Part of meal planning includes the prep work. This doesn’t always mean cooking meals and freezing them, but just getting certain components ready. One way to be ready for the meals is to slice and chop your veggies. Here are some veggies that are good to prep for paleo meal planning.
Zucchini For Pasta
IF you intend to make veggie pasta, you are probably going to use zucchini. This is one of the best vegetables to use, even compared to other types of squash. Spiralizing zucchini if you have a good spiralizing tool isn’t hard, but it is a little time consuming. It can be very helpful if you do this beforehand. Fill up a medium-size food storage container with the ‘pasta’ and it will be ready to go when having this for lunch or dinner.
There isn’t a ton of prep work to do with your leafy greens, but there are a few things you can do with them. First of all, you shouldn’t keep them in the little plastic produce bag they come in. They aren’t going to stay fresh all week like this. Instead, remove the greens and rinse them thoroughly, ring them out, then place them on a paper towel to get rid of the water. You can then place them in plastic storage bags or containers, and pop them in the fridge. If any lettuce is being used for salad, go ahead and tear or chop it now so that it is ready to go.
Chopping, Slicing and Dicing
For other veggies, you probably want them chopped, sliced, or diced for your different snacks or meal ideas. Grab your meal list for the week, so you know what form these vegetables are going to take. Work one by one and get the prep work done. This might include chopping an entire cauliflower into a steak, cutting sweet potatoes into long, thin slices for fries, or cutting half your peppers in half for tacos and the other half into slices for fajitas. Doing this now saves you a lot of time when it comes time to cook or put your meals together.