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Quit Wasting Fruits and Veggies With These 7 Tricks!

It’s such a terrible feeling! You have a plan for your food. You open the fridge and WOAH! You throw it away and eat chips or some other less-healthy choice instead. But who has time to go shopping every 2 or 3 days to ensure they’re produce is always fresh??

Well here are some tricks that will keep your produce delicious (and edible!) much longer! You’re going to want to write these down…

Bananas

We all love banana’s, but they can go bad quickly. Hopefully you already know that when they go bad we can peel them and throw them in the freezer for smoothies or banana bread, but if you want to enjoy your bananas fresh wrap the stem in plastic wrap. This keeps the amount of gas they expel that causes them to ripen at a minimum which means you can enjoy a delicious banana another few days!

Celery

You tried to get ahead of the game and prep, but now your celery is limp and soft! Well no worries – stick them in a bowl of water, and they come right back to life! You can avoid this tragedy by wrapping it in tin foil before storing it in your refrigerator. This will keep your celery nice and crunchy up to a month long!

Carrots

Carrots too often will become soft and lose their crunch, but fear not! Rehydrate them in water for a little bit – overnight if necessary – and they spring back to life! Carrots and celery both can be chopped ahead of time and placed in a bowl or tupperware in water to store for 2 or 3 weeks without losing their crunch!

Mushrooms

Eating healthy is difficult enough, but it can seriously break the bank if the food you are buying is going bad before you can eat it. Mushrooms keep fresh the longest when stored in a paper bag instead of a plastic or styrofoam container!

Lettuce

Keep your veggie drawer lined with paper towel. This soaks up any extra moisture that makes many greens go limp and steals their crunch away. Also, when storing lettuce or herbs in a bag or container put a piece of paper towel in to soak up any extra moisture and they will last MUCH longer! If your lettuce has already started to look pretty sad, rip off the brown parts and give it an ice bath! As little as 30 minutes can be enough to bring it right back to life.

Berries

Nature’s candy is notorious for growing fuzz in your refrigerator – especially if you bought it on sale! Prevent growth of mold by giving your berries a vinegar bath after purchasing them! Use 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water. After you giving them a bath in this mixture you can rinse with water to get rid of any remaining vinegar taste.

Avocado

Most people know that adding salt and fresh lime juice will extend the life of guacamole, but here’s one you might not have known about: When making guacamole keep the seeds from the avocado to put in the guacamole. This helps to keep it fresh several more hours or longer! Don’t plan to eat it today? Cover your leftover guacamole or avocado with plastic wrap and you’ll be able to feast again tomorrow.

Now you know! And knowing is half the battle. Now you’ve got to go shopping and put these tricks into action before you forget! You may literally save hundreds of dollars a year – or more!

Chicken and Mushrooms by Ellipse

Hi Everyone~

We know that with hectic work schedules and all the curve-balls that life can throw your way, you have to have some recipes that “cook themselves” while you are away.  This savory dish is so easy to toss in your slow cooker in the morning and have dinner complete when you arrive back home!  Add some rice and a steamed vegetable as pictured above and you have a complete meal!

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Mushrooms

3   Medium Chicken Breasts

1   Packet of Lipton Onion/Mushroom Soup Mix

1   Can of 98% Fat-free Cream of Mushroom Soup

1/4 Cup Fat Free Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt

2   Cups Fresh Mushrooms

Directions:  Place frozen chicken breasts in slow cooker.  Meanwhile stir together Onion/Mushroom Soup mix, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt), and mushrooms.  Pour this mixture over the chicken.  Cook on Low for 6-8 hours.

Serves: 3

Total Calories: 379   Carb=18g Prot=44g Fat=5.4g

Ellipse Tip:  Another great side dish is a steaming baked potato.  The mushroom mixture that covers the chicken in the slow cooker makes a great topping for a potato!