Essential Food Storage Containers For Easy Meal Planning

Meal planning requires organization and one of the best ways to prep and plan is to make sure that you have all the essential ingredients before you get started, which also includes your food storage containers.

Essential Food Storage Containers

There’s nothing worse than putting in all that hard work to prep your meals and then realize you don’t have the right size containers or ones that are freezer-friendly. Also, size matters here, so making sure you have the containers that fit your ingredients is crucial.

It’s important to store your meals in the right material, too. Plastic, silicon and glass are all popular options and here, I’ve provided tips on what to look for with each of these styles of containers.

Non-BPA Plastic
If you’re looking for the most economical containers, consider plastic. Make sure you’re choosing those that are non-BPA and are food safe. You’re looking for containers that come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different food prep situations. The plastic should be stain and odor resistant. For ease of use, the containers should also be dishwasher and microwave-safe. If you plan to use them in the freezer, you should make sure they are safe for those temperatures. Lids should attach securely and be leak-proof as well. Consider using labels to identify the contents no matter what type of container you choose.

ESSENTIAL FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS

Here’s a plastic storage container option that meets the criteria listed above. This set contains 7 containers and lids as comes highly rated.

For plastic containers that are for on-the-go use or for sectional meal planning storage, consider these bento box style containers.

Food-grade Silicon
Another option is to use containers made of silicon. The food-grade manufacturing process with silicon containers means they’re non-toxic, and BPA free. Silicon containers are odorless, tasteless, non-stick, leak-proof and easy to clean. Most are also dishwasher safe.

When you’re looking to store smaller items, consider using fillable bags. These are great for sandwiches, frozen fruit, veggie sticks and slices and smaller portions of food. Here’s a great choice for eco-friendly zip-lock style reusable bags that go from fridge to freezer.

Remember to consider the portability of your pre-planned meals. You’ll want easy-to-transport containers that are lightweight and can be easily packed. Consider these collapsible silicone containers work well for packable lunches. When not in use, the containers collapse for easy storage. 

Glass
Possibly the best way to store food items without the worry of chemical leaching from container material is to use glass. Eco-friendly class is easy to clean, re-heat in and most glass is freezer-friendly. Glass containers come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, are stackable for easy storage and are generally thought of as superior to other storage container methods. Choose a container with lids that are tight-fitting, easy to put on and remove.

Here’s a multi-sized set with air-tight snaplock lids. The smaller containers are easily portable.

Here’s a wonderful glass set that contains compartments for easy meal prep storage. They are fridge, freezer and microwave safe. They are a great option for on-the-go lunches.

Meal storage and meal prep containers will help save you money in the long run by giving you workable options to store your food so that you’re wasting less. You’ll be more organized and will appreciate the peace of mind of having your food stored in safe and convenient containers for ease of use and planning.

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12 Healthy And Delicious Matcha Recipes

Matcha, a green tea leaf powder, is a healthy alternative to coffee and is commonly made into a tea or latte. Here are 12 delicious and healthy matcha recipes that go beyond tea!

Matcha, a green tea leaf powder, is a healthy alternative to coffee and is commonly made into a tea or latte. Here are 12 delicious and healthy matcha recipes that go beyond tea!

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Matcha is green tea powder that is made from pulverized green tea leaves which are known for their powerful antioxidant benefits. Matcha is a Japanese tradition that is commonly used in making tea or other beverages. It can also be used in cooking. There are two grades of matcha, ceremony grade, which is a higher quality and should be used for drinking; and good-grade, which is intended for cooking and baking. From tea to smoothies and from ice cream to cheesecakes, here are 12 delicious and healthy matcha recipes to try and enjoy.

Matcha Coconut Latte by Love And Lemons

Matcha Green Tea Banana Ice Cream by Oh How Civilized


Coconut Matcha Melon Smoothie Bowl by The Girl On Bloor

Mint Chocolate Toasted Matcha Meringue by Snixy Kitchen




Strawberry Matcha Roll Cake by Sweet And Savory By Shinee

Matcha Iced Tea by Happy Foods Tube

Vegan Matcha Swirl Cheesecake by Minimalist Baker

Banana Matcha Green Tea Smoothie by Emilie Eats



Almond Matcha Green Tea Latte by Kitchen Confidante


No Bake Matcha Cheesecake by Feasting On Fruit

Matcha Madeleines by The Little Epicurean

Matcha Chantilly Cakes by Sprinkle Bakes

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Keto Breakfast Casserole With Eggs, Bacon, Broccoli And Cheese

Try this easy Keto Breakfast Casserole with eggs, bacon, cheese and broccoli. It’s so delicious and easy to put together that we like it for dinner, too!

Try this easy Keto Breakfast Casserole with eggs, bacon, cheese and broccoli. It's so delicious and easy to put together that we like it for dinner, too!Note: This post contains Amazon Affiliate links.

While this easy breakfast casserole is perfect for a Keto diet, it’s delicious enough with bacon, cheese, eggs and broccoli in it that just about anyone will gobble it up even if they don’t know or care what Keto is! It’s just that good.

