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Cook a Week of Meals in 4 Hours Video Program

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


VIDEO #1. Your Weekly Bulk Grocery Shop

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:

  • Buy most of what I need at the discount grocery store the day before I plan to cook in bulk.
  • Buy my meats, canned foods, household supplies, etc. at the grocery store and then walk three blocks with my grocery cart to the fruit and vegetable store to get the freshest and most local produce.
  • During the week I might pick up things like eggs, spinach, fruit, coffee,  and yogurt from the health food store. 

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?


VIDEO #2. Your Weekly Meal Plan

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:

  1. Create a plan.
  2. Break down the plan into projects.
  3. Further break down the projects into tasks.

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! :-)


VIDEO #3. Stage 1 Bulk Cook: Using the Oven.

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. 

  1. Roasted Cauliflower [0:05]: The easiest way to prepare and roast cauliflower.
  2. Roasted Carrots [3:11]: Another simple recipe using carrots, onions, seasonings, and lime juice.
  3. Roasted Chicken Breast [8:45]: In this example I did a dry roast of chicken only using seasonings. 
  4. Roasted Pork Tenderloin [15:33]: Cooked in a cast iron pan with fresh fruit and spices.
  5. Mashed Red Skinned Potatoes [23:08]: A fast and easy way to cook potatoes on the stove top.
  6. Checking to see what's finished cooking [26:21]: There are four dishes cooking in the oven while the potatoes are cooking the stovetop.
  7. You'll need storage containers for you bulk meals [27:37]: Some notes on storing your "hard work" to enjoy at home or on the go. 
  8. Chopping up raw veggies to have as crudités [28:59]: Healthy snack food for dips, to add to a salad, or any meal. 
  9. Coming to the end & mashing the potatoes [33:38]: Finishing up the bulk cook and a note on how long to let some meats cool down before cutting and serving, or storing. 

VIDEO #4. Stage 2 Bulk Cook: Prep Salad & Slow Cooker

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. 

  1. Cabbage Salad [0:05]: You can make any kind of salad in bulk. Cabbage is very robust and will easily last a week in the fridge. A leaf salad, when prepared, should be eaten within a few days or the leaves will get soggy and brown. 
  2. Slow Cooker Stewing Beef Stew [8:10]: This is a simple, hearty recipe, great for any time of year. It's also easy to modify any of the ingredients, and I provide a number of different variations for consideration. 

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