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Use Canned Vegetables for Easy Meal Prep

A lot of recipes call for onions, peppers, and tomatoes. This means buying those veggies, and they are all more expensive all the time. One pepper can cost well over $1! Next, it takes all that time spent chopping and cooking them.

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Well, I've switched to using canned stewed tomatoes instead. I sometimes find them cheaper than plain canned tomatoes! The only chopping I do is chopping up the big pieces of tomato, and that takes a minute or less. I just use the same amount of stewed tomatoes as regular. When the recipe calls for tomatoes and hot peppers, a can of Rotel, or one of Rotel, and one of stewed does the job.

Another great conveniance is that you can have several cans on the shelf - no trips to the store just to buy the needed peppers, which don't last long in the fridge at all. This makes dinner prep cheaper, a lot easier, and a lot faster - Win win win!

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October 17, 20140 found this helpful

I wouldn't want to eliminate fresh produce altogether, but I do agree that it is a wonderful idea to use canned and frozen produce in addition . And you're totally right, it saves last minute trips when you run out of things if you're already stocked up. Great tip, you've for my vote!:)

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October 17, 20140 found this helpful

Oops! You've GOT my vote, sorry .:)

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