Prepare Ahead!

by Rachel on February 9, 2010

One of the best pieces of advice I can give to people who are trying to balance healthy living with working and, you know, living a happy life, is to cook meals in advance that you can eat all week. I am swamped with work right now — swamped I tell you! — and while I’m a creature of habit and love eating the same meals every day (smoothie and PB toast for breakfast, pesto eggs for lunch, pimped-out oatmeal for dinner), I felt like I was starting to lose myself. I needed to chop some veggies, dammit! So Sunday night, I decided to stuck it up and make soup. I went with my black bean cocoa lime soup; it made for a great dinner then and now it’s making great lunches this week.

A few weeks ago, my friend Erica who is a young working girl asked me for some recipes that were good to prepare ahead. Here are some of my recipes that I think work well for this:

Apple, Sausage, and Sweet Potato Casserole

Baked Sausage and Tomatoes with Feta

Turkey Meatloaf

Veggie Lasagna

Pesto Turkey Burgers (This is good if you are single; buy a four-pack of turkey burgers or a pound of ground turkey and just cook up a burger each night; it takes like ten minutes.)

Healthy Banana Bread A girl needs easy breakfast options! Slap on some almond butter, pour a glass of milk, and you’ll be thinking, “Good morning!”

You can also see all my fave soup recipes on the Shed Kitchen page — any of these are great to make on a weekend!

If you’re looking for a new way to spend money (let’s be honest, I always am), check out this fabulous product…Culinista Kitchen! First, I’ll be honest, love the name. Second, I love the idea! For $36 you get three instructional DVDs on how to prepare meals in advance, plus recipes, a grocery list, an eco-tote, and some other ish!

“Other ish” includes iPod ready video files. This is big — it means you can watch the vids on the go or watch them in iTunes without worrying about the DVDs. Smart, smart, smart!

According to the site, “Each video covers 6-8 dishes and walks the viewer through the process of menu planning, shopping, cooking, preparation and instructions for reheating.” They teach you to menu plan and help you not waste food (huge!) and a lot of other great lessons that are fabulous for anyone with a busy life…i.e. everyone!

This is awesome, in a “I wish I had thought of that, but I’m embracing it as though I did!” sort of way. I love everything about it. I love that it’s chicks who love to cook using the web and online video to help other people learn to cook. I love that they are on Twitter and have a blog. This is the kind of sexy, savvy healthy-living stuff that I want to see take over the world!

I also adore the fact that if you are a broke-ass ho (my term, not theirs), you can stream their videos and pay what you wish. I donated to their fund last night so I could check out the videos and I definitely recommend checking them out!

OK, this busy girl must get back to work! Have a great afternoon!!

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1 amanda February 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm

I also prepare my meals on the weekend for the rest of the week. It works out so much easier when you are trying to decide what to have for dinner. I can pull out preportioned healthy meals from my freeze and pop into the microwave and have a meal within minutes.
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