Cooking for the week....who does it?

  • vindog

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    Sep 09, 2008 6:16 AM GMT
    I usually pick a night during the week (usually Sunday or Monday) to cook tons of food to have healthy meals throughout the week, esp when I am in hard training mode like now.


    Anyone else do this? What do you guys cook and tupperware away for the week?
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    Sep 09, 2008 10:24 AM GMT
    I do it and a Professional chef. You don't want to cook when your working 12 hours a day. I normally bake my bread and do all my veg prep on sundays.
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    Sep 09, 2008 2:56 PM GMT
    For lunches, I usually cook up a family pack of chicken breasts on my George Foreman Grill, and then freeze them. For lunches, I take them out & put them in the fridge the night before, they're thawed by morning. I also make a big batch of brown rice in my rice cooker (made with chicken stock for added flavour)and portion it out over three days. This way all I have to do is add some veggies to round out the meal.

    In the colder months, I'll make black bean lime cilantro chili, healthy stews, and even soup with whole wheat noodles or brown rice in large batches & then portion & freeze it. If done properly I can make a month's worth of meals in one shot for the winter.
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    Sep 09, 2008 3:05 PM GMT
    I cook my lunches for the week over the weekend. I think you have to plan ahead if you want to stick to your health plan. It is too easy to be derailed if something comes up that throws you off schedule.
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    Sep 09, 2008 3:20 PM GMT
    Do you guys vary your lunches or dinners much then? Seems if you do a ton of chicken, then you're eating chicken every night. That the plan? Like the soup/stew idea too, now that the weather is changing.
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    Sep 09, 2008 3:24 PM GMT
    I do.

    I use a slow cooker to cook all kinds of healthy foods and make a big amount. Then I divide it up into portions, put it in freezer bags, and microwave it when I want.

    I have different types of dishes prepared and frozen, plus heat up frozen vegetables too.

    I don't like to cook, but I lke to eat healthy.
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    Sep 09, 2008 3:25 PM GMT
    I'd gladly accept any of your favorite recipes too.... love to have some good slow cooker healthy recipes to make. If you want to email any, I'll test them for you
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    Sep 09, 2008 3:28 PM GMT
    I have in the past and periodically do....
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    Sep 09, 2008 3:28 PM GMT
    Yes, and God Bless that George Foreman Grill......turkey burgers, chicken breasts.....anything.
  • vindog

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    Sep 09, 2008 3:35 PM GMT
    I don't have a Foreman, but my friends keep telling me I need one.


    I make a huge batch of pintos in my crock pot. I eat them instead of meat a few meals a week. I also love guatemalan breakfast (eggs, refrieds, tortillas, coffee). My mix is

    Beans
    1/2 onion
    6 cloves garlic
    chili powder
    cumin
    cinnamon
    epazote (from your mexican market. adds a nice flavor and a natural beano)
    pepper
    olive oil

    salt them at the end.



    Last night I made a big batch of steamed greens, roasted sweet potatoes, yams and golden beets, buffalo burgers and millet with olive and hearts of palm.

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    Sep 09, 2008 3:37 PM GMT
    Every now and then I will, however I'll usually prepare my meals the day before for the next day.
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    Sep 09, 2008 3:37 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidDo you guys vary your lunches or dinners much then? Seems if you do a ton of chicken, then you're eating chicken every night. That the plan? Like the soup/stew idea too, now that the weather is changing.


    I usually have enough to work with to do so. I buy big batches of mixed greens so i can make a giant salad with quinoa or millet or ripped up tortilla and some sort of protein.

    Or I can just use the protein mixed in with steamed greens and my carb. I think I need to try the chili/stew thing too.


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    Sep 09, 2008 3:42 PM GMT
    I'll usually grill 4-5 lbs of Salmon outside in one day. I start eating it right away. As soon as I'm nearing the end, I grill 6-8lbs of chicken breasts outside. I repeat this all year around. There are other things* that I'll cook ahead too, but not as often as the chicken/salmon 'cycle.'
    *Filet
    *Bolongese Sauce
    *Stews
    *Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread

    I tend to make my vegetables as I go.
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    Sep 09, 2008 3:49 PM GMT
    atlnvmasc said
    I usually have enough to work with to do so. I buy big batches of mixed greens so i can make a giant salad with quinoa or millet or ripped up tortilla and some sort of protein.

    Or I can just use the protein mixed in with steamed greens and my carb. I think I need to try the chili/stew thing too.
    That sounds good, have to try some of those ideas. Need to look up millet also, not sure what that is.
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    Sep 09, 2008 3:54 PM GMT
    bgcat57 saidI'll usually grill 4-5 lbs of Salmon outside in one day. I start eating it right away. As soon as I'm nearing the end, I grill 6-8lbs of chicken breasts outside. I repeat this all year around. There are other things* that I'll cook ahead too, but not as often as the chicken/salmon 'cycle.'
    *Filet
    *Bolongese Sauce
    *Stews
    *Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread

    I tend to make my vegetables as I go.
    So you freeze them after cooking so you just have to reheat them, is that the idea, fast and simple to fix dinner after work.
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    Sep 09, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    I'll prepare a few days in advance.

