Back in mid-April I started the post series, How to Cook Meals in Bulk. This is the ninth and last post that pulls everything together. Thankfully a real-time bulk cooking session only lasts a few hours, not 6-weeks like this article series!
In the first post I discussed the basics of Bulk Grocery Shopping, how to prepare a shopping list, healthy food staples to have at home, and I offered a short video to show you what I bought at the grocery store for my Sunday bulk cook.
Next up was an overview of The Meal Preparation Process. In the absence of video I broke down step-by-step the meals I prepared and the order in which they were cooked. I provided each healthy recipe as a stand-alone meal.
I want to make the process not only easy, but transparent. You should choose foods and meals that appeal to you and try to cook more than one food at a time in bulk to maximize the use of your oven (or BBQ now that it’s nicer weather), and to save time for the rest of the week.
Baked Butternut Squash and Roasted Sweet Potatoes are an absolute staple in my home. They are so easy to cook and I usually cook both at the same time since they need 45-60 minutes of cooking time.
Last year I discovered Roasted Brussels Sprouts and have never gone back to boiling them. They have much more flavour when you roast them and adding balsamic vinegar and nuts further enhances the flavours.
Baked Mango Chicken Breast is an easy and delicious dish. You can substitute another fruit, especially when peaches, nectarines, or apricots are fresh and in season. Almost any indian spice will work here — think turmeric, curry, garam masala, etc.
Whether ground beef, veal, or ground sirloin, meatloaf is another easy, one-dish and one pan meal. My Turkey Meatloaf is the leanest of the bunch but just as tasty.
I love my slow cooker and get a bit cranky if I don’t use it for a week. It’s just so easy and if you’re always pressed for time a slow cooker will be a life-saver. So go buy one now and try my Slow Cooker Beef Roast with Turnip.
Finally, eating salads as your dinner is good for you. Especially if you pack the bowl with more than just lettuce. Check out my Spinach Salad with Protein recipe and let me know about your favourite salad creations.
Putting It All Together
After reading through each posts in this series, you may think that cooking meals for the week is something you couldn’t do.
The solution is to start with one thing at a time. If you’re new to spending a couple of hours in the kitchen preparing your meals for the week, I would suggest you only cook two meals in bulk at once for the first time.
For example, prepare the squash and sweet potatoes with the baked mango chicken breast.
Follow my directions in the meal preparation process. Start the vegetables first followed by the chicken. Your total time in the kitchen will be no more than an hour and 15 minutes.
Note that you would not be working for that entire time. Your preparation time would happen at the beginning and would take no more than 15 minutes. You could easily do something else while the food is cooking (read, catch up on emails, etc.).
Have questions? Use the comments form below and let me know how I can help.