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Save Time with Big Batch Cooking

Tips for Meal Planning

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KARENLSOLIS
7/5/2008 1:10:03 PM

I loved the article and I love to cook, many times I wanted to make bulk and freeze but I really don't know any good receipes I would be able to use. So I would have liked to see receipe attachments. But still a great article.
MOMTRIM
7/4/2008 10:06:14 AM

Great ideas - I already do this w/chili, oatmeal, lasagna, etc. I come from a big family and have always cooked large quantities. Now that the kids are gone, I tend to still cook the same amount and freeze in serving size containers for my husband and myself. That means there's always something tasty and healthy on hand. And if we have visitors, I just defrost more servings.

I agree w/previous comments that there should have been links to recipes.
TRICIASUPERMOM
6/7/2008 9:17:57 PM

I've recently started doing this since I became a full-time stay-at-home-mom in order to save money on our grocery bills. I buy whatever meat and veggies are on sale, put them together in different ways, and freeze them in a labeled ziplock baggie. (For example, if chicken breasts are on sale I buy a whole bunch, then separate them into different baggies and add different marinades so I don't get tired of the same thing all the time). It's a huge money AND time-saver, I wish I would have thought of it when I was working!
6/6/2008 8:14:20 PM

LUVANGELS's SparkPage
I agree with Tuesdays I would have like to have seen links with recipes for this type of cooking
6/6/2008 11:58:14 AM

TUESDAYS's SparkPage
The article needed to provide links to sample recipes. It suggests a way to save time, but then just leaves the reader to do his/her own research (which takes MORE time). I'm voting for a 'revision." LOL!
5/28/2008 9:16:57 AM

JKATTIGGER's SparkPage
The other thing that is great is that it forces you to follow portion control. When I make a big batch, but don't immediately freeze it, I have the tendency to eat too much. So now, I portion right after cooking -- before serving anything!
5/25/2008 11:43:47 PM

HENRYSMAMA's SparkPage
So you can go ahead and cook meat, and then freeze it, and it is good for several months? That is amazing. I wish I had known that when I was pregnant. I'm saving this article to my favorites, I am looking forward to reading more comments and tips!
5/13/2008 3:12:48 PM

JIBBIE49's SparkPage
Great article. Our grandmothers did this yearly and called it "canning."
5/3/2008 4:41:12 PM

SUNZETTE's SparkPage
I wish I could do this for myself.
I'm in between places and eating regularly is the first goal.
I'm just starting to pick up drinking 8 cups of water every day.
At least I start out with 2 in the morning and 2 before I go to bed.

I would love to make progress and actually do some of the things mentioned here.
Wishing everyone the best!

WE CAN BEAT THE BATTLE! :)
4/28/2008 4:32:35 AM

STEPHLOKI's SparkPage
Have a very busy live, this is the only way to survive! Always cook 2-3 poritons, eat one, freeze the rest. Only starches do not taste so nice when frozen, so i cook them fresh during the week, since they don't take long. That way i always have a healthy meal & take my lunch with me, pop it in the microwave at work.
4/27/2008 8:52:58 PM

SWS1001's SparkPage
On the weekends I usually make a large pan of roasted veggies (combination peppers - all colors, squash, asparagus, snap peas, zucchini, or what ever I can find). I package the leftovers in a one to two cup plastic container and take them for lunch during the week. I make a veggie wrap, add to leftover meat/fish or just eat the veggies as a snack. YUM!
3/24/2008 4:37:03 PM

SEDONA0410's SparkPage
I cook about once a week, placing food in ziploc bags in my freezer & refrigerator. I figure out what I can eat in a week and freeze the rest. It is so easy when I come home from the gym and starving, to "pop" my food in the microwave and eat within minutes of getting home. I also have less dishes to take care of after eating!
3/4/2008 1:02:29 PM

BFGAYE's SparkPage
I do this for my husband's lunch boxes.
This way they aways have healthy food in healthy portions.
My son, who now prepares his own lunch boxes has seen me do it this way
and now prepares it this same way.
It's nice to know I've passed along at least one healthy habit.
2/28/2008 6:34:11 PM

PROTOTD's SparkPage
This is especially helpful if your family isn't following the same dietary guidelines as you are. Not to mention that you can store already portioned out for one, so all you have to do is grab the container and not worry about defrosting too much!
2/15/2008 9:50:37 AM

PAMMYLBEAR's SparkPage
I do this, but I like to cook up big batches of hamburger, chicken, meatballs, and beans for use in crockpot recipes, among others.. I don't like washing pots and pans and this means less of that. Lots of times, I make two to three times a recipe and freeze the rest in meal size portions for my family. It's been a lifesaver more than once!

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