After reading this and trying some of these “healthy meals in a bag”, you’re going to want to pinch yourself first and buy stock in Ziploc second. No, you’re not dreaming. Yes, it is possible to make an entire healthy meal without touching a knife or turning on the stove or the oven. That’s because you’re not really cooking, you’re just assembling. (But not like the Ikea assembly. You don’t need an engineering degree to do this. But if you happen to have one, it’s ok. You’ll still be able to assemble these super simple super healthy dinners.)
Some people might call these “dump dinners” instead of healthy meals in a bag, because all you do, literally, is dump a series of ingredients into a bag and toss it in the freezer. But there’s something about the word “dump” that really doesn’t appeal to the palate, you know what I mean?
These take about 5-10 minutes of active prep time. That means you will be in your kitchen for 5 or 10 minutes making a meal. The rest of the time it takes to cook the meal, since it’s all done in your slow cooker or instant pot, is hands off. No babysitting required. Go get a manicure. Play a round of golf. Take a long run. Ride your bike in the park. Or, I guess you could go to work if that’s more your style.
If you want to be even MORE efficient in the kitchen, I suggest you do what I call “assembly line assembly.” Line up your bags and make several copies of each recipe. Double or triple the ingredients and add them to all bags in a row. This streamline assembly cuts down on dirty dishes and on your precious time.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Here is a list of tools and supplies you’ll need, besides the ingredients, for making any one bag wonder style meal.