stew meat, or preparing your fish just the way you want it. And if you are buying in bulk, ask them to package everything up in single servings so you can toss them in the freezer and thaw them as needed without defrosting too much. They are typically happy to help and can usually do it in half the time that you or I could do it at home. This way, half your work is done before you ever leave the store!

BONUS TIP:
Here’s how I label my bulk spice canning jars.

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15 Comments

  1. Awe thank you! Any time saved is well worth it!! I only have 2 lil ones but feel I spend more time in my kitchen than with them:( We do not own a microwave and I cant settle for garbage foods, so I have to manage it the best way possible! If u have more tips with life please share lol!!!

  2. Faith@The Stirring Place says:

    I never thought about freezing rice!!! Or microplane-ing garlic!!! genis

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Faith – Hope it helps!

  3. Paula Tardio says:

    Hi Tiffany, as always, thanks so much for the great, time-saving tips! I didn’t know about the tip for keeping herbs fresher or about freezing rice. Thanks for all of your great info-I enjoy reading your posts and trying out your recipes.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Paula – My pleasure! So glad you found the tips useful! 🙂

  4. If you are always too tired to do laundry, here is a tip to save time. Put your dirty laundry in the washer before you go to bed. Add the soap in the dispenser so it is ready to start when you walk in the door the next day. You won’t have to waist time sorting and gathering laundry and washing. The time you save will give you time to get it in the dryer and maybe fold it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Georgia – Haha! Love it!

  5. Does quinoa freeze as well as rice does? 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kat – Sure does!

  6. Love these tips!! One question – once you’ve prepped your veg I assume you then need to freeze it?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gemma – Depends on how fast you will eat it. I usually prep what I can eat for the week. I buy frozen stuff separately.

  7. Thanks for the tip about saving herbs! I’ve heard this before, but now from a credible source. 🙂 I am usually annoyed by how big herb bundles are, even at farmers market, because so much of it goes bad before I can use it. Now I’ve got an extension plan!

    Dead-on about meal prep by the way. Sometimes it’s so tiring to spend a few hours doing it on the weekend, but the whole week is all the better for it!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Karen – Right you are! It’s all about the food prep!

  8. Tiffany – when you talk about butchers, are you talking about the butcher at the regular grocery store?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      MizG – Yup! The guy behind the meat counter.

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