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Weekly Raw Food Staples – with fresh produce

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Learning how to be prepared and how to take care of your produce will not only save time but money.  The sooner you get used to shopping for raw staples, the easier sticking to a raw diet becomes.  Keep in mind that fresh, living foods naturally perish more quickly than cooked or processed ones, so shop for produce often and conservatively to avoid spoilage.

Produce Raw Food Weekly Staples…

Basic Ideas on how to use your produce (but not limited to):

Food Prep Ideas:

  1. Morning smoothie idea:
  • Purchase green produce bags.  Have at least 7 on hand for this idea.
  • On Sunday prepare 7 smoothie bags; one for each day.
  • In each bag place as many fruits and veggies you want to use in each morning smoothie.  So for example; Monday – 3 cups of spinach, 2 carrots, 1 apple.  Tuesday: 3 cups of kale, 1 cucumber, 1 apple.  These are just to give you the ideas.  You can add dry goods to the smoothie later, such as protein powders, sweeteners, etc (if desired).
  • Come morning, open the fridge and pull out your smoothie goodie bag.  Blend, serve and enjoy!

2. Pre-made salad bowl: ( I do this all the time, huge time saver )

  • Take a variety of veggies; cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, radishes, etc. and process them through your shredding blade in your food processor.
  • Pour into a large bowl with a lid or a large green produce storage bag.  Place in fridge.
  • Each day for one or as many of your meals as desired, line your plate with leafy greens and scoop out a few handfuls of your pre-cut veggies.   Top with a dressing and eat!

Know your fridge!

Which vegetables should be stored where:

  • BEST in the FRONT of the FRIDGE: corn (after wrapping in a wet paper bag placed inside a plastic bag) and peas
  • BEST in the CRISPER: artichokes, asparagus (after trimming the ends and placing upright in shallow cool water, then covering with plastic), beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chiles, cucumbers, eggplant, fresh herbs, green beans, leafy greens, leeks, lettuce (after washing and drying, rolling loosely in a clean kitchen towel inside an unzipped zip-lock bag), mushrooms, peppers, radishes, scallions, summer squash, turnips, zucchini
  • BEST on the COUNTER: tomatoes (stored upside down), bananas, lemons, limes
  • BEST in the PANTRY (where it’s both dark and cool): garlic, onions, potatoes, shallots, sweet potatoes, winter squash

Produce Life Shelf (approx.)

Onions, potatoes, shallots, and hard-shelled winter squash don’t need refrigeration. They stay good for several weeks to a month when you store them in a cool, dry, dark drawer or bin.

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Fruit Shelf Life (approx.) and how to Store Fresh Fruits

Most fresh fruits are quite perishable and require refrigeration. You can leave some fruits out to ripen, but when they’re ripe, they last longer in the fridge. Here are some suggestions on storing fresh fruits:

 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Weekly Raw Food Staples – with fresh produce

  1. Annie says:

    Some wonderful tips here. Many were new information for me. I just love the idea of bagging up your weeks worth of green drink or smoothie ingredients after shopping, and seems like it would be a real space saver. I have a too small side by side, refrigerator, and the arrangement of food in there is a never ending challenge :-) Thanks as always!

  2. Gabrielle says:

    This is just the information I needed. Now I can plan my week with more raw delights. There is a great app I found called “Still Tasty”. It has a timer that tells you when you should use produce. It even has a shopping list. Think you might like it. Thanks Amie Sue.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Gabrielle!
      That sounds like a great app and one can never have to many apps. haha I will check it out. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Kee says:

    Being new to the Raw lifestyle, I definitely need tips on storing fresh produce….thanks, this really helps!

  4. katykins says:

    Thank you so much! I just found your website and
    I appreciate your time and effort in delivering all these wonderful wisdoms.
    Your tips are brilliant!
    I look forward to preparing & eating.

  5. Gloria says:

    May I see a picture of how you organize your side by side refrigerator?

  6. Naomi says:

    I also have a side by side and same challenges. Can I get a look at your tote picture too?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello dear Naomi… I think I have lost that photo. I have tried looking through my thousands of food pictures that I have taken over the years. Unfortunately, a few years ago my photo program caught some bug and I lost a bunch of photos. I couldn’t tell then as to which ones, but I discover it when I go looking for a particular photo. I will keep looking and keep you posted. Or, I will just take a new picture of my currant fridge. Many blessings, amie sue

  7. Grandma Shelley says:

    Yes, the more I see of your site Amie-Sue, the more I see that this is undoubtedly best raw site info I’ve EVER seen–so much info all in one site–thanks for all that you do and may God continue to bless.

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh thank you Grandma Shelley…. doing my best to share my passion. Thank you for taking time out in your day to share such kind words. They warm my soul. :) Blessings, amie sue

  8. Nicole says:

    I really like the idea about chopping up and storing vegees….cool. Your a gem, thank you!

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