Go ahead and fry and crumble your bacon. I like to use a cast iron skillet for this. If you’re on the Keto diet, you probably fry up a big batch on the regular and keep it in the fridge to pull out whenever you need it. If you’re not doing that, consider giving it a try. You’ll be using bacon a lot on the Keto diet, so might as well have it handy and ready to go, right?

Keto Breakfast CasseroleThis casserole is so easy to put together that it will become a family favorite. Use a glass 8 x8 baking dish and butter it well. Experiment with using different types of cheese just to give it some variety if you make it a lot. I like to steam the broccoli just to soften it up a bit before baking. We love having breakfast for dinner, so this Keto casserole gets made mostly for an evening meal in our house.

Keto Breakfast Casserole

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Keto Breakfast Casserole With Eggs, Bacon, Broccoli And Cheese
 
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Keto Breakfast Casserole With Eggs, Bacon, Broccoli And Cheese
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 T. butter, softened
  • 3 c. broccoli florets, lightly steamed to soften
  • 1 c. sharp cheddar or Colby Jack cheese, shredded
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ c. heavy cream
  • ½ t. onion powder
  • ½ t. garlic powder
  • ¼ t. dried thyme
  • ½ t. dried oregano
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F and butter an 8” x 8” casserole dish with softened butter. Set aside.

  2. Steam broccoli using a steamer pot just until broccoli turns bright green and softens a bit.

  3. Remove from heat and transfer broccoli to prepared casserole dish and spread into a uniform layer. Top with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon and side aside.

  4. Whisk the eggs with the heavy cream, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, and oregano. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired. Pour the egg mixture over the broccoli, cheddar, and bacon and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the casserole is set and lightly golden brown on top.

  5. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve immediately.

 

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Try this easy Keto Breakfast Casserole with eggs, bacon, cheese and broccoli. It's so delicious and easy to put together that we like it for dinner, too!Try this easy Keto Breakfast Casserole with eggs, bacon, cheese and broccoli. It's so delicious and easy to put together that we like it for dinner, too!Try this easy Keto Breakfast Casserole with eggs, bacon, cheese and broccoli. It's so delicious and easy to put together that we like it for dinner, too!

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Coffee Lovers Gift Guide

This coffee lovers gift guide will help you find the perfect gift for the recipient who is serious about their morning cuppa. These coffee-related gifts will make their daily java fix even more enjoyable.

This coffee lovers gift guide will help you find the perfect gift for the recipient who is serious about their morning cuppa. These coffee-related gifts will make their daily java fix even more enjoyable.

Looking for a gift for the coffee lover? Or maybe for yourself? Check out this list of coffee-inspired gifts for the casual coffee drinker all the way to the coffee connoisseur.

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Coffee Makers

Who wouldn’t love this single-serve coffee maker in this gorgeous turquoise color? (Other colors available, too.) Perfect for kitchen, dorm room, or office.

Does your recipient love French pressed coffee? If so, they will appreciate this French Press coffee maker with heat-resistant borosilicate glass which can withstand boiling water. The plastic lid strainer and the measuring spoon are both BPA-Free and the metal parts are stainless steel and rust-free.

I love my pour-over glass coffeemaker, and the discerning coffee lover will, too! Made of non-porous Borosilicate glass which will not absorb odors or chemical residues, this is an elegant and timeless gift for the coffee connoisseur.

Seriously, this has to be the ultimate gift for the coffee lover – a true Italian Espresso machine. You will totally win for giving the Best. Gift. Ever.

Coffee Cups And Mugs

This lovely marble ceramic coffee mug set is elegant and makes the perfect gift for your coffee lover. Every mug is unique.

This cute rose gold topped 16 ounce tumbler makes a great gift. It’s BPA, ​phthalate, ​and ​lead free, so gift with confidence. ​

I love this adorable coffee cup charm for your key ring. Great stocking stuffer or just because gift.

Need coffee on-the-go? Um, yes. Gift this beautiful rose gold 16 ounce stainless steel insulated thermos. Hygienic push button lid with one-handed operation is BPA-free.

Coffee Recipes And Flavorings

For the true coffee connoisseur, gift this awesome craft coffee manual book and let them discover new and unique ways to brew coffee.

For the coffee lover that likes to experiment with flavor options, gift this organic coffee syrup set. It’s vegan, gluten free, dairy free, soy free and contains no high fructose corn syrup.

Coffee Swag

This “But First, Coffee” t-shirt makes a great gift for the woman who is not afraid to let the world know about her caffeine schedule.

Love the smell of coffee? Consider this pure soy wax Espresso scented candle with notes of dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Delicious!

Who said coffee is just for internal consumption? This organic cardamom and coffee body scrub makes a fabulous gift for the coffee lover who also loves self-care products.

Help your recipient get their daily coffee fix with this wall calendar that contains beautiful photos of coffee.

Here’s an eco-friendly tote bag for both the coffee lover and yoga lover. Win-win! Designed and manufactured in the USA.

Your recipient is sure to love any of these coffee-inspired gifts!

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This coffee lovers gift guide will help you find the perfect gift for the recipient who is serious about their morning cuppa. These coffee-related gifts will make their daily java fix even more enjoyable.

Gift Guide For Coffee Lovers

Gift Guide For Coffee Lovers

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