When you're short on time, decisions about what to eat can get stressful and often times, we will resort to making poor food choices out of convenience.
This is totally fine once in a while...
However, a continuous pattern of doing this can make us feel like crap and will get in the way of us smashing our goals We can't have that!
Batch cooking is a great way to ensure you nourish yourself during those busy times when you most need to be ENERGIZED and FEEL YOUR BEST . Batch cooking is making several servings of a few dishes/ingredients and eating them throughout the week.
It doesn't necessarily mean you won't need to step foot in the kitchen all week (although you certainly can plan it out that way), but it will definitely shorten the amount of time you'll spend in there. The key is to freestyle and experiment!
A crucial part of this cooking method is the skill of repurposing . Repurposing is when you incorporate core ingredients and leftover dishes you've already enjoyed into new dishes. It's helpful because it can get pretty boring eating the same meal day after day.
Repurposing requires CREATIVITY and RESOURCEFULNESS, but with a bit of practice you'll be able to MacGyver some pretty wicked meals!!
This week's meal plan makes use of a slow cooker to help make batching cooking even easier because you can do it overnight or while you are at work/school. It's a pretty versatile appliance and may be worth the small investment to make your life easier.
Here are the details of how this week's meal plan does it:
Batch made? or
What is being reinvented?
|Dinner||chicken thighs, baked potato, & green beans||batch made||
shred leftover chicken
|Snack||date balls & smoothie|
|Lunch||asian soup||Monday stir fry||pour the broth over the stir fry|
|Dinner||Salad||batch made||lettuce topped with quinoa, bean salad, & guacamole|
|Snack||popcorn mix||batch made|
|Lunch||lettuce boats with Mexi rice|
|Dinner||chicken tacos||Monday chicken thighs, Tuesday bean salad & guacamole||stuff taco shells with shredded chicken, coleslaw, bean salad, & guacamole|
|Thursday||Breakfast||apple oatmeal||batch made|
|Snack||date balls & smoothie||batch made|
|Lunch||quinoa chili & spinach salad||Tuesday quinoa||omit quinoa in slow cooker, mix leftover cooked quinoa into finished chili|
|Dinner||potato pancakes & green beans||Monday baked potatoes & green beans||mash half of leftover baked potato to use in potato pancakes recipe|
|Snack||date balls||batch made|
|Lunch||stuffed peppers||Wednesday Mexican rice||stuff peppers with rice and bake|
|Dinner||salad in a jar||Monday chicken thighs & green beans, Tuesday bean salad & guacamole, Wednesday coleslaw||lettuce topped with chicken thighs, coleslaw, bean salad, & green beans|
|Saturday||Breakfast||apple oatmeal||batch made|
|Lunch||nachos||Tuesday bean salad & guacamole, Thursday chili||spoon hot chili over tortilla chips and top with bean salad & guacamole|
|Dinner||trout, scalloped potatoes, & coleslaw||Monday baked potatoes||slice other half of leftover baked potato to use in scalloped potatoes recipe|
|Sunday||Breakfast||egg casserole||batch made|
|Lunch||rice patties & spinach salad||Wednesday Mexican rice||after adding patty recipe's ingredients to leftover rice, form into patties and fry until crisp|
|Dinner||trout, scalloped potatoes, & spinach salad||Monday baked potatoes, Saturday trout|