Bulk Cook: 08 May 2013

Wednesday is as good a day as any other to cook my meals in bulk for the week. What’s most important is that I do it regularly (weekly) in order to always have prepared. I hate to be hungry and have to wait while I cook a meal.

Knowing I would cook on Wednesday last week, I bought groceries on Tuesday so I could get to the task of cooking early Wednesday morning without any distractions.

Here’s what I cooked for myself that will give me about a week’s worth of food. Note that I also have fruits and other food supplies on hand for meal variety. I may  have to buy more vegetables or salad later in the week since I will usually run out of these items first.

This Week’s Menu

2 pound-bag organic carrots (6-8 servings)

  • Washed, scrubbed, cut in half, and then cut in half lengthwise.
  • Place carrots in a roasting pan with one large white onion, thinly sliced ginger, juice of 1 whole lemon, salt & pepper, 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar, 1 tbsp. coconut oil, and approx. ½ cup of filtered water.
  • Cook at 350° F for about 30 minutes on the bottom rack. Turn with a wooden spatula to mix with the liquid every 10 minutes.

4 large sweet potatoes (8 servings)

  • Scrub but don’t peel.
  • Roast in the oven on the bottom rack, on top of a piece of tinfoil so that they won’t drip onto the bottom of the oven.
  • Approx. 1 hour cooking time at 350° F.
  • Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for 30-60 min.
  • Store in a container in the fridge. Or you can easily remove the skin and then mash the sweet potatoes with some lemon juice to reduce browning and refrigerate.http://www.thedailygreen.com/cm/thedailygreen/images/XO/sweet-potato-fall-market-lg.jpg

12 thick slices of peameal bacon (3 slices/serving)

  • Cook in the oven on a baking sheet.
  • Approx. 15 minutes cooking time.
  • Delicious to have for breakfast with or without eggs or as a sandwich.

 (The sweet potatoes, carrots and bacon went in the oven at the same time).

2 butterfly, boneless pork chops. (4 servings)

  • Cook in a cast iron pan with 1 cup frozen mango, 1 large yellow bell pepper (coarsely chopped), a few chopped tomatoes, salt & pepper, sesame oil, and some dried oregano.
  • Turn after 15 minutes. Cooking time about 30 min.

(Pork chops went on the top rack of the oven after the bacon was cooked).

3 large seasoned chicken breast (4 servings)

  • Roast in the oven in a cast iron pan. Turn once.
  • Cooking time about 25 minutes.

(Chicken went on the bottom rack after the carrots were cooked).

Pre-seasoned Chicken Breast

Cajun Chicken Breasts

 7 red, yellow and orange bell peppers (7 servings)

  • Wash, cut in half, remove seeds and put facedown on a baking tray covered with a little olive or coconut oil.
  • Cooking time 40 minutes. You can also brown the tops of the peppers by turning the oven onto broil for 5 minutes or less.

(Peppers went on the top rack after the pork was cooked).

Long grain brown rice (approx. 6 servings)

  • 1 cup rice mixed with 1/4 cup organic wild rice and 2 1/2 cups of filtered water. Cook on the stove with a little bit of sesame oil, salt & pepper.
  • Bring to a boil, stir, and reduce temperature to a low-simmer. Stir once more after 10 minutes. Turn off the jet after 30 minutes of cooking. Let the rice sit, covered, for another 30 minutes to completely cook and absorb the remaining water.

(I started the rice on the stove after the carrots, sweet potato and bacon went into the oven).

Cleaning up

Total cooking time was about 75 minutes. Whenever something came out of the over, I put the food into containers, then into the fridge, and washed the dishes. Cleaning dishes and cooking utensils as you go keeps you organized and when everything is cooked, you don’t have a sink-full of dishes to wash.

Lunch the next day!

Lunch the next day!

Filling In The Gaps

Other meals that I will eat in the week include eggs, salads made either with spinach or thinly chopped red cabbage and romaine lettuce (topped with the chicken or pork, served cold and thinly sliced or I’ll eat canned tuna or salmon).

I also have containers of 4% cottage cheese to eat with fruit & nuts, vegetables, or mixed with a couple tablespoons of guacamole and some spicy salsa. Finally, I will usually consume one super health shake per day.

Omnomnom! Now what should I have to eat?!

Eat well to be well.

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