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No one thinks they have enough time in the day! Do all your cooking in one batch on the weekend. Make enough for lunch and dinner for 5 or 6 days of the week. This free's up a TON of time in the week, and leaves you with one "play" day to eat something different.

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Involve the family to make this more fun. Get the kids in the kitchen and involved in picking and shopping their meals. Make bigger batches and freeze them, so you can be prepared for weekends when the unexpected happens and you can't cook! This makes SP tracking a TON easier too!
- Submitted by PAULCJONES 3/25/2010 in Organization | 19 Comments
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DASEEMAN 4/10/2010 9:39:00 PM

    Check out the book, "Fix, Freeze, and Feast". You can add the ingredients into the recipe calculator and be able to add them to your food tracker. My daughter and I cooked for 1/2 day on a weekend and had enough food for two weeks suppers.
BIKURGURL 8/19/2010 3:22:00 PM

    I always found this task daunting until I realized we could have more variety by picking out of the freezer for our picky eaters! I make homemade pancakes (with yogurt, flaxseed, and whole wheat flour) for my young boys and freeze the leftovers in a single layer, then put them in a freezer bag and heat them in the microwave for a minute.....

Also, mini meatloaves made in muffin tins are the greatest! I chock them full of veggies, make with ground turkey, and leftovers (or easy double batches) are #1 - cooked in no time vs. a whole loaf #2 freeze easily once drained and frozen in a single layer ;)

Our two favs!

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DONNA_VT 3/25/2010 8:09:00 PM

    I've tried a version of this where I cook a big meal on both days of the weekend and a soup so we have leftovers until the middle of the week
BONSAIAMAZONE 6/10/2010 7:18:00 PM

    If you need to eat different things all the time ,like me, just batch cook single ingredients, like beans, grains, pumpkins etc. Together with other veggies (cabbage, carrots, lech, zucchini) frozen raw in season and already chopped you can improvise anything out of the freezer in minutes and it tastes different every time.
SAL1512 5/21/2010 10:29:00 AM

    This is what I did for years while both boys were at home and I was working full time. It really did take the distress out of every evening. I also made sure I froze meals for later use and I made up containers with left overs made into a meal that the kids could just warm up in the microwave.
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GYPSYMAMA2010 5/18/2010 10:29:00 AM

    I use this idea a lot. I only have to cook for 2. 1 lb of meat is 2 meals for us. I cook the meats in a way that the second portion can be used in a completely different way.
DWIECHERT 3/25/2010 11:28:00 PM

    It's easy if you have a TV or computer in the room where you prepare meals. That way you don't feel like you're missing anything and still making good food.
NOLAZYBUTT110 11/30/2011 7:14:00 PM

    I just cook more and freeze when I do cook extra. Makes it easier to also buy frozen veggies (more healthy too) and add a 1/2 cup for each person than to cook and freeze those. But when I make soup I will freeze it. The all I have to do is warm it in the microwave. You can do that for baby food too! .
SUCCESS68 4/11/2011 4:32:00 PM

    This is a great idea. I do a version of this where I prepare two large portions of different meats and just add my variety of frozen or fresh veggies during the week. I like to steam fish, bake chicken or turkey, and maybe some lamb or goat for variety. Once cooked they last well even in the fridge. After working 10-13 hr days I just can't cook.
GINA180847 1/18/2011 12:45:00 PM

    I've done this for yrs. It makes life so much easier to open the fridge or freezer and see all those neatly labeled pkgs or containers. It makes for a lot more variety. I never make a small batch of anything anymore.
CHRISTYK08 9/18/2010 7:21:00 AM

    I usually cook on the weekend and one weeknight. If I don't plan ahead, I feel like that's all I do in the evenings. Also, I like to get laundry done on the weekend so my evenings are free for family and friends. Basketball season has started for my son, so two nights of the week are taken up until 9 pm!
PAULCJONES 3/26/2010 8:26:00 AM

    Yes, something I didn't have room to say - we have a computer in our kitchen and watch movies on it while cooking our meals :)
MYUTMOST4HIM 3/26/2010 8:01:00 AM

    I love doing this too!!! So glad you shared it
PAULCJONES 3/25/2010 10:02:00 PM

    Thing is, doing this SAVES time. Spend 4 hours on a weekend cooking, and you *save* an hour every night cooking fresh meals. Unless of course you just zap your evening meals, in which case you may as well just log them all in SP and move on :)

Pick stuff you will enjoy eating three or four nights / meals running. No one can tell you what that is. Soups, chilis and stews freeze really well and work as backlogs.
MEL9300 3/25/2010 9:56:00 PM

    This is a great idea! The only issue I have, I dont have the space to store all the food once it is cooked. Hopefully this will be a thing of the past. My mother in law said she is willing to give us her big freezer. Ya! I hope we can figure out how to move it.
EMSSBEARS 3/25/2010 9:35:00 PM

    Great idea, I did this when I first started and it worked out great - had forgotten how well it worked and had gotten away from this - need to start again -thanks for the reminder.
AZURELITE 3/25/2010 7:02:00 PM

    Have always wanted to do this, but don't know quite where to start. Have looked at several cookbooks, but never seem to like the meals they choose in their plans!
FRANCESCANAZ 3/25/2010 5:03:00 PM

    Yeah I cooked an 18 pound turkey on Saturday and have been eating it all week (along with my family) YUM! We love TURKEY!
DJHEILMANN 3/25/2010 4:10:00 PM

    I love this when I have the time, I find it relaxing on Sundays too.

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