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3/14/12 11:43 A

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Tonight I am making a healthy quesadilla for dinner when I get home from the gym because its fast and I am usually starving when I get home which is dangerous in terms of nibbling while I'm waiting for food to cook! Tomorrow I am making a spark people recipe that i love...the slow cooker salsa chicken with black beans and rice yummm. I plan to eat it for dinner and then divide into plastic one serving containers that I have to keep for healthy meals for the weekend since that seems to be where my self control is lacking.

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3/13/12 9:47 A

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I forgot to add that I plan to begin my batch cooking at the end of this week with a slow cooker meal that will last me well into the middle of next week...wish me luck!

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So I haven't exactly started batch cooking but I do like to make more than one serving so I can take it for lunch the next day or keep it as a quick meal for nights that I get home from work late. Last night I was going to make a normal serving of Campbell's Light Italian Veggie Soup (which is only half a can!) and a grilled cheese. Instead, I ended up not making the grilled cheese so keep my carb levels under control and I added to the soup a spoonful of white rice and a spoonful of pink beans along with a small grilled chicken breast tender (about 2oz) and a little parmesan cheese. It was so delicious and more filling than I had expected! I saved the other half of the can in a container for tonight because I am doing 2 hours of fitness classes and will probably be starving when I get home, now I have a 3 minute meal that is delicious and nutritious.

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3/12/12 8:44 P

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As a mother of seven children, I am no stranger to big batch cooking. However, the kids are grown and my family has downsized tremendously and now my challenge is cooking for a smaller crowd. I find that I still make too much at times but that's okay because I also portion the leftovers into smaller containers and freeze. It makes for a quick and easy meal solution on those nights I just don't feel like cooking!

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3/6/12 6:13 P

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A personal favourite is the Lasagna Skillet Toss by Kraft (with some substitutes). This week we made it with left over chicken (we had roasted one on the weekend), low fat old cheddar, no parmesan and low sodium-fat free cottage cheese. We added diced red pepper, mushrooms and lots of onion in the recipe and then made steamed broccoli and green beans as a side. It is really easy to make and it makes a lot as well.

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2/24/12 8:47 P

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Exactly, I have been doing "big batch cooking" of sorts, since moved out of my own, which until this challenge came around I didn't realize was a time saving technique or could be a healthy eating enforcer. Usually on Sunday, I go shopping for the week and make all of my lunch meals for work that day. I always buy 3 to 4 good looking fruits, chop them into a mixed fruit salad for the week, and portion them out into 1 cup portions (glass pyrex 1 cup storage bowls; love them). Then, I make sure that I eat at least one of those portions daily. Just that one simple cup is two fruit servings for the day. Also, whenever I make a recipe, I try to make 4-6 servings. So, I have leftovers to eat when cooking time is not an option.

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2/21/12 11:00 P

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Thanks Paula!

I have done a couple extra recipes while cooking this past week, so 2 extra meals in the freezer for busy days!

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2/21/12 12:02 A

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Week 2, day 5

spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen doing big batch cooking and loving every minute of it! Since starting this challenge I have rediscovered my love of cooking.

Friday cooked spaghetti & meatballs (froze 4 future dinners), Saturday cooked "mustardy pot roast" in crock pot, made 3 meatloaves, turkey sausage stuffed cannelloni and turkey burgers.

Feeling very content knowing that I have dinners ready to heat & serve in freezer for those nights when there literally is no time to think and that I have meal plan for the remainder of the week!

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I do big batch cooking all the time and freeze them. I make chicken pot pies for my husband, I make a big batch of chili and big pan of lasagna. I let the lasagna cool in the fridge then divide it up in baggies. I also make cabbage rolls and stuffed peppers. They all freeze really well. And if unexpected company comes you have something you made home made ready
to eat with a salad. I love batch cooking. I didn't really know it had a name for it. I've been batch cooking for years. Same with making apple pie. I usually make about 4 - 5 pies and freeze them. I haven't batched cooked for a few months, but it sounds like I should start again.

