6 Secrets from Meal-Prep Masters
Nutritionists, cookbook authors and moms share the expert tricks that help them prepare healthy, tasty meals—no matter how busy life is.
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Store food in portions you'll actually eat.
A big, frozen platter of lasagna sounds great—until it's 5 pm, you and one other person in your family want to eat it for dinner tonight and it's rock solid. Becky Rosenthal, author of Fast to the Table Freezer Cookbook
, often feeds her family of three with trays of food she's made ahead and frozen. Her trick: Instead of putting the entire recipe's worth into one 9- x 13-inch baking dish, she packages the meals in sizes that make sense for her family. An 8- x 8-inch container of lasagna is perfect for them; plus, the smaller portion defrosts more quickly. (Rosenthal uses foil trays, so she doesn't have to leave one of her own dishes in the freezer for weeks.)