Does a demanding schedule prevent you from cooking healthy? Busy lifestyles can send our eating habits down the drain, with our health and nutrition following right behind it. Many common health issues can arise as a result.
The solution? Batch cooking! Batch cooking is an organized system to plan, create, and utilize meals, saving you an incredible amount of time, energy and effort.
In two sessions a week, you can prepare an entire week’s worth of meals. People report reducing 20 to 30 hours of cooking and cleanup per week down to four or five!
This set of simple guidelines will help you get started:
Planning Your Menu
Know what kitchen tools you’ll need and don’t double up on recipes that need them. For example, if you need the food processor for three dishes in one session, it will take more time.
Do you have the amount and type of storage containers that you’ll need?
Plan your dishes with fridge/freezer space in mind. Look at which dishes can be frozen for later and which must go in the fridge and be consumed within two days.
Putting Your Apron On
Always have a couple extra meals stashed away in the freezer as last-ditch emergency meals to use only when you truly need them – such as when you get back from vacation.
For people who feel overwhelmed in general, batch cooking can seem daunting. However, everyone who batch cooks develops their own rhythm and system with practice, and this set of simple guidelines will help you get started. Remember, the time you dedicate to planning your menu and making the food for each week will be more than paid off in saving time and energy when you hit the fridge or freezer to rustle up a meal. Most of the effort is in the planning; once you put on that apron, it’s easy to just keep rolling!
If you love the idea of batch cooking but want more information, check out this resource.
Dr. Helton, a Portland chiropractor, has been providing chiropractic health care and treatment for accident injuries for over 30 years. Dr. Helton specializes and is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of injuries from auto accidents. He has passed advanced certification training and testing by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego in the evaluation, treatment, and management of injuries from whiplash and brain traumatology.