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Cut meal prep time with Hy-Vee pre-cut produce.

Short Cut Solutions

  • Aluminum foil filled with grilled vegetables

    Grilled Veggie Packets

    A quick side for weeknight meals.

  • Tortilla chip topped with apple melon salsa

    Apple-Melon Salsa

    Show up at the party with a quick homemade salsa.

  • Easy Fruit Sorbet

    Learn to make a simple fruit sorbet.

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Meal Prep for the Week Using Just 20 Ingredients

Healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners can be prepped for the week using one short and sweet shopping list. You probably already have most of them on hand. 

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Now there's no reason not to stock up on fresh fruit during peak season or when it's on sale. Just remember to grab some pint-sized freezer bags so you can make smoothie packs for the month ahead.

We love banana bread just as much as the next guy, but there's more you can do with ripe bananas. Just peel, slice, and freeze with chunks of pineapple and mango—or any kind of fruit—for quick smoothies in the mornings ahead. 

Beyond packing and freezing fresh fruit for quick smoothies in the morning, you can add other fixings to your smoothie packs. Ground flaxseed, cinnamon, fresh herbs ... to name a few.

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Excuse our pun, but we didn't have grape expectations for this combo until we tried it. Turns out, frozen grapes in smoothies is a game-changing breakfast. Especially with blueberries and banana.

Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
Oh the time you'll save... Hy-Vee Short Cuts make healthy eating more convenient than ever. These fruits & veggies are washed, cut, and ready to eat or cook. Plus, there's the added perk of no scrubbing, slicing, onion crying, or cleaning up.
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Veggie Rice So Nice

Discover eight new ways to make meal prep recipes healthier by using riced cauliflower and broccoli—including fried rice, risotto, and our new favorite take on shrimp and grits.

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Bento Box Recipes & Ideas

  • Simple Ham Salad

    with Peaceful Piranha Sweet Chili Peanut Poppers

  • Spicy Chickpea Pita

    with roasted edamame

  • Italian Egg Muffins

    with Peaceful Piranha Sweet Potato Fries

  • Berry Baked Oatmeal Muffins

    with Short Cuts sliced mandarins

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How to Freeze Everything
Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
Blanching vegetables before freezing them stops enzymes that harm flavor, color, and texture. This simple technique involves quickly boiling vegetables and then plunging them into a bowl of ice water.
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Meal Prep with an Ice Cube Tray

Make homemade pizza bites, easy sauce starters, and portable chocolate candies—all with a humble ice cube tray.

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Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
No more tears! Look for Hy-Vee Short Cuts pre-chopped onions in the produce department.
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Let us do the crying. You do the cooking. Look for Hy-Vee Short Cuts.

  • Freezer Pleasers

    Our best tips for meal prepping & freezing.

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  • Get It Started

    Learn to make 5 meal starters for the week's ahead.

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How to Freeze Leftover Wine
Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
We know what you're thinking, who has leftover wine? But for those that do, you can freeze it into ice cube trays and use the cubes to make sauces, flavor soups, deglaze a pan, or chill sangria.
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Apricot-Almond Health Balls

Making your own energy snack is easy and quick—no cooking necessary. Better yet, this delicious, fiber-rich treat is not uber-sweet like many popular energy bars on the market. Create your favorite version using the dried fruit and nut options your family prefers.

 

Main Ingredients
  • rolled oats
  • dried apricots
  • almond butter

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