3 time-saving supermarket shortcuts
Good things come to those who wait – but when it comes to getting a meal together during busy weeks, we’ll happily take some shortcuts! Luckily the grocery store is filled with prepping and cooking time-savers, and here are three of our favorites for weight loss success.
Peeling and chopping vegetables can sometimes take longer than actually cooking them. So, when time’s short, it makes sense to skip the process altogether and go for pre-prepped produce. Frozen cut veggie blends are great tossed into stir-fries or soups, and they can even boast more nutrients than fresh, since they’re picked and frozen at the peak of ripeness. Many supermarkets carry an array of fresh cut veggies, too, including butternut squash, onions, celery, broccoli, minced or peeled garlic, and “noodled” zucchini. Store your cut produce in the fridge and use it within three to five days.
Grains are versatile and filling. To make the most of them during busy work weeks, head to the freezer section of your supermarket. There you’ll find frozen rice, quinoa, and, if you’re looking to shake things up, frozen cauliflower rice, which you can mix or sub for grains. (Look for varieties without any added fat or sugar.) Just pop your grain of choice in the microwave and mix in some of your favorite herbs and spices. Serve with soup or chili – or toss in a bag of reheated frozen veggies along with a splash each of reduced-sodium soy sauce and lime juice for the easiest non-fried rice ever!
A rotisserie chicken is the ultimate grocery store shortcut. Shop for plain varieties, to avoid added fat or sugar. Just remove the skin and visible fat, and you’re on your way to plenty of hearty meals. Sliced chicken pairs perfectly with (frozen!) veggies and Slimming World mashed potatoes. Or shred or dice your chicken and toss in salads and bowls through the week, like this deconstructed take on a club sandwich.
You can also buy frozen, pre-cooked plain boneless skinless chicken breasts. To reheat, pop in the microwave or cook in a non-stick skillet according to package instructions. Then just add to pasta salads or serve with your favorite Slimming World sides.
If seafood is more your thing or you’d like to change it up, stock up on frozen pre-cooked shrimp, which thaws in just a few minutes under cold running water. Add to dishes like shrimp lo mein or shrimp scampi.
All of these supermarket shortcut staples are versatile, filling Free Food with Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, called Food Optimizing. You can enjoy Free Food to satisfy your appetite with no weighing, no measuring, and no counting needed. So you’ll not only be well on your way to making hearty, filling meals in a snap – you’ll be speeding your way towards a healthy weight loss, too!