Bulk meal ideas for the poor, lost, souls (like me)!

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    May 15, 2013 11:22 PM GMT
    I've been wanting to know some awesome meals to cook lately. The only catch is - I'm wanting it to be a bit high/higher in protein, and be able to last me throughout the week. It's hard enough for me to bulk so I'm at least trying to maintain my weight and make gains (as small as they may be). Making meals in bulk seem like it will save me a lot of money in the long run (being to take it to work and all).

    I have a crockpot, grill, and a lot of other materials to use for cooking. I just need some ideas.

    P.S. No cheese - I'm lactose-ish.
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    May 15, 2013 11:25 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidI've been wanting to know some awesome meals to cook lately. The only catch is - I'm wanting it to be a bit high/higher in protein, and be able to last me throughout the week. It's hard enough for me to bulk so I'm at least trying to maintain my weight and make gains (as small as they may be). Making meals in bulk seem like it will save me a lot of money in the long run (being to take it to work and all).

    I have a crockpot, grill, and a lot of other materials to use for cooking. I just need some ideas.

    P.S. No cheese - I'm lactose-ish.


    Sidetracking thread. If the cheese says 0 g sugars on the label, there is no lactose. For most cheeses other than soft cheeses that is the case.

    I avoided cheese unnecessarily for decades. icon_cry.gif

    Now back to Josh's recipe thread.
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    May 15, 2013 11:26 PM GMT
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    JumpMan_Josh saidI've been wanting to know some awesome meals to cook lately. The only catch is - I'm wanting it to be a bit high/higher in protein, and be able to last me throughout the week. It's hard enough for me to bulk so I'm at least trying to maintain my weight and make gains (as small as they may be). Making meals in bulk seem like it will save me a lot of money in the long run (being to take it to work and all).

    I have a crockpot, grill, and a lot of other materials to use for cooking. I just need some ideas.

    P.S. No cheese - I'm lactose-ish.


    Sidetracking thread. If the cheese says 0 g sugars on the label, there is no lactose. For most cheeses other than soft cheeses that is the case.

    I avoided cheese unnecessarily for decades. icon_cry.gif

    Now back to Josh's recipe thread.


    Interesting, but the taste of cheese has never appealed to me. I've spent 20 years avoiding it and I'll spend another 20 doing the same haha! icon_lol.gif Still, I didn't know that. Thanks icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 19, 2013 8:16 AM GMT
    A big hefty pot of chili!
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    May 20, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
    1) Meat loaf

    2) Tomato sauce loaded with a mix of ground beef, ground pork with sauteed mushrooms, red and green peppers.

    3) Bake 5 or 6 chicken breasts, brush with BBQ sauce. Easy to reheat in the microwave for a yummy dinner!
  • Montague

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    May 20, 2013 10:30 PM GMT
    Lots of tuna and salmon and chicken breast. You can afford these in bulk because they are pretty cheap in all markets
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    May 20, 2013 10:40 PM GMT
    This is my easy lean chili recipe. It's a quick make, but can be put in the crock pot and will freeze and keep well.

    I start by heating a couple of tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil in my big stock pot. I toss in some frozen chopped onion (because I hate chopping onion - I always have them in my freezer). Sometimes I will also add in some sliced baby portobella mushrooms and sautee them until they get nicely browned up.

    Then I add a pound of either 93% lean ground beef or ground turkey. Add some salt and pepper cook until it's browned. I then add some chili powder and some cumin - to taste. If you like your chili spicy, add some chili flakes, or some jalapenos.

    I then add one can of each - black beans, pinto beans, and red kidney beans. (Or, if you have a Kroger grocery store, they actually have an organic 3 bean blend that is amazing and is why I started adding all 3 to my chili.)

    Add 2-3 cans of Fire roasted tomatoes.

    Once that comes up to a boil, reduce your heat and simmer it for 10 minutes or so, and it should be done.
  • iHavok

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    May 20, 2013 10:45 PM GMT
    I do the same thing...
    My roommates also now that I think of it.
    Seems the secret is good variety of whatyou make so you dont get tired of it, week after week.

    my last favorite was this chimichurri sauce on chicken breasts. Nice tang.
    http://www.menshealth.com/bbq/recipes/chimichurri-steak

    Right now Im in love with chipotle/greek yogurt sauce (maybe there's a lactose-less substitute you could do?)

    http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=876688

    i also love this recipe as a way of eating more dark green leafys...

    http://foodloveswriting.com/2013/05/10/shredded-brussels-sprouts-salad-with-toasted-walnuts-and-dates/

    and adapt and change what you want about the recipes...make them cheaper, easier, fit whatever diet you pick... I dont use dates when making brussel sprout slaw, i use raisins. way cheaper... You just have to look out there for your options
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    May 20, 2013 10:47 PM GMT
    This is my other secret recipe. I typically have to make this for potlucks because people love it. I make it in triple batches, but I only use two packets of the seasoning, or else it can be too spicy for people.

    images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTMskd7InMDuvocT5mr4u3

    The recipe is use this packet of seasoning. You can follow the directions on the back, but here is what I do which jazzes it up ever so slightly...

    I usually buy a 5 pound bag of frozen chicken breasts. It's usually cheaper. I thaw the chicken and dice it up to reasonably large chunks. In my big stock pot, I again put some extra virgin olive oil and sautee some frozen chopped onion. I add the diced chicken and cook it until it's mostly cooked through. I add the packet(s) of seasoning and let that cook for a minute or so, then add 3 cans of canned white beans (usually great northern for me). Then instead of water, I add a box of chicken stock.

