Preparation is Key!

With back to school right around the corner I need to make sure that I am stocked up with my main staples so I will be ready with all the ingredients I use when dinnertime comes around. When I’m down to the last of my frozen cilantro, chicken cubes or garlic, I buy another batch of cilantro, chicken breasts or a fresh 5 sleeve of garlic to make on the weekend so I am prepared to make meals for our busy weeks ahead.

crack layers of skin for easier peeling by pounding the side end of a kitchen knife with the bottom of your fist

For garlic, I break the cloves apart and cut the ends off both sides to loosen and peel off the layers of papery skin encased around them. Then I drop them in the food processor chute, add a little olive oil in it, use the shredder blade that sits on top, shred, put in quart sized bag and freeze!

Use top shredding blade

For cilantro, I buy a bunch, cut off the stems saving only the leaves, cut them into pieces as best I can and freeze!

I do this with meatballs and chicken cubes, too. For chicken cubes, I defrost chicken breast, cut them into cubes, pan fry with a little olive oil until all juice is absorbed and freeze! For meatballs, I bake them or fry them, wait until they’re cooled and freeze! You will be ready for any meal in a pinch.

What ingredients do you prepare ahead of time and freeze for future use to make mealtimes EASY?

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