Outside the Box Challenge: The Culinista Test

by Rachel on March 15, 2010

It’s time again for the latest Outside the Box Challenge! This week, it’s time to do a little healthy pre-planning. After all, how many times are our healthiest intentions dashed due to our busy schedules? You buy healthy food, but then you come home after a long day, hungry enough to chew through your own arm, and, well…suddenly you’re dialing for delivery while your pint of strawberries grows mold in the fridge.

So what’s a girl to do? Be prepared! This week’s challenge is sponsored by Culinista Kitchen, which is all about that very thing. It’s the once a week cooking technique!

Outside the Box Challenge #3: The Culinista Test. Using a make-ahead approach saves time and money and helps you eat healthier, so this week, we want you to do just that! For this challenge you must prepare a meal ahead of time that you can get at least three meals out of (so the meal on day you make it, and then two more meals). It might be a big pot of soup, it might be veggies and tofu pre-diced and ready to roll for stir-fry, or it might be a double batch of healthy lasagna that you’ll reheat at work all week for lunch.

And the very cool ladies at Culinista Kitchen are happily giving an entire Culinista Bundle to one of the entrants this week. I’ve written about the bundle before — I think it’s an awesome system. You can also check out that post for more ideas on why I believe in preparing meals ahead and links to some of my favorite make-in-advance recipes.

I have one, and I’m so excited one of the challengers will now too!

Everyone who enters this week will be eligible to win the Culinista Bundle, even if you’ve never entered before. And those of you who have entered for the past two weeks (LOVE YOU!), this keeps you right on track to the fabulous Grand Prize! To enter, you must submit your post about what you did to prepare your healthy meal x 3 in advance by March 21 at 11:59 PM PST.

We’re loving all your challenge entries so far and can’t wait to see what you come up with for one!

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1 Melissa (It's a Veggieful Life) March 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I haven’t done this type of thing since leaving Minnesota. We had several of these “make ahead dinner” places where you’d make 8-12 meals, freeze them, and then cook them when ready. Since we’re only a family of three, and my son usually didn’t like anything from these places anyway, my husband and I always got 2-3 meals out of them. Great idea for a challenge, thanks!
.-= Melissa (It’s a Veggieful Life)´s last blog ..Warning: Time Change Ahead (Or Is it Behind?) =-.


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