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emoticon emoticon Week 2 Day 7

Had great left-overs last night. This batch cooking is a wonderful idea and is workable too.

RFBYYKKNEN - I don't have all the recipe for my"Cornbread Mexican Meal" all written down yet in the exact order of directions. I should write things down as I go, but I just don't. I don't know why? emoticon
When I get it all put together, I will send you a copy or post it here somewhere and then let you know where it is located. Thanks for the interest.

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What great idea batch cooking I did the chili the 15 min one did it in the crock pot and then cooked chicken breast so i have them for the Waldorf salad and chicken tacos. thought these would good ones to get me started and search to build on into more ideas. I will need to get some more food saver bags. continue to build on my master shopping list and decided that you need do a kitchen make over clean out more than once. found another kitchen tool i thought i had gotten ride of my magic bullet replacement rings! so far i have found my blades to the food processor and now the little white rings for the bullet. next project search the store age area in the basement and find my steamer for veggies. this is the challenge i hope gets me on track and a new healthy way of eating emoticon emoticon emoticon


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Paula, I would love that cornbread mexican meal recipe!

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emoticon Week 2 Day 6

I made a batch recipe last night and put up the remaining we didn't eat for another meal. It was my version of a "Cornbread Mexican Meal". It turned out great. My DH wants me to make it again!

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Saw a great recipe for stuffed peppers to freeze on instructables.com



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emoticon Week 2 Day 5

Today is the day of the beginning of batching! Since I do have some disabilities, I plan on doing a batch a day as possible for the remainder of the week. It is going to be interesting to see how it all comes out!

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My sister and I have cooked together and have done freezer cooking/big batch cooking. We chose 5 or 6 different recipes, went shopping and shared the expense, then cooked the day away. We made several batches of each recipe so could put at least 2 in our freezer. It's a great way to have food ready to pull out when you need a meal! It's also fun to cook with someone for the day. I've also made two batches of something and thrown the extra batch in the freezer for the next time. It is an easy way to do it since I was already cooking it. :) I like to cook and it's fun to have things to grab out so I don't have to think so hard! Paula, I have used allrecipes.com and I bet you could search their site for some healthy freezer meals and even crockpot meals. There are so many things you can cook in a crock pot!

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I had some really bad leg tremors yesterday. I cut me down on my batch cooking plans for the day, but after church this morning, I plan to begin my "plan". I have not heard of this particular website one of you have shared. It sounds very interesting. I don't think I can come up with a lot of recipes to prepare in advance for a crock pot. Please help me on some ideas. I sure would appreciated it!

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Week 2: Going to make my list and pick out my recipes. Has anyone heard of pinterest.com? someone posted "frozen crockpot meals" Basically you pick out multiple crockpot recipes then cut and chop everything for all the meals. Line up your freezer bags on the counter put all your veggies and meats etc..in bags and freeze laying down (for easier freezer space) Thaw out the day beforfe you are going to want to cook it. In the morning dump in crockpot and add any liquids etc.. and when you get home you will have a healthy delicious meal

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Today I went into the quick recipes section and saved a lot of things (in My Recipes) that I will try making.
My next step is to go get something from the freezer for a crock pot dinner for tomorrow. Then whatever's left can be frozen for future meals. I have a really nice crock pot that a friend gave me and for whatever reason I forget I have it and don't make enough dinners in it. So many friends and family tell me the wonderful thing they made in the crock pot! Now to explore the freezer!

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Today is grocery shopping day and plan to begin batch cooking. Here goes!

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Getting all my grocery list and meal planning done for the weekend. I plan to do big batching this weekend!

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I am excited about this particular part of the Healthy Cooking challenge! I intend on trying to make as many dishes as I can and see how they store. I cook in big batches a lot, but I need to make them in smaller portions in order to actually store for a meal's serving. Here is to cooking!

