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Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead

Well Stocked = Well Prepared!
Write It Down
Turn Off the Stove
Soup and Sandwich Combo
Breakfast + Dinner = “Brinner”

Well Stocked = Well Prepared!
Keep pantry stocked with staples that make mealtime easier.

Write It Down
Plan your meals before going to the grocery store. Write your meals out on a weekly calendar and post in your kitchen. Thaw any frozen ingredients the night before to make prep time go smoothly.

Turn Off the Stove
Make one night a week "No-Cook Night." Do this by planning ahead and making double batches of chili or soup. Freeze leftovers in airtight containers. Thaw in the refrigerator the night before serving. Keep corn muffin mix on hand and make muffins the night before, too. When dinnertime rolls around, you'll be ready to go.

Soup and Sandwich Combo
Don’t have a lot of time to cook? Serve a hearty sandwich with soup for dunking as quick option on the busiest of days.

Breakfast + Dinner = “Brinner”
Eat traditional breakfast foods at dinnertime for a fantastic way to use up leftovers from the week. Toss chopped cooked meat and veggies with scrambled eggs, or use the ingredients to let your family customize individual omelets.

 
Prep Ahead

Prep Ahead

Pasta in Half the Time
Slice Your Prep Time
Make a Week of Meals
Pound It Down
One-Pound Patties
Dinnertime in a Flash
Double-Duty Dressing

Pasta in Half the Time
Partially cook your pasta (cooking for half the recommended cook time), then toss with a little olive oil before portioning into resealable plastic bags for the week. When it’s time to use the cooked pasta, add it to a saucepan of boiling water, then cook 30 sec. to 1 min. or until done. Drain and toss with your favorite sauce for a quick entrée.

Slice Your Prep Time
Pre-chop/slice veggies for snacking and easy meal prep. Carrots should be stored in a little water in a covered container. Bell peppers will only last a few days.

Make a Week of Meals
Put together slow-cooker kits on the weekend. Place all your favorite ingredients in a covered container and keep in the refrigerator. On the day you want to come home to a hot entrée, simply place ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning. Cook on LOW and enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of the day!

Pound It Down
If boneless skinless chicken breasts are large, cut them in half and pound them to desired thickness before freezing. (An easy way to do this is to place the chicken between sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a rolling pin.) This will cut the thawing and cooking times.

One-Pound Patties
If you buy ground beef in bulk, divide it into 1 lb. portions. Place in freezer-weight resealable plastic bags and flatten before sealing. Not only will the bags be easier to store in the freezer, but the meat will also thaw more quickly.

Dinnertime in a Flash
Put together entrée kits containing pre-cut veggies and meat, so all you have to do is heat up a skillet after a long day of work.

Double-Duty Dressing
Salad dressings can serve more than one purpose. Use them as a marinade for chicken, pork, fish or beef, and also as a dressing for your side/entrée salads. KRAFT Italian, Caesar, Balsamic, Greek and Zesty Lime Vinaigrette Dressings all work great as marinades.

 
Rescue Dinnertime

Rescue Dinnertime

Pasta Night
Downsize That Chicken
Always Prepared with Veggies
Share and Swap
Flexible Fish Sticks!

Pasta Night
Jar of pasta sauce + pasta+ KRAFT Parmesan Cheese + lettuce + KRAFT Dressing = pasta night

Downsize That Chicken
What thaws quickly, is easy to cut up for stir-fry and fits perfectly on sandwiches and wraps? Chicken tenders! Divide them up into quart-size freezer-weight resealable plastic bags, then freeze until ready to use. Just thaw them in the refrigerator the night before and you'll be ready to go at dinnertime.

Always Prepared with Veggies
Keep frozen vegetables on hand to add a pop of color and added nutrition to cooked KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese or rice.

Share and Swap
You don’t have to make EVERY dish for EVERY meal. And who says neighbors aren’t part of the family? Throw an occasional potluck with neighbors/family/friends once a week to help take some of the burden off meal prep.

Flexible Fish Sticks!
Don’t think of frozen breaded fish sticks as just sticks of fish. They’re the perfect vehicle for dunking, and ideal when it comes to making easy, tasty fish tacos.

