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Save Time with Big Batch Cooking

Tips for Meal Planning

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6/23/2009 4:17:06 PM

MICHELLYSHELL's SparkPage
Thanks, Shell128. I am checking out Eating Well's site right now.

Also, after a Google search for "healthy freezer friendly recipes" - I found a blog regarding a book called 'Holly Clegg's Trim and Terrific Freezer Friendly Meals: Quick and Healthy meals You Can Make in Advance'. ( To try a few recipes out, follow this link: http://blogs.fabulousfoods.com/2009/01/fit
-freezer-making-healthy-frozen-meals.html )
6/2/2009 2:35:38 PM

SHELL128's SparkPage
Hi. I just wanted to suggest that people check out Eating Well's website. It is the best healthy recipe website I have found. And the majority of the recipes I have tried from the site are very tasty and filling. The best part is the advanced recipe search. You can search recipes according to almost anything-- type of health restriction, type of food item, type of meal or ease of preparation. Plus you can search for recipes that are freezer friendly. Thus if you would like to identify, for example, low carb, low calorie, chicken recipes that are easy to make, and freezer friendly then all you need to do is fill out the website form and hit search and viola a list of delicious recipes appear. Also you can then add the recipes to a shopping list and then viola you can print the list from your computer. It is also completely free!

www.eatingwell.com

All the best! Michelle
5/28/2009 11:33:40 AM

NGSMART1's SparkPage
Having to get dinner ready quickly after a long day at work is a perpetual problem for us. I used to rely solely on frozen foods or eating out, but recently have started doing more food preparation over the weekend. I don't usually make a huge batch of food to freeze, because I haven't had much luck freezing food. What I do is I make a big meal that we can eat or supplement two to three days. I also cut up ALL of the fresh veggies and fruits that I bought to use over the next week. That way I have no excuse not to make a fresh, healthy salad every night to eat with dinner. This trick has really increased our veggie and fruit consumption.
CHER321
5/28/2009 7:56:37 AM

I cook extra protein and veggies all the time, so it is easier to fix something fast. It helps to keep me on track when I'm hungry and too tired to do much. I don't freeze them, though. I bag them and date them, and use them within a few days.
5/17/2009 9:18:35 AM

PJLITTLEFR63's SparkPage
Ok ladies here is the links you've wanted. I use to do this all the time. Every Sunday. Be prepared it is a lot of work if you want to do it for a month, or a week. Plan on staying home that Sat or Sun, or whatever day you have. The initial expense of getting containers can be daunting for some. Suggestions, Buy aluminum foil, and baggies in bulk. You can wrap lasgna in foil (spray with cooking spray so it doesnt stick) then reheat. Or do single serving sizes in foil/or baggies and then just remove to heat in microwave! You have to do some creative thinking here for storage. But as far as recipes go there are soooo many web sites out there. Some of them are not "diet" but what is great about this kind of program is once you put these recipes in to the recipe calculator as long as you stick to your serving size you'll stay on your program!

Here some sites with recipes (no place to add a link so you'll have to copy and paste). Once you do this once or twice you'll adapt your own favorite recipes!

This one has for purchase downloadable cookbooks and newletter printable recipes. Also a lot more about the logistics of 30 day cooking
http://www.30daygourmet.com/

Here are some straight forward recipes
http://organizedhome.com/freezer-cookboo
k-recipes-freezer-cooking

This is a once a month bulk food option. There are chicken, beef, ham "plans" For my getting smaller family this is a little much for my family and probably for those of you single/couples out there. 18 whole chickens geez! However, I add it for those of you who have large familys are who are creative enough to adapt the recipes down to your size!
http://www.menus4moms.com/bulk/index.php

This one is some truly healthy meal recipes - even though it has an icon telling you which ones are freezer friendly it doesn't give you any instructions about how to freeze or prepare after freezing. So it may be better for a more seasoned freezer meal chef!
http://www.hollyclegg.com/recipes.cfm

Well, that's all the research I have time for. I need to get ready now!
5/11/2009 3:57:24 PM

FFRENCH15's SparkPage
I do this on a small scale; every Sunday, I cook 2-3 dishes and eat off of that all week! Most recipes are designed to feed 4 people, so I always have a lot of food. It also makes grocery shopping easier; if I'm in the mood for eggplant, I can make a couple of recipes with it rather than letting half of it rot before I can cook it!

Honestly, for all other single people out there, mini-scale batch cooking is the way to go!
4/21/2009 11:50:19 AM

ARMIGRRL's SparkPage
Does anyyone know of any good books that have batch recipies?

Please message me if you do :) Thanks!
CASTGLOC
4/21/2009 11:50:02 AM

This really caught my attention and I kept looking for the recipes, but never found any. It's a great idea to do the batch cooking especially when working all day, and be able to come home and figure out what to fix for dinner in a flash.
3/26/2009 10:37:30 AM

ABHISHIL's SparkPage
If I add milk or cream to a food, can i still freeze it.
2/23/2009 9:24:59 AM

LADYPHOENIX61's SparkPage
when my daughter decided to move out I was a little upset and had a problem with cooking for myself but now I'm figuring out batch cooking. I've got soups, beans, frozen vegetables, waffles and pancakes in single serving freezer bags and containers and it's really saving me time and money. With spring around the corner I'm planning a vegetable garden and I'm planning to learn how to freeze some of what I grow.
1/13/2009 9:10:18 AM

SGOODCHILD's SparkPage
I use to do this with 2 other friends, every other week. We need to start doing it again as it is a great time and money saver!
12/30/2008 5:26:37 AM

LOSINGITATNIGHT's SparkPage
I like this idea a lot. Working a weird schedule between household members (I work during the night, my roomie during the day) can make it difficult to coordinate our diet schedules. Making some of our meal foods ahead of time might help out a lot with this, and keep us motivated.
12/6/2008 9:11:29 PM

KEEPCUBANCURVES's SparkPage
About 12 years ago I got the book "Once a Month Cooking". My sister & I would get together once a month to cook from this book. It was great because I looked forward to getting together and we did something productive at the same time.
25%GONE
8/9/2008 2:17:34 PM

Very helpful information thanks!
7/8/2008 9:30:36 AM

KAREN19140's SparkPage
This article is what I need...now as a single person cooking for one, I find myself falling into the unhealthy habit of picking up something to eat and not cooking since it's only me. Ideas suggested in the article will help me get back into the habit of preparing food to eat that tastes good, but is also healthy.

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