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What I thought was me being lazy I am now being encouraged to do. I always make big batches and freeze meals for later. That is for days when I don't feel like cooking. I have a crock pot but must admitt I only use it once a week, Not sure why.

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I don't have a crock pot but often deliberately make double or triple what I need so that I know I have somethign ready prepared when I get home from work. I house share with others but we all cook seperately. I used to struggle to get portion sizes right but now use my measuring cups for. I have also 'taken over' the freezer. My housemates rarely use it so it makes sense that I make use of it instead and will freeze portions so if I have a late night at work I can reach for the freezer not the takeaway menu!

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1/18/12 8:51 A

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I love the big batch cooking idea. I have two crock pots and rarely used either of them until now. Yesterday I made the Turkey Sausage and Bean Stew and it was so delicious. I have some left overs and will freeze them if we don't eat them up. That is what I usually do when I make big batches of stuff. There is only four of us in our family so we dont always eat foods up right away.
We have always used coupons and bought items on sale. I think I am ready to move onto the third stage of this challenge!

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I have a crock pot, but most of the time I put dinner in my deep sauce sauce pan and cook on high simmer (done in 3-3 1/2 hrs) or low simmer for a slower cook. I can't taste the difference! Unfortunately, I don't know a thing about pressure cooker, so I can't help with that.

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i dont have a crock pot, but i do have a pressure cooker, does the food quality still taste good?? im a little skeptical on using it. i got it as a christmas gift.

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I have noticed that there are many meals devoted to leftovers these days. My abilities in the kitchen are improving as I actually spend time cooking and thinking about how to nutritiously prepare food. It is amazing to me that my shopping lists are really no bigger, just better food now.


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I have started to cook a bag of chicken breast which is about 7 pounds. I just seasoned and place in the crockpot. After they are done I separated and freeze some and for dinner that night I might just add a bag of frozen vegetables. I may eat that for two meals and that saves for two days.

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I measure and weigh my ingredients for my big batch soups and stews.this controls how much stuff I add to it.the soups come in handy when in a hurry for a Quick meal for the family.


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I do sometimes cook in big batches, but I suppose that I could cook meals that are more nutritious.

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I need better storage containers, I guess that is another item on the list !!

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I usually don't cook a lot, which has been part of the problem -- too much on-the-go impulse eating. However, in the past month, I have taken time on Saturday to prepare big batches and split them into individual serving containers for the week ahead. This has helped me keep more on track and away from fast food. So far, I have made chili, a dish with veggies & quinoa, and today, a casserole with rice, broccoli, & chicken that I found sparkpeople.com. To make today's dish, I actually had to buy a casserole dish. LOL I'm already looking forward to making yet another big batch of something for the week after next.

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Cooking large amounts is something I like to do as I can freeze meals and have healthy fast food when I need it.
This week I will be making chicken casserole that can be frozen and used a it is or as a pie with a filo pastry topping.
I also want to make up a batch of mince with onions and vegetables that can be the base for chilli, shepherds pie or bolognese.

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I love my crock pot to save time and make enough for a couple meals. I have my standby recipes but going to check out the SP recipes for new ones to try and experiment more. Plus, it's winter time so I love coming home and the house smelling so yummy with whatever is waiting for me.

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I Always batch cook one or two meals a week, and when we get tired of it, or its almost reached its shelf-life, then I freeze the remainder in single servings. I take them for lunch, just set them in the fridge the night before to start thawing so they don't take too long to warm up.

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When I buy boneless, skinless chicken breast (regularly), I bake an entire tray at one time. Then, we have pre-cooked chicken ready to use in the refrigerator. Chicken breast on a green salad, cranberry dill chicken salad for sandwiches, quesedillas, or even a quick casserole or stir fry can be prepared at any time during the week. Since my household includes just two people, just about any recipe means "big batch" to us. A pot of soup is usually good for several days. Any casseroles, etc. we package up individual servings into freezer packs. That way, either of us has a handy meal available - either to take to work or to have when eating at home alone (or when my son wants to have a supreme pizza since I am not much of a pizza-eater emoticon ).

