Welcome to this four-part video course designed to help you develop the mindset, method, and skills to effectively and efficiently cook your meals in bulk.
I recommend you turn off all notifications and distractions and take notes while watching the videos below. Putting into practice what you learn here will be well worth your time and attention.
Think of it this way – just as you need to pay close attention when chopping food with a knife, if you're distracted while watching the videos, you might miss something useful... BUT, at least it won't be as bad as cutting a finger!
Let's get cooking!
~ Chef Darren
If you want to cook in bulk you have to shop in bulk. How do you do that? You can have groceries delivered to save time, or choose the good old fashioned way of going to the store in person. I shop 1-2 times per week. I will either:
So how do you like to shop? Do you make a list, check it twice, then send it off to your partner? Or do you scan the aisles for what you want to cook, fill your cart, and hightail it home?
Here’s where the chef’s knife hits the cutting board. Creating a weekly meal plan is the same as achieving a goal. You need to:
What does that look like when the goal is to cook a week of meals in one bulk cooking session? Take a look at any one of the meal plan options in my cook book. Any one of the three options is the “goal.” Each recipe is a project. Every step in a recipe is a task.
When things seem too complicated or daunting, choose the simplest task or project. I would rather you choose to cook one complete meal in bulk than stress about cooking a week of meals. If need be, choose the easiest option so you can experience the process. When learning something new, following someone else's model is useful in the beginning.
Practice what I have shown you in my cookbook. Keep practicing to make it your own. Practice makes for improvement! :-)
In Stage 1, I do my first batch of cooking using the oven and stove top for a variety of dishes. Each dish is time indexed (see below). I offer a lot of ideas for varying recipes, as well as cooking techniques, cooking times, and "doneness" for meat.
In Stage 2, later in my day (or you can do this on a different day in the week), I prepare two more dishes to add variety. You could make the salad on one day and any slow cooker recipe on another day.
Download your copy of Cook a Week of Meals in 4 Hours:
Download the bonus guide The Precision Nutrition Kitchen Rescue Pack: