Healthytarian Minutes with holistic teacher Evita Ochel. This episode explains the benefits of batch cooking to reduce your meal preparation time and shares tips for how to do it.
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Batch cooking allows you to cook a large amount of a certain food that would normally require a longer period of time, and is a great way to cut down on your meal preparation time. It also helps to keep you on track with your health goals and makes healthy eating more convenient.
Here are some batch cooking tips for quick and easy meal preparation:
Dedicate one day or time of the week for your batch cooking. Sunday, for example, will provide a great start to your week for easy meal prep.
Cook a large pot of beans, for daily use in salads, wraps, soups, or chili. Cooked beans can be frozen, or stored in the fridge for up to a week.
Cook a large pot of a whole grain, such as brown rice, quinoa, millet, or buckwheat, for easy incorporation into various breakfast, lunch or dinner dishes throughout the week.
You can wash, chop up and store your raw vegetables in containers for quick and easy use in meals throughout the week.
You can pre-cook a bigger batch of other foods, such as potatoes.
You can batch cook soups, curries or chilis. These will typically keep well for a few days in the fridge, or can also be frozen.
You can put together entire salads, like potato salads, quinoa salads, and beans salads for the week as well.
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