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8/23/19 4:34 A

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One of my favorites is To use my slow cooker to do boneless chicken thighs. I prefer them to breast meat. They are so versatile. I use them to make salads, the broth to make soup, make pulled bbq chicken, eat them as a sandwich with LTO, stir fry with mixed veggies. Let’s of different uses.

Quick as well since I buy the large family and separate and season them before freezing.

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8/22/19 4:54 A



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Another good example of bulk cooking/saving time.

Today I bought a really big pumpkin (very VERY cheap.) I already have one on the go in the fridge, so when that one is finished and I cut this new one, I am going to bulk cook a lot of it in the steamer, and then freeze it in portions. I have mashed potato in the Freezer already cooked/portioned, (some with canned reduced fat corned beef and some with parsley and Parmesan) so I can pick the potato and pumpkin out and heat them, and cook the peas or beans in the freezer, to go with the already cooked/frozen single-serve protein.

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8/22/19 4:38 A

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When crunched for time, I mix and match:

frozen fish fillets
frozen poultry/beef portions
frozen veggies
bagged prewashed salad

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8/21/19 8:53 A

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Thank you for all the great ideas! I appreciate it!!

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8/21/19 6:15 A

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I make a lot of items that freeze well. Some of my favorites are chili, soups, a taco beef skillet, and tikka masala.

I have a ton of old Noodles & Co containers; it's one of the places I treat myself with before a long race. So, I divide whatever I made into the containers, label it (masking tape and a Sharpie), and put into the freezer. On Sundays, I put the frozen meals into the fridge for the week and then I have lunches ready.

I also eat a lot of salads. Aldi has a couple of basically single serve (5 ounces) salad green containers: baby spinach, a baby spinach arugula mix, and mixed greens. In my area they cost $2.69; at other stores they cost $3.50 to $4. They are maybe a little pricier but they're an easy way to throw together a salad fairly quickly.

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I need to cook with more planning! Thank you for these suggestions!


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I have always bulk cooked and then containerized in single-serve containers and frozen them for use later. I usually have a few different meals in the freezer, as well as the protein-base to a meal, i.e. beef casserole, chicken mornay, smoked fish w/shredded cabbage and mushrooms in mornay, etc. The full meals might be a one-pot stew, or a meat/vege/rice stir-fry. I also have cooked polenta in bulk in the freezer so when I want it, I just take it out and crisp it up while I am heating up a bolognaise mix that is loaded with various veges, lentils, cannellini beans etc.

To do this just choose a time when you have some spare time. I have well in excess of a month's worth of meals/part meals in the freezer, so if I didn't want to, I don't need to do any cooking at all if I don't want to, apart from veges (which I cook a few days worth at a time.)

When I use chicken it is mostly store-bought Hot Rotisserie chicken, and sometimes I buy hot cooked roast pork loin. That is often the meat I use in the Stirfry or one-pot stew.

This method saves heaps of time, and saves money, too, because you are using one lot of power/gas and one lot of cleaning up. Take good advantage of the various specials and it makes it even cheaper.

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Here's an article you might find helpful:

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What are some meal prep ideas and plans that help with weight loss? I am getting started again and would like to set myself up for success with meals. I work 2 jobs so any simple prep ideas would be appreciated and helpful.

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