Everyone is busy. That is probably the truest fact in the world. Everyone is up to here (…this would be more effective if you could see me gesturing…) with things to do, places to be, and stuff to tend to. I get it. I totally do. These days I’m running on 8 hours at work + school 2 nights a week. On my days off it’s readings, assignments, and studying for tests/exams. Oh, I also write for this blog. And other blogs/magazines/outlets. And I enjoy working out or doing yoga. And I have a boyfriend who I enjoy spending time with, not to mention my girlfriends who I like to keep in touch with… And most people I know are even busier.
How the heck does one manage to still eat healthy with all the demands and commotion?! It is possible. You just have to be organized.
Save Time Cooking secret #1: Cook in bulk.
But how? And when? And all the other questions that come with that… well, I’m here to break it down for you, super simple. Ready?
1 | Who?
You of course. You will be the one preparing your food. Or perhaps your partner, in which case please send them this blog post so that they can see I apologize in advance for setting them up for this… If you’ve got kids, hey – have them join! It’s a great way to get kids invested in the food they eat: if they help cooking from a young age, they can see the kind of care and attention a great meal requires.
2 | What?
Cooking in bulk comes with some preparation. You will need a few things to make all this possible:
- A great recipe yeilding large quantities. The best recipes are things that can go in the slow-cooker, or one-pot meals like casseroles or versions of chilli. In the past I’ve posted a few recipes that I enjoy cooking in bulk (because they reheat quite well) including this coconut curry sweet potato soup or this thai quinoa casserole. I’ve pinned tonnes of recipes on pinterest also, in case you’re looking for some inspiration.
- Ingredients. (duh.)
- Fridge & freezer space. Plan ahead for this. You don’t want to prepare several freezer servings without space for ’em!
- Glass tupperware. You’ll want glass tupperware so you can reheat your leftovers without worrying about leeching plastic chemicals into your food. If you only have plastic, then I suggest transferring the food to a bowl/plate before microwaving. Depending on what you make, putting the food into a pot and re-heating on the stove top will work too.
- Motivation. Time to jump in!
3 | Where?
Cooking happens in the kitchen. Yes, you have one! Make use of those beautiful countertops and chop up those veggies!
4 | When?
Anytime you can! My favourite time to do a bunch of cooking is on Sunday. I flip my slow cooker on, and let it cook all day. Usually the slow cooker meal goes directly into the freezer, and M and I eat something else for dinner. These days the purpose of my “bulk cooking” is for quick meals on school nights, because I dislike fast-food and don’t want to be stuck starving in class.
5 | Why?
There are so many great reasons to cook in bulk! Some of these include:
- Bulk cooking saves time over the long run. Go knock off those other 99 priorities in your life during those busy week nights.
- It’s healthier. You are the one making your food. You aren’t adding a tub of salt, preservatives and additives to your food. However, the guy from that Chinese food delivery restaurant probably is. That pizza you just ordered? Probably not as clean as making your own.
- Meals for weird days. Those weird days where you have back-to-back-to-back commitments? Don’t have time to make a proper dinner? Well look at you – because you cooked in bulk, you’ve got a meal sitting in the freezer waiting to be heated up!
- It’s easy. Trust me, it’s easy if you’re doing it right.
6 | How?
Just do it. Make it a priority. Yes, you probably have 100 priorities, but shouldn’t your health be number one? Eating healthy meals means giving our body the energy and stamina to put into other priorities. Eating well gives your body the fuel you need to take on the world. Are you ready to take on the world? I bet you are!
For those looking to take it another step… Now that you can cook in bulk, you can apply these very same tips to baking or preparing snacks! It’s great when you need a healthy pick-me-up, and can keep you away from the ever-so-tempting chocolate bar in your fridge.
Good luck and let me know how it goes!
Sidenote: I also thought this resource was pretty cool: 17 things you need to know about slow cooker freezer mealsFollow