Sunday Night Prep to Eat Clean All Week

Sunday Night Prep to Eat Clean All Week

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There is nothing easy about making most of your meals from scratch.  I don’t care who you are, or how long you’ve been cooking and how much you love it, at the end of the day we all would love to put our feet up and have food delivered to our doorstep or swing through the drive-thru.  You can always take that option, but who wants processed garbage full of artificial ingredients linked to diabetes, obesity, heart conditions, and more, when you can provide your family with wholesome, healthy, home cooked meals?  And the best part, for me at least, is spending valuable time with my girls by giving them small tasks to help me, and teaching them all about healthy foods and why it’s important to eat them.  The worst part — clean up, but thank goodness for dishwashers!  :)

Sunday night has become my prep night for the week.  If I spend a couple hours Sunday night getting ready for the week, it’s pretty much a given that we will eat clean, healthy meals the rest of the week.  Since we were out of town last week, I came home and cleaned out the refrigerator completely before heading to the store.  Now it’s safe to show you the inside.

REFRIGERATOR AND PANTRY CLEAN OUT:

Before heading to the store I clean everything out.  Check what I have and don’t have and make a list.  I don’t do much meal planning, I would love to one day, but for now I have my staple items I pick up and then if I decide to try something new I’ll make another trip to the store later in the week.

PUTTING AWAY GROCERIES:

There are a few things I do to make the rest of the week easier when I’m putting away the groceries.  This takes some time to do, but it’ll save you so much time throughout the week!  If you clean and slice everything when you first get home you don’t have to constantly clean the cutting board, knives, and colander, and the fresh fruits and vegetables are easier to snack since they are ready to eat!

  • Fill the sink with water and distilled white vinegar mixture (about 10 parts water to 1 part vinegar) and rinse all the fruit and vegetables, and rinse everything.  Then set it on a towel to dry.  I rinse berries in a colander separate since they are so soft.  Or you can make the Dr. Oz Produce wash to clean everything.
  • Slice and chop anything that needs to be, and place them all in separate bowls so they are easy to grab for snacks, salad, or to throw in the juicer or blender.
  • I like to cut celery into about 4″ sticks and place it in some water so it stays crisp
  • Breaking down garlic will save to lots of time throughout the week.  I love garlic in everything and it’s easier to use when the cloves are separated and cleaned.

COOKING SUNDAY NIGHT FOR THE WEEK:

There are so many things you can make quickly that will help make sure your meals are ready fast!  If you spend a couple hours Sunday night, you can get breakfast for the week taken care of, school lunches out of the way, have fresh fruit and vegetables ready to snack on or for smoothies, and have pasta or grilled chicken and vegetables ready to add to any meal!  Then wiggle your nose and hope the dishes clean themselves.  :)

Here is an example of what I make on Sunday night — quinoa protein bars, hard-boiled eggs, a couple school lunches, mason jar salads, and some overnight oats.

Most of the recipes on this site can be made ahead and frozen.  Here are some ideas for you to try:

  • Cook a box of pasta or quinoa to place it in a covered container in the refrigerator.  Then you could use the pasta later in the week for Pistachio Pesto Pasta or use the quinoa to make Quinoa Protein Bars or Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa.
  • Hard-boil some eggs for breakfast, snack, or to use in egg salad sandwiches.
  • Grill chicken and  vegetables and place them in a covered container to use throughout the week for wraps, pasta, or quesadillas.
  • Pancakes are always a staple in my house and they take just minutes to make.  I will make a double batch Sunday night to use for breakfast, snacks, or dinner.  Then if any are leftover after a few days, I will freeze them.
  • Muffins are great to have for snack and breakfast on the go!  Most muffins can be made in 30 – 40 minutes and use a lot of the same ingredients as pancakes so go ahead and make them at the same time.
  • Soups are great to make ahead, and you can always freeze whatever you have leftover so make a double batch!
  • Overnight Oats only a few ingredients and take a couple minutes to throw together.  I usually make enough for two days — breakfast ready for two days and it only takes me 5 minutes Sunday night?  That’s my kind of meal!
  • Homemade pesto and hummus are two things I’ve starting making recently.  I can’t believe I never made before but now that I do I can’t go back to store bought.  They take minutes and it’s all done in the food processor!  Then I can use them on wraps, pasta, dipping sauces, and salads.
  • Homemade granola is another thing I’ve starting making from scratch that is so simple.  You can use it as cereal, to top off some yogurt, and it makes a great gift!
  • Make a couple days worth of school lunches on Sunday night.  It’ll save you so much trouble throughout the week if you take care of two – three days at once!
  • Mason jars salads will help you get a healthy lunch that is ready to go and is already packed to take to work for the week.  They will stay good for four to five days in the refrigerator and take just a few minutes to make, especially if you took the time to clean and chop off the vegetables.
  • Mason Jar Yogurt Parfaits are great for breakfast, or pack them to take with you for lunch.


Hope this helps you eat clean, healthy, and quickly!

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BusyWorkingMama July 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

You’ve got some great ideas! I need to try the mason jar salads. AND I need to pre-wash my fruits and veggies. I am always paranoid to do that with berries, though. My mother taught me that getting them wet will make them spoil faster. I’ll have to experiment.

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greenplaterule July 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I haven’t had a problem with my berries, as long as there is vinegar in the water. I read it on Pinterest, tried it, and it works! We go through berries fast — just a couple days, so I’m sure that helps too! :)

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Mike August 9, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I tried this with raspberries and they ruined! All my other berries seemed ok though.

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greenplaterule August 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

Oh no, Mike! I’m so sorry that happened to you. I haven’t noticed a difference in the berries but I will keep an extra close eye on the raspberries from now on. Thanks for letting me know.

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betsy August 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm

i have done 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water for POUNDS and POUNDS blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. It works!! If you have a problem with raspberries, it could be that they were overripe (already pretty mushy) and/or over drenched. They only need to be wet for a few moments. Since raspberries are so delicate, one way to do it is either:
(1) put raspberries in a strainer, dip the whole strainer into a large bowl (containing the vinegar solution) for just 15-30 seconds, pull out, let drip dry, and then carefully dry the raspberries with a paper towel or cloth, or
(2) place raspberries in a strainer, pour the vinegar solution over the raspberries, let drip dry and then dry with a cloth or paper towel.

