{healthy batch-cooking}

11 Feb

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it seems like this is the time of year when everyone promises to “eat healthier!” and so with that in mind, i’m going to write about a little something that helped me change my diet by creating better eating habits and healthier decisions.

i’m referring to BATCH COOKING.

working in the food industry all these years has really helped me learn how to be a better at-home cook.  i wasn’t even much of a cook until recently… i’d say within the last 5 years i really discovered my love for cooking.  it actually is relaxing to me… chopping, stirring, mixing, tasting… all of it makes me feel good.

anyway – between wacky work scheduling, random one-day sales on groceries, and not having a vehicle -something I’ve kind of had to learn to do well is batch-cook. i find it’s much easier for me to spend an afternoon preparing a bunch of food for the week than trying to figure out how i’m going to get three daily meals in during my regular work week. i was first introduced to the idea of “batch-cooking” when i was working at whole foods market. i had never really thought about preparing food ahead of time… it just wasn’t something i had considered. but the more i thought about it, the more sense it made… especially at the time, when i was working the night shift. i simply didn’t have enough time in my day to cook at home as much.

that has all changed, though. now it’s become a regular thing for me to batch-cook at least 2-3 things each week. i don’t plan my meals before shopping, i let the food guide me. when i shop, i simply look for what’s fresh – as well as local and organic. sometimes i’m inspired right on the spot and sometimes i wait until i get home and look at what i got and create dishes based on that and what i have in my pantry.

every week is different. i don’t {and due to where i used to live, couldn’t} rely on being able to get anything i want at any time i want… which is a much different mentality then my days living in manhattan. but it keeps my diet much healthier because i know what i am buying didn’t have to travel very far and therefore is much fresher, and it keeps me eating in tune with nature and the seasons.

here are a few pics of some dishes i batch-cooked recently :

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slow-cooked smoked ham hocks w/ green beans and leeks

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herb-stuffed roasted chicken and veggies…

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savory mushroom soup {with homemade beef broth}…

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dehydrated {rainbow} bell peppers…

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bacon and brussels…

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my mom’s recipe : hearty beef vegetable stew… ❤

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candied carrots, sautéed cabbage and bacon, garlic and onion kaniwa, and red kuri risotto

i also have been LOVING these purple sweet potatoes! i like to bake 3-4 at a time and just bust them out when i’m ready for one.  they freeze really well, too!

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do you batch-cook? what are some of your favourite make-ahead meals? i love to hear from you, so comment below and let me know what you think!

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9 Responses to “{healthy batch-cooking}”

  1. maryinline February 11, 2015 at 7:52 am #

    I’ve started a new meal routine myself, and your ideas will help! My tiny fridge, and the lack of freezing temps here, is making it a bit more difficult than I’d planned. I’ll work it out!

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  2. Jenny Miller February 11, 2015 at 9:16 am #

    I’m soooooooo happy you are back! Those purple sweet potatoes look super yummy too!!!!!

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  3. Erin February 16, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    everything looks SO yummy, you are my idol. xoxo, E

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  4. anthony0358 February 22, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    everything looks delicious! Thank you for sharing this with us !

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  5. IntuitionMatters February 23, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    OMG you are making me soooo HUNGRY!! thanks for inpsiring healthy eating! ❤ love to you!

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  6. circadianreflections February 23, 2015 at 7:50 pm #

    In the old days women would cook on Sat. or Sun a roast or chicken and then make meals from that all week… I’m guilty of doing that when I was younger. Today my favorite “batch” meals are prepared in the stock, or crock pot with the exception of lasagna. Crock pot favorites are: Spaghetti, and a dish I call peasant chicken. They are great meals that last us 3 days.
    We eat salads for our main course during the week too. We shop for tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, radishes, and lettuce at the local farmers market and make a huge salad. We add avocados when in season, and hard boiled eggs or chicken. The Salad only lasts for two meals though.

    I’ve only fruit and veg in season since I moved out of my parents house. If it’s not available where I live right now I don’t buy it. So no grapes from Chile in Winter for me. Locally grown hot house tomatoes I do. “)

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  7. Hannah (BitterSweet) February 25, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    It’s really sad that my school schedule has left me less time than ever to cook, since I love it so much. I really need to get better about batch cooking, because otherwise I’m forced to resort to much more takeout and prepared foods than makes my stomach or wallet happy. Love all your delicious ideas and I’m feeling inspired to get back into a better routine!

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