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Goodbye! Plus My Favorite Fall Meal-Prep Tips

By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN

In a moment, I’m going to share some of my favorite time-saving tips for healthy meals with you. Before I do that, I want to let you know that I’ve loved getting to know you via this blog over the last three-plus years. I started writing “The Eat List” to share nutrition- and food-focused posts with you throughout my journey of becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist.

I want to say thank you for reading this blog and for taking part in the many conversations surrounding changing nutrition news and advice over the last few years. My time for writing this blog has come to an end, and I do hope that you’ll stay in touch with me — you can check out my healthy-eating-focused blog, and I’d love for you to connect with me on social media.

Before I bid you adieu, I’m going to share a few of my favorite meal-prep tips with you to use any time of year — but especially during this busy fall season.

Substitute mashed bananas or unsweetened applesauce in baked goods. I use this trick a lot when making anything from muffins to quick breads! I’ll swap in up to half the amount of oil or butter in a recipe for a 0 SmartPoints® value fruit.
Dice up extra onion. If you’re like me, you’re often in a hurry to get dinner on the table! So if I’m cutting up a half an onion for a recipe, I’ll dice up the other half, too—and freeze it in a zip-close plastic bag for future use.

Cook with canned beans. As a vegetarian, canned chickpeas, white beans, and pinto beans are a staple in my kitchen. I shop for the no-salt-added version. I love that after I drain and rinse the beans, I can quickly add them to a salad, make a filler for tacos, and so much more. A ½ cup of canned chickpeas is 5 SmartPoints value.

I hope you’ll use these tips in good health! Want more? You can find additional advice in my latest post, in which I talked about easy meals and tips for back-to-school season. Please share your favorite meal-prep tips with me on social media and on Connect!

What are your favorite meal-prep tips? Tell me on Connect @amy_gorin!

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