Ashleigh March 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm

My raspberries always get ruined when I use this wash too. Everything else is great though. The raspberries get all squished and nasty.

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tera January 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm

So true, vinegar makes fruits last a few days more!!!!!

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Caihley July 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I’ve heard that as well but I have tried the vinegar and water soak and love it. As long as you lay them out on a towel to dry before you store them I’ve noticed they actually stay fresh longer! And since they are clean and ready to eat they are always used before they go bad.

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Ikeda August 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm

If you cut the tops off of your strawberries they last longer, we do this at our restaurants.

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Don November 13, 2012 at 11:23 pm

This is a great tip! Love strawberries

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Nicole September 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm

If you place a paper towel between each layer of washed and “dried” berries this will make them last longer.. I’ve been doing this forever and makes my berries last longer..

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Sam September 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Oh no. Washing your veggies is a must! I used to complain about my fruits and veggies spoiling before we could eat them. I’ve been washing my fruits and veggies right after grocery shopping for about two years now, and they last for weeks! Yes, at least two weeks. Think about it. The farmers use chemicals to speed up the ripening process. If you don’t wash those chemicals off as soon as you buy it, it’s just sitting in the fridge continuing to ripen. Which of course leads to rotten fruits and veggies in just days. Really try it.

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Katharine in Brussels December 28, 2012 at 5:51 am

Really happy to hear that pre-washing veg won’t contribute to spoilage. A gf told me she never washes until just before eating due to worries over spoilage. I stopped pre-washing and preparing veg after that and my family’s health is not suffering from that. I really don’t have the time during the week to prepare meals 100% from scratch so this is just great to hear.

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Austin January 13, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Hmmm I never actually thought about it like that. I’m always looking for ways to save my fresh groceries…and my money. Thanks! :)

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LazyCupOfTea January 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I rinse my fresh produce in white vinegar. It washes off the pesticides (works best if soaked for a few minutes- you can fill the sink with vinegar and water and soak larger amounts of produce). It also works to remove mold causing bacteria which extends he shelf life of fresh berries. I do it all the time, so useful. I save tons of money and do not throw things out anymore.

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Erin January 20, 2013 at 6:56 am

I use vinegar/water to clean all of my fruits and veggies. I live in China, where pesticides are unregulated, and you never really know if your veggies were exposed to parasites in the soil. A good friend of mine with a phd in agriculture told me to soak fruits and veggies in a distilled white vinegar/water mix (1 to 10, or 1 to 5) for 20 minutes to kill bacteria/parasites from the soil and remove pesticides. I have never gotten sick from my home prepared foods and my veggies are always nice and crisp! Its a great way to wash broccoli and other veggies that are hard to scrub.

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Snofzinger March 10, 2013 at 9:25 am

Great tip: wash fresh fruits and veggies in a 10-1 water -vinegar solution . It kills the bacteria and the fruit and veggies will stay crisp and fresh for over a week!!

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Cassie July 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I love this! All of this! I rely far too much on my crock pot for easy meal planning, but if I do this, too? Unstoppable!

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Shanna July 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I’m interested in making some muffins, but the recipe calls for chia seeds. Where do you buy those?

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greenplaterule July 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Hi Shanna — I find them in the bulk section at my Whole Foods. If you do not have a health food store close to you, you can find them online — amazon.com, barleans.com, and bobsredmill.com. Let me know if you have any problems. Have a great day!

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Julie August 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm

If you have a Trader Joe’s near by they have some.

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Andrea January 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Costco carries Chia seeds now too – at least here in WA

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Amy @ A Little Nosh January 13, 2014 at 5:09 pm

My regular grocery store, Safeway, carries chia seeds.

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erin July 30, 2012 at 8:06 am

it looks like a lot of your items in your fridge aren’t covered– is that for the photo, or is that how you store them? i’ve always kept things covered and sealed, but i suppose it’s just out of habit. which would be okay to leave open in the fridge, without getting wilty?
thanks!

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greenplaterule July 30, 2012 at 8:47 am

I keep prepared foods like pasta, hummus, pesto, quinoa, school lunches, salads, and overnight oats covered but leave a lot of the produce uncovered. Especially berries and celery since I’m always reaching in to grab some for a snack! :)

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erin July 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm

such a great idea. i’m a big meal planner, but often scrap my plans when i realize i don’t have time to simply chop an onion! i’d love to do something like this and prep food all at once. thanks so much for the tips!

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Emily September 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

I’ve been reydrating 2 tbsp of minced onion for recipes that call for an onion. It makes it tons easier. You still get the taste of onion and some of the texture, but no tears and saves lots of time.

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M January 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

A few years ago I found chopped onions in the freezer aisle. Now I chop and freeze my own. So easy to use in any recipe and such a time saver. Works for celery too.

Megan January 7, 2014 at 10:04 pm

I chop up onions, carrots, celery and peppers and freeze them in ziplock bags so I always have done chopped and ready to go. Works great.

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Amber January 9, 2014 at 9:02 pm

I have heard of issues with onions… not sure how true it is, but I’d heard that you shouldn’t chop onions ahead of time because they can hold and absorb germs such as cold and flu germs… you might be OK if you chop and freeze right away. Like I said, not sure how true it is, I know it SOUNDS weird… but you never know. They say that if you’re going to put onions on your burger or hot dog and you’re out at a self serve condiments place to NEVER get the raw onions, always get the cooked ones… maybe someone can look into this and see if there’s any weight to it.

I do LOVE all these ideas for storing veggies and fruit though… I just finished doing a bunch of prep work on Sunday too :) Good luck with healthy eating all! But, remember, starches turn to sugar in your body… so, simply cutting down on surgars won’t cut the mustard! Need to get off of potatoes, breads, pastas etc too! :) And fruit can have ALOT of sugar in it so keep that in mind too!

Kathy January 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm

If you chop them and put them in ice cube trays, it works well for recipes also.

