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Save Time with Big Batch Cooking

Tips for Meal Planning


12/30/2008 5:26:37 AM

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

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.
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 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.
7/6/2008 1:18:25 AM

I love this idea, as I went away for two weeks as my mum had to have an operation, and I had to go with her as she has dementia. The week before I went, I cooked up a heap of casseroles, soups and muffins and froze them in meal size containers for my hubby so he just had to put them in the microwave and he had nutritious meals and snacks while I was gone.
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.
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.
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

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

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

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!

4/28/2008 4:32:35 AM

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.

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