WEEK 7: Real Time Savers
Save time in the kitchen by making healthy fast food via batch cooking.
Eating real food is the way to go, but packaged and processed food is so convenient, right? Real food can be convenient, too—it just takes a little prep work.
Batch cooking is the secret weapon to save time in the kitchen and make eating real food easy. Below is a list of foods (with links to preparation and storage instructions) you can make ahead in a large batch so on busy weekdays your meals will be speedy since you’ve done most of the cooking in advance.
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Dry beans
- Whole-wheat pasta
- Chicken breasts
- Steel-cut oatmeal
- Brown rice
- Roasted vegetables: carrots, peppers, onions, zucchini
- Roasted potatoes/sweet potatoes
- French toast
- Yogurt ranch dressing
- Kale chips
- Caramel dip
- Yogurt popsicles
THIS WEEK'S ASSIGNMENT: Choose at least five items from above to batch-cook this week. Try using your batch-cooked foods in the Real Food Recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/treats included this week. (Don’t forget to keep your focus on real foods, eating three 400-calorie meals and two 150-calorie snacks a day.)