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Importance of Prep in the Kitchen

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Rome wasn’t built in a day; and neither was good food made in a minute. Quality meals are produced in the kitchens of people who care about what goes into their bodies. Since time that has gone into meal preparation is time well spent, we have five key tips for you to prepare your kitchen for greatness.

  1. Stock your pantry

Keep garlic and onion powder in your spice rack, to pack a flavor punch in any dish. Always have olive and coconut oils at the ready, in liquid and spray form. Parchment paper and foil are essential for preparing a wide variety of foods in the kitchen. Bouillon is a key ingredient to making tasty grains like rice and quinoa, as well as adding depth to sautéed greens, like Kale.

  1. Do your dishes

Have you ever started to prepare a meal and realized that everything you need is in the sink or dishwasher? You need all kinds of measuring cups, measuring spoons, bowls, spatulas, mixing spoons, and knives to be prepared in the kitchen. Be on top of the dishes situation, and cooking will become a whole lot more productive.

  1. Cut up produce in advance

Chop some carrots into sticks, dice that cantaloupe and slice bell peppers into strips. With a tiny little bit of water in a ziplock bag, pre-cut raw vegetables will last all week. This makes it easy to take healthy food to-go.

  1. Make a meal plan

Gone are the days of the family recipe book, but thankfully the internet is packed to the rafters with meal ideas. Decide what you’re going to eat for the week and write down what ingredients you’ll need.

  1. Shop to list

The best way to waste food and money is to buy random groceries. You won’t have ingredients for a meal when you want one, and you’ll have to keep going to the store. Strictly stick to the list.

A little preparation goes a long way in the kitchen! Prep now and reap the benefits later.

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