    This I usually cook the chicken and assemble the rest in the crock pot and let it simmer on low because I am taking it to work or something. It keeps well and freezes beautifully.
  • iHavok

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    May 20, 2013 10:49 PM GMT
    i wish i liked beans :_(

    growing up, they were what my mom would feed us when we ran out of food.... Just boiled beans. maybe onion if we had some.

    horrible.
  • iHavok

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    May 20, 2013 10:55 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    iHavok saidI i also love this recipe as a way of eating more dark green leafys...

    http://foodloveswriting.com/2013/05/10/shredded-brussels-sprouts-salad-with-toasted-walnuts-and-dates/


    ^ Hey thanks for this great recipe. Looks amazing and tasty. Gonna try it out soon someday. icon_biggrin.gif


    I loved it.

    My roommate said "we dont eat vegetables" because I suggested it as an entree for ppl to bring to a potluck...so it's been my goal since then to have a delicious vegetable side for every meal he comes to. lol
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    May 20, 2013 11:29 PM GMT
    What I did today with a small chicken was, I skinned it and put the skin in the oven to crisp up like pork crackling with some salt on it (for a snack). Then I poached the chicken in water with a big bunch of thyme, an onion and a carrot. This left me with enough chicken for 2 big meals and a litre of chicken stock I can use for 2 portions of soup or risotto (although risotto is simple carbs). Four and a half meals for £4!
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    May 21, 2013 12:31 AM GMT
    I just got home from a session with my personal trainer. He kicked my arse tonight! Had my favorite protein rich dinner. 1/4 pound 93% lean hamburger patty seasoned with Cajun spices on the George Foreman grill. While that cooked, I steamed a generous cup of broccoli and carrots, seasoned with lemon pepper. Washed it all down with a large glass of water with a few lemon slices. Now enjoying a small apple for dessert. After I clean up the kitchen, and pack tomorrow's breakfast and lunch (hard boiled eggs, precooked chicken breast, bunch of raw veggies, an orange, banana, handfull of baby spinach, and some berries), I'll have a Greek yogurt with some dark chocolate agave sweetened granola.

    Tomorrow, dinner will be a baked cod filet (wild caught) and braised collards with a fried egg over easy, and some mixed fruit since it's a cardio day and I'll need the energy boost. Then my night snack will be Rosemary Triscuits with garlic humus.

    I'm a cheap skate and never spend more than $75/week on groceries and I eat well and mostly whole foods.

    Will definitely be making that chili!
  • Timbales

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    May 21, 2013 1:05 AM GMT
    Grilled chicken breast, diced up and mixed with cooked brown rice, broccoli and some teryaki sauce. Put in Ziploc containers and freeze - quick and easy and to microwave anytime.
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    May 21, 2013 1:14 AM GMT
    my polish grandmother made her famous tuna mac salad (whos grandma didnt) since i was a kid, and i learned to make it too, loaded with nutritional goodies and plenty of protein, plus you can make a huge amount and eat it for days, great after a workout when your starving, i still make a big bowl and eat it for a few days


    macaroni-salad-with-tuna-recipe.jpg

    http://kiddiescornerdeals.com/2011/06/cold-tuna-macaroni-salad/

    3 cups elbow macaroni(measure 3 cups uncooked)
    •10 eggs-hard boiled
    •1¼ cup Hellman’s mayonnaise
    •½ cup Miracle Whip
    •½ teaspoon yellow prepared mustard
    •2 cans light tuna in water-drained
    •¼ cup finely chopped sweet onion
    •½ teaspoon salt
    •1 teaspoon black pepper
    •Paprika

    Sprinkle with paprika
    Refrigerate 2-4 hours or overnight (this is important to refrig before eating, its always better the next day!)


    additions to this receipe, makes for a hardy crunch
    add chopped raw celery
    add chopped raw baby carrots

    substitute
    Lawry's season salt instead of Paprika sprinkled on top
    i just use Miracle whip, but practice which mayonnaise you like
    you dont have use that many boiled eggs
    i use solid white tuna in water, NOT light (its a bit more pricey)
  • LJay

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    May 21, 2013 1:15 AM GMT
    TheQuest saidThis is my easy lean chili recipe. It's a quick make, but can be put in the crock pot and will freeze and keep well.

    I start by heating a couple of tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil in my big stock pot. I toss in some frozen chopped onion (because I hate chopping onion - I always have them in my freezer). Sometimes I will also add in some sliced baby portobella mushrooms and sautee them until they get nicely browned up.

    Then I add a pound of either 93% lean ground beef or ground turkey. Add some salt and pepper cook until it's browned. I then add some chili powder and some cumin - to taste. If you like your chili spicy, add some chili flakes, or some jalapenos.

    I then add one can of each - black beans, pinto beans, and red kidney beans. (Or, if you have a Kroger grocery store, they actually have an organic 3 bean blend that is amazing and is why I started adding all 3 to my chili.)

    Add 2-3 cans of Fire roasted tomatoes.

    Once that comes up to a boil, reduce your heat and simmer it for 10 minutes or so, and it should be done.


    Quest, if you brown the meat carefully and then reduce the heat, add the chopped onions and clamp on the lid, you can avoid the oil altogether and cut out a few fat calories. Stir a little, but basically keep the lid on while the onions soften.

    i do chili like this and find that I can use up to eight cans of beans, so I watch for beans of all sorts and tomatoes on sale.