    Don't really feel in the mood to cook after 12 hours of classes.
  • vindog

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    Sep 09, 2008 5:05 PM GMT
    eb925guy said
    atlnvmasc said
    Need to look up millet also, not sure what that is.


    Millet is an ancient grain that is extremely good for you. It, along with buckwheat and quinoa, is a non-acid forming carbohydrate grain source. High in protein, too....

    The downside is you need to roast it a bit before cooking it like rice/quinoa, otherwise the shell stays hard. I did this yesterday and overcooked it a bit, but the millet/olive/hearts of palm I made was still awesome.

    http://chetday.com/millet.html
  • VinBaltimore

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    Sep 09, 2008 7:30 PM GMT
    HighVoltageGuy saidEvery now and then I will, however I'll usually prepare my meals the day before for the next day.


    That's totally what I do so I don't eat dinner quite as late. Plus, if I can't get dinner on the table soon after I get home from the gym I start snacking on whatever I can grab. Try to double recipes so I have leftovers for lunch or mid-day snacks.

    I do usually grill a bunch of marinated chicken breast on Sunday so I have them for the week (right now my favorite marinade is olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh basil and red pepper flakes).

  • vindog

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    Sep 09, 2008 11:14 PM GMT
    jhargraves saidDon't you know the nutrition you lose by storing it instead of fresh!!! YIKES, you really should be more careful!



    I think the issue is people don't have time to cook healthy meals every night. So while it may lose some nutritional values, its better than getting in with a tub of hummus and chips.

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    Sep 10, 2008 6:08 AM GMT
    atlnvmasc said I think the issue is people don't have time to cook healthy meals every night. So while it may lose some nutritional values, its better than getting in with a tub of hummus and chips.
    I think you're absolutely right, I found myself munching on tortilla chips tonight because I couldn't start dinner until I returned from a family matter and I was so hungry. Then came home and had chicken breast and a salad. oh well.
  • vindog

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    Sep 10, 2008 6:13 AM GMT
    wow i did the same thing...went to a friends sooo hungary and dinner wasn't ready,so i had some chips and salsa

  • Sep 10, 2008 6:27 AM GMT
    i really want to start doing this, but what is the best way to make it last till friday? is freezing the meat essential? will it keep in the fridge for a week? and how does fish hold for a week?
  • xysx

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    Sep 10, 2008 7:20 AM GMT
    Cooking each day takes time. EATING each day takes time. I run full tilt at work 12+ hrs/day, so unless food is quick, easy, and TASTES GOOD, i won't eat. As it is, I often find myself grazing form one meal to the next, 6 meals/ day. I try to get a weeks worth of cooking done in one felled swoop. As of late, I seem to have developed a workable system:,
    ,I get wild rice blend cooking, When it's on a simmer,,
    I boil off 2 1/2 dozen eggs, for 7 minutes (I hate trying to choke down 4 eggs every morn. when the yolks are dry as sulfur dust.)
    Meanwhile, I butterfly a family pack of good quality chicken breast, and grill it off until JUST done, Not Overdone! this way, they retain their moisture & flavor when reHeated (read: NOT reCooked)in microwave I usually try to split the # of breasts into 4 types of seasonings; ie, Thai, Cajun, Indian, Italian, japanese, or '"flavor marinade of the week", so I maintain variety & keep the taste buds going. I can then portion out in baggies, putting 1/2 in fridge, 1/2 in freezer for 2nd half of week..
    While that's doin it's thing, I portion out 1/2 cup increments of dry uncooked, organic 7-grain hot cereal flakes into baggies to microwave cook daily.
    I try to go shopping once weekly for portioned deli sliced turkey, rye bread, bags of spinach/ wild greens, yogurt, fresh veggies, berries, fruits, and frozen mango cubes for daily routine of sandwich, salads, side veggies, and fruit smoothies.
    With these things out of the way, I find less guilt in having each nights 2nd dinner as prepacked frozen wild salmon or halibut from Costco or Sams club to match up with the rice & veggies.

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    Sep 10, 2008 2:44 PM GMT
    I've really enjoyed getting into the habit of eating healthy. Though I don't have quite the variety of foods that you guys do, I do mix it up with different sauces, flavors, etc.

    But I will cook up a lb of turkey for my lunches, alternate veggies, buy bulk packs of meat from costco and freeze individual portions (I actually have a food scale that helps me with my portion sizes, best purchase EVER) so I can thaw it out in the afternoon for dinner that night.

    It really helps me save time, gives me more time on days when I'm not prepping to do other things, etc.
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    Sep 11, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    I want to start doing it. We should share some of our favorite recipes or cook books.