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Save Time with Big Batch Cooking

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5/10/2010 1:59:29 AM

For all those who are looking for healthy, easy to follow recipes that are in the big-batch-cooking vein, you owe it yourself to check out

This author has done all (and I mean -all-) the legwork for you in terms of putting together shopping lists, recipes, serving suggestions and nutrition information for main dishes that are meant to be cooked in big batches and then frozen to be thawed and made later. I have yet to find as economical, healthy and easy to follow system as hers. I just bought this yesterday as a mother's day gift for my mom - she was thrilled to get her "20 for the Freezer Mega-Menu-Mailer!"

Hope this helps some of you that are looking for the details on how to cook in this manner. Best wishes!
4/6/2010 11:14:29 AM

I bought a stand alone freezer planning to do this many years ago, this is a reminder that I have everything I need to do this.
3/23/2010 10:37:40 PM

DARK_BLUE's SparkPage
ha, me and my mom were JUST talking about this at dinner. i think it's a great idea, especially because we just bought a standalone freezer
1/17/2010 6:45:00 AM

KAYAKKIM's SparkPage
I have started doing this a little more, with the idea that I amputting in the freezer portion that are just right for me to take to work fo a warm lunch. This actually helps me make better use of leftovers. I prefer to cook fresh dinners and work through the leftovers with a plan- like cooking two roasting chickens with potatoes and veges in a dutch oven and then making soup, pot pies or quiche, and stir fry from the leftovers. This can ride us through a week!!!
12/16/2009 7:26:29 PM

ARTEMISR's SparkPage
unfortunately I don't have the freezer space for this :(
But, I am learning how to can, and hope to get a pressure cooker for canning so I can can low acidity foods like vegetable soup. This will make storage a lot easier for big batches ^_^
12/16/2009 7:24:10 PM

ARTEMISR's SparkPage
unfortunately I don't have the freezer space for this :(
But, I am learning how to can, and hope to get a pressure cooker for canning so I can can low acidity foods like vegetable soup. This will make storage a lot easier for big batches ^_^
10/19/2009 12:18:08 AM

MNGIRL1920's SparkPage
I worked as a nanny for many years and always cooked for a large family. I still cook big and now enjoy freezing for lunches. I have gotten so use to labels on every thing I put in the fridge or freezer. My friends make fun of me when they open the door and I have dates on everything that's open and in tupper wear. I just explain I can keep track of freshness better.
10/7/2009 2:08:22 PM

SHUTRBUG1's SparkPage
As a single parent working two jobs, I was always a fan of cooking once and eating twice. Now I make portion-controlled frozen dinners, soups, stews, pasta dishes and freeze them for quick dinners or lunches. My freezer is full of good, healthy meals!
8/29/2009 8:02:15 AM

GASHEM's SparkPage
I grew up cooking for 12 and had to learn to buy and cook for 1. It can be done but must be learned.

I do small, big-batch cookiing on the weekend. I go to the Farmer's Market on Saturday and cook on Sunday. This gets me through the week and drastically reduces the odds of me picking something up on the way home or eating out at lunch.
6/23/2009 4:17:06 PM

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:
-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!

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.
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

Here are some straight forward recipes

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!

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!

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!

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