Amy July 31, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I just wanted to say that this is such a great well planned out tip! I cannot wait to implement it into my new routine!! Thank you so much!

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greenplaterule July 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Hi Amy, thank you so much for the message! Have a great day!

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Shawna July 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Do you wash your spinach and greens also? How well does the spinach have to dry before you put it away. Thanks so much for the ideas!

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greenplaterule July 31, 2012 at 6:54 pm

The spinach I buy is organic, and pre-washed…I know I should still wash it but that only happens once in a blue mooon. :) The spinach stays fresher, longer when I remove it from the store bought container and package it up in mason jars (see the mason jar salad post). Those salads will stay for four – five days! I will pre-wash my kale, and let it dry out on the towel, along with everything else. If it’s still damp when you are putting it away, place a paper towel around it to help absorb any moisture. It should keep for several days. I go through kale quickly, it’s almost always the first thing gone when I come home from the store, so I’m not sure exactly how many days it’ll last. Thanks for the question, Shawna! Have a great day.

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cassi August 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

My mother washes her spinach then freezes it. After its frozen she crumbles it up to put in smoothies. It works great!

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Anita Mordue October 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Thank you for sharing the spinach freezing tip – I will be trying it soon.

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ter@waaoms December 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm

great tip about spinach… I put it in my smoothies too and this would be a great time saving tip. :)

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Stephanie January 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I am a new Pinterest “junkie” and came across your site today — hooray!! I am so excited to dig into everything I can hardly wait. I wanted to offer a tip with veggies that I recently found on Pinterest: after washing and drying thoroughly, store them wrapped in a dry paper towel and then wrapped in aluminum foil. For those that would like to see the actual pin, feel free to check out my boards: Stephanie Harter. I have this one posted under “veggies”. Thanks again, and so looking forward to following your site!

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Lisa May 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I’d love to know what you’re doing with kale to use it so quickly! I’ve only found one recipe that calls for it and could use some more ideas.

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greenplaterule June 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I add it to almost all my smoothies, and use it in salads! :)

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Melanie Rebane Photography January 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I love adding Kale to veggie lasagna (first I fry it in a little olive oil til crisp) and also add it to soups and I sneak it inot pasta saucees and smoothies :)

Milly January 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm

It works really well in lasagna or canneloni I chop it quite fine for all uses. And I use it in scrambled eggs. Gives all of it a crunch where just smooth existed.

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Lorri August 1, 2012 at 12:50 am

I love this post! I’m so psyched to get my fridge to look like this! And be able to grab fresh fruit and veggies that are already prepared! Do you use mostly glass containers? Curious because glass is expensive and we’re on a budget! Thanks again for the awesome post! (found it via Pinterest by the way, and now I LOVE your site!)

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greenplaterule August 1, 2012 at 6:52 am

Hi Lorri, I’m so glad you found this helpful! We are making the switch the glass and getting rid of plastic. It’s the safest option but you’re right, much more expensive. When you’re buying plastic make sure to look for BPA-free, and as you find glass storage on sale consider it. I save the bed, bath, and beyond coupons I get in the mail for new glass storage. Thank you for the message. Have a great day!

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Shawna August 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm

You can also find individual glass containers at the Salvation Army, Savers, and the like. It is good to price a set first to make sure you aren’t paying too much but it is a another good way to replace plastic on a budget. :)

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greenplaterule August 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Great idea, Shawna! Thanks!

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Sarah August 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm

You can find vintage Pyrex at thrift stores which is glass and beautiful. There are also always mason jars there too.

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Erin Graham September 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Ball Mason jars are easy and fairly cheap to acquire, in my opinion. You can find them in pkgs. of 12 to 24 at Walmart and even Kroger. They come in various sizes, and run between $8 – $24! And since you re-wash glass containers and don’t have to keep re-buying, they are a good investment any way! :)

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Ashley January 14, 2014 at 10:34 am

I am gradually making the switch to glass as well. I use the smaller pyrex sets. I found at walmart a pyrex set with smaller pieces great for portioning and a couple bigger ones I really didn’t need for $17. I plan to sell the bigger ones I didn’t need on my FB local garage sale site so I will get some of that back.

I also went to Marshalls and found some additional small pieces I wanted for $3.99-$5.99 not the cheapest but I bought another $25 worth with some xmas money I got.

Don’t focus on switching all at once on a budget just get like one piece a month if you can’t afford to pay $20 at once. Find a single piece here and there – thrift stores are great to as well as ebay but make sure they have the lids already – kind of pointless to have glass containers and then have to use plastic to cover them (like press n seal or plastic wrap or foil) – just wastes money.

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Cheree January 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I actually was wondering the same thing but instead…… I gutted my fridge and anything that I was throwing out Ex: salsa, jelly, pickles….. I emptied the containers and soaked the lids and glasses in very hot water about 5 mins then took a small sharp knive and removed the excess glue…… After I followed the first step here ( cleaning fridge) I had 9 glass jars! It took alittle over a hour to dump, clean, wash but it didn’t cost me a dime! Good luck!

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Kendra February 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm

That was a great tip! We save jars as well, the best are the ones from Costco peaches. Thanks so much for this post, very motivating. I really appreciate the positivity of the community here.

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Shreya March 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

Hi

I wash my veggies and towel dry them before placing them in reusable perforated zipper veggie bags. I’ve never tried freezing veggies but seems worth a shot seeing how positive this group is about it.

I also reuse my glass jars after soaking them in warm water and I use a scrub pad to clear labels out.

PS – I’m so glad to have found this page!

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Linda B March 17, 2013 at 3:38 am

Do you have a link, or could you tell me where you buy a perforated zipper veggie bag? Not sure exactly what that looks like.
Thanks!

Lee January 8, 2014 at 9:44 am

Also, many jars from pickles, salsa, etc. are the same size at the opening as mason jars, so I buy just the mason lids cheaply to use on recycled jars. Then I’m not confused by the old store bought lids.