 

Budget Friendly Twists

Freeze and Save

Freeze and Save

Put on the Freeze
Preserve What’s Pricey
“Herb de Cube”
Play “Patty Make”

Put on the Freeze
Stock up on ground beef, chicken, cheese and bacon when they go on sale. Divide into smaller portions, then freeze in freezer-weight resealable plastic bags until ready to thaw and use as desired. Bacon freezes well, and can be used in small amounts to add a lot of flavor to your meals. And, did you know that you can freeze shredded cheese? You don’t even need to thaw it out before using in your favorite baked recipes.

Preserve What’s Pricey
Nuts are an expensive ingredient, so keep them in an airtight container and store in a cool dark place like the refrigerator or freezer. This will help keep the natural oils in them fresher for longer.

“Herb de Cube”
Freeze fresh herbs in olive oil in ice cube trays to use in the winter months for soups.

Play “Patty Make”
Instead of buying pre-made burger patties, form much-less-expensive ground beef into patties yourself. Then freeze in a single layer in freezer-weight resealable plastic bags.

 
Make at Home

Make at Home

Make Vegetable Soup
Cut Down on Costs. Literally.
Double-Duty Dressing

Make vegetable soup
Start by cooking 1 chopped onion in a little oil in a stockpot on medium heat. Add about 4 cups of your favorite chopped vegetables, and 2 qt. water or broth. Simmer until vegetables are tender. If adding leafy vegetables, remember to stir them in at the end. Also, go easy on the seasonings and cut all vegetables about the same size. You can even add leftover cooked pasta saved from the week before.

Cut Down on Costs. Literally.
Instead of buying pre-cut carrot sticks, celery and other veggies, buy the whole product and cut them yourself. The money savings can be huge!

Double-Duty Dressing
Salad dressings can serve more than one purpose. Use them as a marinade for chicken, pork, fish or beef, and also as a dressing for your side/entrée salads. KRAFT Italian, Caesar, Balsamic, Greek and Zesty Lime Vinaigrette Dressings all work great as marinades.

 
Perfect Portions

Perfect Portions

Double the Bacon, Half the Size
Be Sure to Stretch
Bulk Up on Bulk Shopping

Double the Bacon, Half the Size
Cut an opened package of OSCAR MAYER Bacon crosswise down the center with a large sharp knife; freeze half for later use. The remaining bacon half fits easily into a skillet or microwaveable container to cook until crisp. The shorter slices are great for dividing into kid-size portions.

Be Sure to Stretch
Use only half the amount of meat for in a recipe, and replace the remaining meat with rinsed canned beans. You’ll get economical filler and plenty of protein, too.

Bulk Up on Bulk Shopping
Share a warehouse membership with a friend and divide the items you buy.

 
Leftover Makeovers

Leftover Makeovers

Transform Leftovers
Breakfast + Dinner = “Brinner”

Transform Leftovers
Use what you have in creative ways. How about a Frittata Friday? Take leftover cooked vegetables from the week and make an easy frittata. Serve with a tossed salad to round out the meal.

Breakfast + Dinner = “Brinner”
Eat traditional breakfast foods at dinnertime for a fantastic way to use up leftovers from the week. Toss chopped cooked meat and veggies with scrambled eggs, or use the ingredients to let your family customize individual omelets.

 

Kitchen Must-Haves

Kitchen Must-Haves

Must-Have Household Utensils

Must-Have Household Utensils
10- or 12-inch skillets with a lid
10- or 12-inch skillet with a lid
2-quart saucepan
2-qt. saucepan
6-8-quart stockpot
6- to 8-qt. stockpot
Tongs
Rubber spatula
Metal spatula
Whisk
Wooden spoon
Can opener
Measuring cup
Baking sheet
Colander
Cutting board
Chef’s knife
Paring knife
Bread knife

 
Must-Have Staples

Must-Have Staples

Must-Have Staples
Pasta
Spaghetti sauce
Sliced cheese
Shredded cheese
Salsa
Beans
Frozen veggies: spinach, peas, corn
Tuna
Canned tomatoes
Eggs
Rice
Ground beef
Peanut butter
Flour
Sugar
Baking soda
Baking powder
Olive oil
Cooking spray

 
Must-Have Spices

Must-Have Spices

Must-Have Spices
Black pepper
Chili powder
Cinnamon
Crushed red pepper or ground red pepper (cayenne)
Cumin
Dried oregano leaves
Dried thyme leaves
Garlic powder
Ginger (ground ginger)
Ground mustard
Kosher salt
Vanilla Extract

 
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