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Part 2 of 3: How to Make Cooking Easier | Meal Planning Tips

Welcome back, hungry readers! In our last post, we talked about the essential kitchen tools you need to make cooking easier. Now, it's time to talk about meal planning. As much as we love the thrill of spontaneous cooking, having a meal plan in place can save you time, money, and stress. Plus, it can help you make healthier choices by ensuring you have a balanced diet.

Here are some meal planning tips to help you get started:

1: Plan your meals for the week

Take some time to plan out what you're going to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next week. This will help you avoid last-minute trips to the grocery store or ordering takeout.

2: Take inventory of your pantry and fridge

Before you head to the grocery store, check your pantry and fridge to see what ingredients you already have on hand. This will help you avoid buying duplicates and reduce food waste.

3: Make a shopping list

Based on your meal plan and inventory, make a list of the ingredients you need to buy. Stick to the list as much as possible to avoid impulse purchases.

4: Cook in batches

When you have some free time, cook up a big batch of something like chili or soup that can be portioned out for several meals. This will save you time during the week and ensure you have healthy meals on hand.

5: Use the right storage containers

To keep your prepped meals fresh and organized, use high-quality storage containers like the ZipBag®. These reusable silicone bags are perfect for storing leftovers, bringing food on the go, or cooking sous vide. Plus, they're dishwasher safe and come in different sizes for all your needs.

Now that you have some meal planning tips, it's time to put them into action! Don't forget to also check out Two Pillars' eco-friendly kitchen products to make your meal prep even easier:

  1. Duo Cover® - Use this silicone microwave splatter guard mat to reheat leftovers and prevent messy spills in your microwave. Its MoistureLock™ technology keeps food moist and delicious, and its magnetic design makes it easy to store.
  2. Swedish Dishcloth - Use this all-natural substitute for paper towels and cleaning cloths. With just one Swedish Dishcloth, you can replace 17 rolls of paper towels, and they're compostable.
  3. UniLid® - This universal lid fits all shapes and sizes with food tracking. It's the perfect, eco-friendly replacement for plastic wrap.

By combining these time-saving meal planning tips with Two Pillars' eco-friendly kitchen products, you'll be a meal prep pro in no time! Stay tuned for our final post in this series, where we'll share some time-saving techniques to make cooking even easier.

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