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I always cook the amount the servings that the recipe calls for. That way I can freeze the extra incase I am running late or don't want to cook. This week we are going to eat out of the freezer, so I can restock it with new recipes. I also make soup and can it, so we have the low sodium soup that my hubby needs.

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I used to batch cook all the time and am pleased to be getting back into it as it makes life so much easier! Think I will probably need to invest in a few more containers though!

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I dont tend to freeze the food i cook, but i do cook for 2 -3 days at a time of late. Makes it easier for the family. And gives me more me time.

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I actually made a lot of soup last week because my family was so sick. I had too many left overs to eat in a week so I froze the leftovers in single servings so that the next time someone gets sick or just wants soup, I will be able to get it much easier. It felt good to freeze something I know my family will eat again and not wind up throwing away leftovers because no one ate them.

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My family had roasted ham on sunday and ham sandwiched yesterday and today. But there is still a lot of ham left over. I found a recipe on sp for potatoe and ham au gratin. Sounds like scallop potatoes and ham. Hopefully this will change up the ham a bit so my family's not complaining about eating ham again. Whatever leftovers there might be of this I will freeze for later use.

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Been big batch cooking all week, but I 'm running out of fridge space!

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I like big batch cooking. I did that for a long time. Now as empty - nesters I have modified that so I cook once eat twice. My husband has never liked eating leftovers so I make up single meals. We do not like the same kinds of food so we have fend for self meals a few times a week while he eats summer sausage and crackers I can reheat some spanish rice or chicken veggie soup ect.. It works well for us. I don't have to spend as much time in the kitchen but still get healthy balanced meals even for the busy days. emoticon

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I don't always big batch cook because my family is not too big on leftovers. I do try to make enough that my husband can heat something up if he is running late or has to eat at work. I want him to be able to just heat something up since he won't eat a salad or fruit at lunch like my little one and I will. I try not to make too many leftovers though because I don't want to be throwing food away at the end of the week.

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This week was a breeze for myself. I already have all the appliances and the other two tips are things that I already do ( I talked about my shopping list in week ones discussion). Lunch tends to be the hard meal for me to prepare, so I like to make up large batches of different soups and divide them up and freeze them. Then all I have to do each day is re-heat and add a fruit or a salad and I'm good to go!

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Saturday, I made a big batch of shredded beef for sandwiches for the week. I also made 3 lbs of beef jerkey. I love to big batch cook, it saves so much time on weeknights when I'm busy. I favorites to make are french onion soup and chili. YUM!!

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My husband and I are just venturing into this area, but I like the sound of it. We tried a big batch of the slow-cooker salsa chicken and it lasted most of last week. Yesterday we made roast beef which I expect to last for days.

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I live alone. I always keep frozen tofu n my freezer broken down by a portion. An thats simple a box tofu is 4 meals. I can do most any thing with it. I keep frozen veggys an fruit in freezer an some times if i fix soup it always comes out to much so i put it in baggys by serving size. And you will always find a bag or 2 at least of dried cooked black beans. I like to make alot of def things with these an prefer to make as i go. Black beans make good hummus traditional an non lol an home made veggy burgers refried beans the options are endless. So i kinda do the batch cooking an kinda not lol i prefer to cook my variouse grains fresh. Every thing i do i have shortcuts. Blackbeans example dont like canned beans unless absolute have to the have the plastic bph in the can. So i use dried beans shortcut make a batch unseasoned black beans an bagged it for freezer dont take that long to defrost.

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I broke down and bought a rice maker. I always cooked it too long or not enough. On my first cooker batch the rice was a bit dry but I'm hoping I'll figure out the right portions! Meanwhile I've got 6 baggies of frozen rice to last me the week.


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