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Kristy Neeley August 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm

With 4 kids and one on the way I have been trying to get into good habits chore wiset that keep us eating healthy and keep things going smoothly before the school year stars as we homeschool. THANKS!! Great ideas! Kristy from my healthy, crafty, homeschool blog at http://www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com

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Kristy Neeley August 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Where id d you get your cool lunch containers? I love them? I love planetbox but can not afford that . Yours looks like a nice bpa free option!
Thanks!

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greenplaterule August 2, 2012 at 8:07 am

I love the planetbox lunches as well! These are Ziploc brand rectangular divided containers. I can find them at almost any superstore. They’re great for packing lunch!

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Leah August 2, 2012 at 12:49 am

I love this! Great ideas on your website. I’m all for it.

Thanks!

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greenplaterule August 2, 2012 at 7:58 am

Thanks, Leah! It makes the week much easier. :) Have a great day!

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Missy P August 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

This is wonderful information!
What fruits or vegetables do you suggest not cutting ahead of time? I know some do discolor when chopped in advance, such as apples and avocados. Do you know of any others?
Thank you!

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greenplaterule August 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

Apples, peas, avocado, peaches, plums, oranges, and strawberries (do not slice them, just rinse and dry), are the only one’s I leave whole. I will cut apples and avocado if I’m adding them to a mason jar salad, but I coat them in fresh lemon juice first and make sure to use them within a few days. Oranges, peaches, plums, and other juicy fruits will not go bad but they do dry out a bit. The trick with celery is keeping it in water. It’ll stay really crisp up to a week that way. Bell peppers are best if used within a few days of being sliced, or I would leave them whole. They are pricey compared to other veggies so you don’t want those to go bad! :)
Have a great day!

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Melissa August 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

You can use pineapple juice for sliced apples. They will not turn brown. They stay crisp and more turn to the apple flavor.

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Colleen August 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I’ve just discovered your site through Pinterest and I love your tips. I’m sure I will be visiting quite often. As for the bell peppers… I absolutely love red bell peppers and will eat the plain and raw often as a snack. I wash them, cut them, pat them dry with a paper towel and store them in a plastic lidded container with a dry paper towel to keep the moisture down. They will keep for a least a week for me, sometimes a lot more.

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Jessica August 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Do you slice your cucumbers, too? I’ve found that mine get slimy after a couple of days…

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greenplaterule August 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I will slice cucumbers if they are going into something — school lunch, salad, etc. But those are usually being used within 3 days. I wouldn’t slice a cucumber and leave it in there all week, but I would clean the cucumber when I get home from the store so that it’s ready to go when I need it!

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Jessica August 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

Thanks!

Joy January 2, 2013 at 4:36 am

My daughter is a big avocado eater in the morning for breakfast. Usually she only eats half. I have found that if you cover the cut side of the avocado with the empty skin it lasts longer. I usually keep it on the counter for her afternoon snack.

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Angie March 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

I learned a great tip for storing avocados or guacamole – spray with a layer of cooking spray or olive oil. It seals it against the air and keep the fruit from browning.

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Rachel Chadwick August 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Our Wal-Greens carries them in the vitamin section.

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Teresa August 3, 2012 at 1:39 am

So do you shop on Sunday too.

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greenplaterule August 3, 2012 at 6:20 am

Hi Teresa. That’s the plan. Last week I didn’t make it to the store on the weekend, so I went Tuesday. Whatever day I shop, is the day I prep. Have a great day!

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Britney {Jesse's Girl} August 3, 2012 at 11:33 am

I’m so glad I stumbled upon this blog! It really motivated me and now, hopefully, I’ll be able to STICK to healthy eating next week thanks to early preparation! Thanks!

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greenplaterule August 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Hi Britney! Thanks you for the message. Keep me posted how it works for you! Have a great day!

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Linda August 3, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Great site! I use a fruit/veggie wash that I learned from the book Fat Flush by Anne Louise Gittleman.. At first I was reluctant to use it but it does work very well and it’s safe. It’s 1 tsp Clorox bleach (Clorox only) to one gallon of distilled or filtered water. I soak most fruits and veggies with thick skin for 30 minutes in my sink, then soak in plain water for 30 minutes. I then dry them as you do and store. The sound of bleach does seem a bit harsh but when it’s in 1 gallon of water it’s really diluted and does a great job cleaning off those pesticides. For more information you can google it or read about it in the book.

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greenplaterule August 4, 2012 at 5:33 am

Thanks, Linda. Glad you enjoy the site. I haven’t tried or heard about using bleach to clean my fruit. I’m interested to read why she recommends it but I can’t imagine ever using it. Thanks for the information. Have a great day!

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BarbaraJM August 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I have been using the bleach wash for 22 years. I can tell when I don’t use it. I found out about the bleach wash from Harvey and Marilyn Diamond’s bestselling book “Fit for Life”. Just a note: We practiced food combining for my husbands IBS, I could not tell a difference and no longer practice food combining. I did not stop using the bleach wash even with organic vegetables. I do not use bleach under any circumstance for anything else. I still use several of the recipes from the book.

“Harvey and Marilyn Diamond’s bestselling book “Fit for Life” was first published in 1985, and was re-released in 2010. The diet’s emphasis on raw fruits and vegetables is once again in vogue, as raw diets and restaurants proliferate across the nation. The diet has always been the subject of controversy, as its assertions about food combining have never been proven.”

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/488184-harvey-marilyn-diamonds-diet/#ixzz23kXUuJFS

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Jennifer Scogin August 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm

What about mushrooms? To you prewash these? I usually meal plan, shop for everything on Saturday or Sunday. Usually if the menu has mushrooms on a later day my mushrooms are all slimy so normally have to eat them early or throw them out. Wondering if prewashing or any tips to help these last longer.

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greenplaterule August 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I would not prewash mushrooms. When I buy mushrooms (not often for us), I take a damp cloth and run it over them quickly just before cooking. Thanks for the question, Jennifer. Have a great day.

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Aimee March 11, 2013 at 10:32 am

My mom loves mushrooms and she washes them right after buying and lays them out to dry on towels. Once they are completely dry, she stores them in a brown paper bag (folded to seal) in the fridge. The mushrooms last a long time this way.

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Misty August 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I love this post!!! I’m curious ad to what you pack your kids for school lunches when you prepare them Sunday night. Thank you! :)

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greenplaterule August 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Hi Misty! Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! All sort sorts of things will stay good for a couple days and I try to use whatever I’m cooking for the week to make it easier. I almost always make pancakes so I’ll set aside a couple for their lunch, and the same with muffins. Pasta, hard boiled eggs, and yogurt do great packed up, and they love carrots and cucumbers, so I usually slice some up.

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Megan August 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I prepped lunches for my husband and I last night and it was so nice this morning to just grab lunches to go! I also made the quinoa choc protein bars. Mine turned out sticky and a little soggy. I didn’t have any chai seeds so that may be why. The taste was still okay. I love the concept so I’m going to have to try again and see if the seeds help!

Thanks again! Love your site!

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greenplaterule August 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

So glad this helped you Megan! It makes the week much easier when you prep ahead. Sorry the Quinoa Protein Bars didn’t turn out. You definitely need the chia seeds in them, they help hold it all together and also absorb any excess liquid. Did you freeze them? I keep them in the freezer until I’m about to eat them, or they will get sticky. Hope they turn out next time, but glad they still taste good! :)

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Debc11 August 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I found out about your site via a friend’s pin of the above article on pinterest. I love it!! I have cooked nothing but your recipes the entire weekend! We have made the GF protein pancakes, pumpkin power muffins, overnight oats and grilled vegetables with quinoa. Everything has been delicious & kid approved! Thank you so much!

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greenplaterule August 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Great to hear this post helped you and that you enjoyed all the recipes! Thank you for the message.

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Judy August 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I don’t know what website means. Can you tell I am new at this. Can you email me to let me know what else I need to do to receive your emails? Love this site.

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greenplaterule August 10, 2012 at 9:31 am

Hi Judy, you can subscribe to emails at the top right of the page. There is a place to add your email. There are also links to other social media at the top left of the page. I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I’m so glad you like the site! :)

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Heather August 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I have been making my own pesto as well from all our fresh basil in the garden. Any tips on storing it though? I freeze a lot, but in the fridge after a day or so it turns a very brownish green. I love pesto on everything, and I would love to know how to store it so it lasts in the fridge all week? Thanks! :)

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greenplaterule August 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Hi Heather. Do you add a couple tbsp of fresh lemon juice to your pesto? I add some to mine and it says good for a while in the refrigerator. I have pesto that was made Sunday in the refrigerator now and still looks good in there. If I’m not going to use it within a few days I will freeze it and defrost the night before. Either way, making it Sunday night helps me! :)

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Heather August 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I’ve never tried lemon juice, but I will in my next batch! Thanks!!!!!!

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Kelly March 21, 2013 at 2:09 am

I’ve also heard that if you blanch the basil leaves before you make the pesto that it won’t turn brown.

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Erin August 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Wrap celery in foil and it will last forever!

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greenplaterule August 10, 2012 at 8:10 am

Great to know! Thanks, Erin.

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Deanna Dean August 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

I’d love to see your grocery shopping list! I need some inspiration :0)

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greenplaterule August 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm

That’s a great idea, Deanna! I’ll share that sometime in the upcoming weeks. :) I do have some of my staple pantry items listed under the pantry section, and will continue to add to that list!

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Shelby Lujan August 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I was wondering if you could put together like a typical grocery list for you so I can get an idea of what and how much you usually buy! That would be amazing! Thanks!

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greenplaterule August 14, 2012 at 5:32 am

A couple people have asked for that, so I will work on it. Thanks, Shelby. Have a great day.

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Koreen August 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Just found the blog and it looks great! I was looking at Planetbox lunch boxes for when I was student teaching, but they were way out of my budget. I was so lucky to find the Sistema Lunch Cube. It was about $5 at the Container Store, but I saw that you can get them online at Amazon. The link is below. I really like the cube! It’s easy to clean, durable, BPA free and can hold a fair amount of food. Something to definitely check out.
http://www.amazon.com/Sistema-Klip-Lunch-Container-48-Ounce/dp/B002B4S75I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345408252&sr=8-1&keywords=sistema+lunch+cube

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Kendyl August 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I am really enjoying this site! Would you be willing to post your hummus recipe?

Thanks!

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greenplaterule August 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Sure thing, Kendyl! It’ll be another week before it goes up since the next week is already planned but it’ll be up soon. :)

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jamie August 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm

the vinegar and water solution makes strawberries for example last so much longer. I was really suprised. I would definitely suggest doing it. Also if you choose to not cut up celery, wrap it in aluminum foil. I am not sure why but it will not go limp like it does if its left in the plastic it comes in.

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bjd September 2, 2012 at 5:59 am

I tried it last week with strawberries and blueberries and my strawberries went soft faster than when I didn’t soak them. HOWEVER, they had been in the back of my car for a few hours before I got home…so that might be why.

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Ksenija August 21, 2012 at 3:16 am

What an amazing post! It really makes me wanna prep my stuff ahead from now on. Thanks a lot for sharing this inspiration and also this heap of useful recipes.

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Heather August 24, 2012 at 8:22 am

hello! this is SUCH a great idea! thank you so much for this info.

quick side note for health nuts: white vinegar is actually really bad to use with your foods, as it’s unhealthy to consume, and it soaking in your food is probably not a good idea, however, apple cider vinegar is good for you, and works just as well if not better, to clean fruits and veggies. :) just putting that out there. no biggie.

thanks again for all this great advice/ideas! :D

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bjd September 2, 2012 at 5:57 am

The ratio of 10:1 vinegar:water makes it fine. Plus you can rinse the fruits/veg with plain water after soaking them. And…I disagree that it’s unhealthy…what about cooking with vinegar, or making dressings, marinades?

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Donna Rose August 28, 2012 at 1:52 am

Thank you for these wonderful ideas. I just came from the doctor and she told me I had to lose weight or risk several big health problems. After seeing “green plate rule”, I finally have the game plan to make this happen for me. Thank You!

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greenplaterule August 31, 2012 at 6:19 am

Hi Donna. Great to hear this is helping you make a good game plan! Good luck to you on improving your health and well-being. Have a great day!

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bjd September 2, 2012 at 5:56 am

Thanks for some ideas! I found you on Pinterest and have bookmarked your blog onto my Chrome! I had a meltdown about a week ago about how much weight I gained. I had a baby a little over a year ago, and had been a little overweight and decided that after the baby, it would be like a fresh start and I would lose the weight! Well, now a year later, I tried on my bridesmaids dress for a wedding in 2 weeks, and it doesn’t fit. Had a little minor meltdown and decided that enough is enough! I’m going to start eating healthier and better and work out. The only problem is that my husband works 80 hours a week, I work 40, we’re renovating a house, and we obviously have a 1 year old to take care of. So if I can prepare meals ahead of time for us for dinner, that would be HUGE!! I can’t wait to scroll through your blog!

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greenplaterule September 2, 2012 at 6:11 am

I really hope this helps you! It so hard with a little one and a busy schedule!! I do my best on the blog to share very simple recipes, that can be made ahead of time, so hopefully you find several ideas and recipes to help you. I’m glad you found the site and hoping for the best for you and your family.

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MARCIA September 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm

CHeck your local thrift stores, they have lots of glass storage containers, new stock brought in often too!

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Adriana September 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Hi Victoria,

I have started doing the Sunday night prep and it is AMAZING, thank you so much. I am going to try the overnight oatmeal in the next few days but I have a question, could you use fat free regular milk or even water for this?

Thanks again,
Adriana

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greenplaterule September 6, 2012 at 6:59 am

So good to hear it is helping! You can use any liquid for the oats, but I would recommend milk over water.
Have a great day!

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Sandi September 8, 2012 at 7:42 am

Wow, what a fantastic post. I’m always dragging out my chopping board and knife every morning when packing my lunch and it’s such a pain. I can’t believe I didn’t think of doing this! You are brilliant!

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greenplaterule September 9, 2012 at 6:00 am

So glad you found this helpful! It will save so much time during the week. :)

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Cassie September 8, 2012 at 10:25 am

I saw on Pinterest that you should leave cucumbers out of the fridge. I tried it and YUP! they last MUCH longer! I buy the seedless, just like the one in the pic. I take all of the plastic off them as soon as I get them home, and all my non-fridge fruits/veggies go on a 3-tier stand on my counter…you know, the wire kind that you put your own plates into.

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greenplaterule September 9, 2012 at 5:59 am

Great! Thanks for passing on the tip, Cassie!

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Heather September 9, 2012 at 3:11 am

Do you buy organic? Because I try to buy organic so I don’t put all the toxins in my body but organic can be so expensive.

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greenplaterule September 9, 2012 at 5:53 am

I buy organic as often as possible, and always buy organic when it’s something listed on the dirty dozen (apples, berries, peaches, greens, celery), or likely GMO product (corn, canola, soy). Organic produce can add up but I rarely buy meat, and dairy, both are very expensive compared to fruits, veggies, beans, pasta, and quinoa.

You might find some of the info is this post interesting!
http://www.greenplaterule.com/health-nutrition/5-ways-to-eat-green/

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Sarah September 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Any chance you are willing to share your hummus recipe. Last time I tried making homemade hummus it was, well, a disaster! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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greenplaterule September 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm

It will be up next week, Sarah! :)

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Sarah September 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Thank you!

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Connie September 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

I did this after reading your post! Brilliant! I spent less on my weekly shop and actually used everything I bought as I could see it all and knew exactly what was fresh or not. What a simple but excellent idea, thank you so much for sharing. I believe you’ve changed our lives :)

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greenplaterule September 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I loved reading this, Connie! So good to know this helped your family. Have a great day!! :)

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Kimberly September 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Do you have a link to the pancake recipe that you use?
Thanks for the awesome tips!

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greenplaterule September 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Hi Kimberly,
There are two very simple and quick recipes off this site. I’m always trying new recipes and flavors depending on what I have on hand.
Have a great day!

http://www.greenplaterule.com/recipes/gluten-free-oatmeal-pancakes/
http://www.greenplaterule.com/recipes/gluten-free-protein-pancakes/

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sarah September 23, 2012 at 6:12 am

hi This is fantastic, I have been trying to get ideas on food prep and shop and prepare .
I will enjoy using your blog .
Do you use frozen berries ? broccoli ? or fresh organic ?
I have to now go wheat free strictly and wheat and I have struggled with ideas till now .
thank you

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greenplaterule September 23, 2012 at 7:28 am

I use fresh as often as possible, but I always have frozen fruit and vegetables on hand to use when I need it. I’m so happy this has been helpful for you! :)

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Kristin September 24, 2012 at 2:36 am

Thank you for these ideas. I am trying to incorporate juicing with clean eating and I plan on using your techniques. I already used the vinegar, but only as I was preparing to juice. I am happy to see this works to prep ahead of time.
Thanks again,
Kristin (the girl who is trying to finally get healthy)

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greenplaterule September 24, 2012 at 5:45 am

Hi Kristin,
I’m glad you found this helpful! Good luck to you on your journey to a healthier you. :)
Have a great day.

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Cathy Pronovost September 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I love your idea’s for some of your lunches.I have been doing mason jar salads for a while for lunches.Make sure your dressing is in the bottom with you hard veggies carrots,radish ect .If adding cheese add it on the top on your lettuce.I make a few diiferent mixes, cranberries,sliced egg,ect..Takes little time and I have fresh lunches so I am not running out for burgers and fries.Pint size is great for lunches and quart is lots for 2 for supper.You can also add cokked chichen or beef on the top.They seal in the fridge.I think it has to do with the veggies.Thanks for the extra inspiratons.

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Taryn September 28, 2012 at 1:31 am

Hi there,

Do you package your produce in glass or plastic or both? I am always nervous to use plastic because of bpa. What do you think?

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greenplaterule September 28, 2012 at 7:41 am

Hi Taryn,
Since writing this I switching to only glass storage. I so still have some plastics but I only have BPA-free plastic in the house.
Have a great day!

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Holly October 4, 2012 at 1:00 am

Hey there! Love the post! I’m really trying to start losing weight and be more healthy and i’m really getting into the “granola trend” and this was very helpful to me! It seems like an easy way to get started! I will definitely be coming to your blog for advice often!
I wondered, do you need to seal the jars for your mason jar salads and parfaits?
Also, what are your favorite fruits and veggies to leave open for snacking?
Thanks for all your input!

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greenplaterule October 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Hi Holly,
So glad you enjoyed the post! I do seal the lids on parfaits, but leave it open on the fruits and veggies.
Have a great weekend! :)

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Jessica G October 8, 2012 at 10:22 am

Wonderful tips!! Thank you!!

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Rawsea October 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Useless. You should try feeding your kids some not as healthy things too, it’s like keeping a kid in a bubble. Can’t wait till you send me to college and they are broke and can’t digest the food they can afford. Stop being so over protective and live a little. Btw if it took you hours to do that prep in your fridge I suggest some sort of cooking class because that should take all of a half hour including shopping.

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greenplaterule October 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm

This hardly shows everything I do on a Sunday night to get ready for the week. It’s just what happened to be in there when I snapped the photo. Thank you for taking the time to comment, and sorry you can’t find this useful. Have a lovely day! :)

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Molly February 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

Useless? Hardly so. I love these ideas for healthy eating. Ingraining your children to eat healthy will benefit them for the future of their health. Just because we eat healthy in my household doesnt mean we dont cheat once and a while and eat pizza or fast food, we just do it in moderation. This type of prep does take hours, for you to say that it takes only a half hour including shopping is absurd. It takes me half an hour to drive to and from the grocery store…..and if you send your children to college and they can’t afford to get a dollar yogurt parfait or a three dollar chicken wrap, something’s wrong.

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realmomofnj October 22, 2012 at 8:50 am

Great post! I do a lot of the same things you do and it really does save a ton of time. I spend additional time on Sundays making baby food for my 9 month old as well. Yes, I’d rather order out and take a break, but the Sunday efforts for the family really do improve our diet for the whole week! :)

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Katya November 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I love your ideas for the Sunday Night Prep! I can’t wait to try your orange, pear, kale smoothie.

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April December 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I just found you via pinterest and love this article. Its amazing how just pre-washing produce allows you to eat more of it. I notice that my husband just loves grapes and strawberries, but will not wash it himself in the moment. I will also try to use mason jars for storage as I too am trying to go plastic-free. I had never thought of that, and I always have extra jars around. Thanks.

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regina December 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Love this idea. Is there a way to cut up apples ahead of time so they can be snack ready without them turning brown?

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greenplaterule December 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Hi Regina, you can squeeze a little lemon juice on the apples. I’ve also heard that pineapple juice works, but I have not tried using it. Have a great day!

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Christy March 27, 2013 at 11:54 pm

My friend cuts apples, then soaks them in salt water (a few teaspoons in a whole bowl). They last 3-5 days without turning brown! :)

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Jodie Menhenett December 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm

These are wonderful ideas, thank you. I’ve always believed however that the moment you prep fresh foods you begin to loose nutrients?

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Dawn December 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Great ideas! But I have very picky kids when it comes to lunch! Any ideas on kids lunches?? :)

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Laurie December 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Very interesting site! I just wanted to comment on cutting up fruits and veges ahead of time: I have heard that once they are cut, oxidation causes nutrition to decrease, especially micro nutrients. I guess you have to weigh your time and priorities, but just know this and minimize the cutting ahead when possible.

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greenplaterule December 23, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Thank you for checking out the site, Laurie! Yes, once you cut fruit and vegetables they do start to lose nutrition, but it’s not in large amounts. The only way I know to snack on raw fruits and vegetables throughout the week is to prep some ahead of time, so I’m willing to give up some vitamins for the convenience. I do not cut everything — usually apples, pears, berries and oranges stay whole, and same with avocado and cucumber, unless I’m adding them to mason jar salads. Here’s an article explaining the way fruit and vegetables loose nutrition — http://nutrition.about.com/od/askyournutritionist/f/cutveg.htm

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Phoebe December 27, 2012 at 4:07 am

You can also prep fresh chopped onions for cooking. Place them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before slicing to reduce tearing. Then dice them and store them in the freezer. You can use a couple tablespoons at a time and not have to chop every time you cook.

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Mandy December 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Great tip about the onions!!!!

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Jessica January 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I cut avocados and take out the seed and freeze them in a ziplock, I will either take out a half or two and let thaw or stick it in the microwave, they come out great.

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Rachel Nolting February 3, 2013 at 12:40 am

Wow, didn’t realize you could freeze avocados! Are they still green when they come out of the freezer??

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Debbie January 4, 2013 at 7:30 am

I get veggies/fruits delivered weekly and I was having a hard time storing them to get the longest life span out of them. I found the mason jar salads on Pinterest and tried that. The lettuce stays fresh for up to 10 days (twice as long as ziploc bags)! I’ve stocked up on Mason jars!!!

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Jenny Layton January 25, 2013 at 12:56 am

I love your post! Eating healthy is easy when you take the time to prepare. I like to chop onion, green pepper, and mushrooms at the beginning of the week, and then I have them ready to make a quick omelet for breakfast in the morning. Thanks for all of the tips!

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Rachel Nolting February 3, 2013 at 12:36 am

Hi and thanks for your posts and tips for eating clean all week – it’s going to be a challenge but definitely worth a try! Just wondering what your typical grocery list includes???

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Tiffany February 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I just wanted to say I really enjoyed reading this information. I think that the ruining of the vegetables is the biggest thing that made me stop buying fresh and I started buying canned or frozen. I am so glad I found this! I will be trying this all tomorrow when I go shopping! It sounds like it will make things a lot easier and the vegetables last longer. Now I just have to read back through and write down each thing that I can go ahead and cut up. I am excited to make this change for my family!

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Shannon Jones February 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I love the idea of the vinegar wash for fruits and veggies, but my daughter has food allergies and cannot use white vinegar. Would apple cider vinegar be okay to use instead? I, too, have always heard never to wash the fruits and veggies until you are ready to eat them, but I guess drying them before storing makes a difference. Thanks for the info!

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tracy February 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm

So can you give some hints w the pancakes? I have made and frozen them before and they never taste right reheated. Same thing w reheating from the fridge. My daughter loves them and it would be nice to make them once a week instead of 3-4 times.

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greenplaterule February 17, 2013 at 5:38 pm

I defrost the frozen pancakes in the refrigerator, then to warm them up I put them in the toaster. That way they are not soggy. Hope that helps you!

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shawn February 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

eating meat and dairy is not eating clean.

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greenplaterule February 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm

According to who? Everyone’s definition of eating clean is different. To me, eating clean is removing all the chemicals from your diet. I do not eat meat and dairy (if you spent any amount of time looking on this site, you would see that), but I’m aware that my lifestyle may not be right for everyone. My biggest concern, and reason for starting this blog, is to help people stop eating the processed garbage full of dangerous chemicals in the stores.

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Lynn Cleveland February 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm

What brand are the divided containers in the photo?

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greenplaterule February 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Ziploc divided containers.

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Linda B March 17, 2013 at 3:30 am

Wow, thank you for this inspiring post! This is a goal I plan to work toward. I will start with 1-2 parts of this at a time, because this is somewhat new to me. These steps look doable, and would help me and my husband eat more healthfully with less stress during the week.

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Prabhanthi March 17, 2013 at 3:35 am

Hi, Its a wonderful site full of information for ppl who are into healthy living. I recently started pre-planning food for the week. I am from Sri Lanka and we love our curries (cooked in clay pots) and curries always needs inions. The problem is that i have heard that you are not supposed to keep cut onions cause it gathers germs and tend to give stomach problems. Have you heard of this and i wonder whether freezing cut onions sort this problem? What i do generally do is keep every thing ready except for onions and cut that at the time of cooking.
One more thing have you heard about Angiogenesis and Dr. William Li. Your site just make my stance to make my family healthier with fresh fruits and veges much more possible. Thanks.

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Steph March 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Hi! I love the Mason salad jar idea. What size jar is in the picture? Thank you!

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Marcia April 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm

YOu said you like garlic, I also use a lot of garlic daily….I make a garlic paste. In the food processor I put garlic cloves, some salt and olive oil. You can refrigerate in air tight container and it keeps fresh for weeks.

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Emma Madison May 19, 2013 at 10:49 pm

I think the beautiful photograph of the inside of your refrigerator is one of the best advertisements for clean eating I’ve ever seen! I also do my food prep for the week on Sunday nights and I’m amazed at how much time it saves during the week. Thanks for the information-filled post!

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Sue June 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

Found you via Pinterest… have made my shopping list & plan to prep on Sunday evening..

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Olivia Lane July 22, 2013 at 11:30 am

genius! i’m making efforts to eat healthier more consistently so this is really helpful. thank you! i shared your strawberries and cream smoothie recipe on my blog today too.

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Jody October 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Thank you for this inspiring post! And to all of you who have left great tips and asked great follow up questions in the comments section. I stumbled upon this at the perfect time – I’m ready to get started!

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Tracy Batwinas October 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm

You website totally rocks. This is the best website I’ve visited in months, and I’m looking forward to blog updates. Thank you…

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Justin Proctor January 4, 2014 at 12:50 pm

The best part about this article (and your site) is that you don’t sugar coat anything! Most people make the transition to healthy living sound soooo easy. But you present both sides of the coin, and that is helpful. Keep it up!

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Ashley January 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Great tips! Got any for cherry or grape tomatoes? I cant keep them from wrinkling and spoiling!

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Tiana January 9, 2014 at 4:13 am

Keep them in a bowl instead of the plastic container. Wash as you need them. Once they go wrinkly (but not mouldy) they actually are fantastic for cooking- I actually wait till then- the flavour is more concentrated. Great in tomato sauces, etc. Tomatoes start to die in the fridge and it makes them mealy.

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Brittany January 7, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Hey! Love your blog~curious about your pancakes? What’s your recipe? Looking for a good recipe:) Thanks! Can’t wait to try your ideas!!

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greenplaterule January 9, 2014 at 8:41 am
laurie January 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm

great ideas. I have always washed and prepped fruits and veggies when I get home, or no one will take the time to eat them. if you are doing smoothies a much easier thing is to use frozen fruit rather than what you prep. it is already clean and you do not need to add ice to the smoothie. just add carrots and spinach that are already washed and you have a great smoothie with a little time.

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Tiana January 9, 2014 at 4:11 am

Yup the berry thing is only useful if you use them quickly- berries have what’s called a blush on them that naturally protects them- so wash as you go!

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Kate January 9, 2014 at 8:00 am

I have been looking for a new source of inspiration for clean eating and cooking! So glad a friend shared this on Facebook. Great tips! My family is going out of town this weekend and will be back Monday… I think I’ll surprise them with a clean fridge (food and all) when they get home Monday! :-) I look forward to reading more on this site!

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greenplaterule January 9, 2014 at 8:38 am

Thank you for the message, Kate!

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Mo January 10, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Foods grown with pesticides are grown in the same pesticide and fertilizer drenched soil year after year. Those chemicals are “ingested” by the plant.
YOU CAN’T WASH THAT OFF!!!
The only way to limit your pesticide intake, is to eat organically grown food.
Period.

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Liah Beeth January 11, 2014 at 5:34 am

Preparing food for the week does sound like a great idea. However, chopping up veggies and fruits when you only need them some days later will result in the loss of precious vitamins and other nutrients. Especially storing veggies in water will have the same effect, if not stronger. Using frozen veggies and fruits, as already recommended is much more advisable if saving time is the first priority.

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Holly C January 13, 2014 at 6:59 pm

One should always wash their fruit / veggies that are bought from a store and not just because there could be chemicals on them. There are many many people all day handling that produce and how do you know how many have not washed their hands after using the store’s washroom or have blown their nose and then picked up an orange ! I work in a grocery store. Wash your produce !!

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Gie Velasquez January 14, 2014 at 2:25 am

Thanks for posting. I really need this.

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DOREE January 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm

SHOULDNT YOU ADD GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT TO YOUR WASH?

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