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Do you have a cooking routine and what is it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 29, 2012 at 6:50 AM

For example I don't cook the food for the same day. During my lunch break at work I go to the nearby store and buy the ingredients for 4 servings meal (we don't have kids yet) and I cook it after work - this is the dinner we will eat the next day and then the next day. On the next day I again buy for 4 servings and after work I cook it - this is lunch for the next two days. So I cook once a day (and once in the morning for breakfast) and it's varied. Even with cooking once every evening I don't have any time, we also go to the gym two-three times a week. After I clean in the evening I have time to take my clothes off and that's it - no social life, even no TV. How do you do it? The people with kids especially. How do you find time to do anything, I know kids need attention, not just feeding :)))

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on March 31, 2012
at 10:28 AM

He helps with the cooking, I guess we should make simpler meals :)

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on March 30, 2012
at 09:59 PM

Always whipped cream :) Here you go - please to enjoy: http://www.paleorepublic.com/fried-rice-cauliflower-style/

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on March 29, 2012
at 05:22 PM

There are a few paleo blogs that offer sample menus and weeks along with shopping lists and recipes- quick Google search should yield some good results. I couldn't do the set meals, somedays I just gotta have Mexican or buffalo chicken or a steak or (whatever)!

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on March 29, 2012
at 04:14 PM

Might I add "Pretty please, with full fat organic whipped cream from a grass fed cow with some berries on top? :) " (or coconut milk whipped cream, whichever floats your boat!)

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on March 29, 2012
at 02:28 PM

I would love, love, love the recipe for your 'cauliflower fried rice'- that sounds delicious!

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on March 29, 2012
at 02:16 PM

Maybe he could cook every other day, then? :)

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on March 29, 2012
at 12:33 PM

I recommend something like this to get around the "hubby won't eat the same meal more than two days in a row." I'll roast a whole chicken, serve roast chicken the first night, and then have a casserole or soup the next night. We'll go 2 - 4 nights in a row eating chicken, but it's never the same meal more than twice!

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on March 29, 2012
at 12:31 PM

I'm also lucky enough to be at home right now, but I can remember the days when I had two small children and a 1-1/2 hr (one-way) commute! Kudos to you for asking what people do when they have kids!

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on March 29, 2012
at 11:15 AM

I do it by working from home and tending stuff off and on throughout the day. I'm lucky, I know. You sound hyper organized. Kudos!

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on March 29, 2012
at 09:18 AM

Yes, the crock pot is very useful but my husband hates the food prepared in it :( He finds it has a strange crock potty taste... Also, he doesn't want to eat the same meal more than twice which is understandable.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on March 29, 2012
at 01:24 PM

One day a week I usually go to town making 1-2 big items, prepping everything else so when it's time to eat I can go from stove to plate in about 10 minutes.

My work is all over the place - I can have a 12-hour day or an easy day.. or something in-between that. In addition, I CrossFit and lift 5 days a week. But there is always, no matter what, time to eat a good meal and see friendly faces :)

In my fridge right now cooked and ready to be incorporated into other meals: cauliflower fried rice. Roast chicken - it was a 4lb cut up bird and then about 2lbs of roasted chicken legs for grabbing and munching. Roasted Japanese sweet potatoes. Roasted tubers. A few hardboiled eggs. Carrots that I roasted with spices.

The "rice" is loaded with goodies so that is cool on its own or I will add a protein. The chicken goes into salads, into the rice, slice the breast and make a "sandwich", et al. Sweet potatoes are always with my breakfast, post workout. Tubers with dinner. The carrots go with everything.

I have containers of prepped veg and aromatics so I can do a fast stir fry, greens chopped to braise. A few steaks to sear. Fresh fruit and goat yogurt.

When I shop I make a conscience decision to buy things that play well with other ingredients so no matter what I can open that fridge and even if there are 3 things in there I can make a meal outta them.

I like not having any frustrated "gahh what imma gonna cooook???" that some people seem to have, giving up a few hours to get it all together is worth it.

Note: I save all the bones from the chicken, re-roast, then use for stock.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on March 29, 2012
at 02:28 PM

I would love, love, love the recipe for your 'cauliflower fried rice'- that sounds delicious!

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on March 30, 2012
at 09:59 PM

Always whipped cream :) Here you go - please to enjoy: http://www.paleorepublic.com/fried-rice-cauliflower-style/

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on March 29, 2012
at 04:14 PM

Might I add "Pretty please, with full fat organic whipped cream from a grass fed cow with some berries on top? :) " (or coconut milk whipped cream, whichever floats your boat!)

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on March 29, 2012
at 11:14 AM

It helps if you don't cook complicated stuff that involves lots of ingredients or involved procedures. I try to make enough for leftovers, but with two teenage males and a husband who runs 6-10 miles a day it rarely works out that way, so I've given up. We eat a lot of raw veggies and fruit (apples, carrots, peppers, bananas, cherry tomatoes) which is zero prep. Hard boiled eggs, too, involve minimal prep and can be eaten by a teenager teetering on the edge of starvation...

Smoothies/fried eggs for breakfast, they're on their own for lunch and I usually skip it, and dinner is the thing I "cook" - rarely takes more than 1/2 hour of my time (during the cooking time I can be doing other stuff). It's the shopping that I find hard to keep up with. That's my thrice-weekly "lifting heavy things."

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on March 29, 2012
at 08:20 AM

Friday evenings I make bone broth which cooks until at least Sunday morning. Sunday I will make a paleo crock pot dish (usually beef and some mushrooms, garlic, sometimes tomato/carrot/celery. These two items I take to work through the week with kale, a hard boiled egg. During the week I tend to fast naturally between 8 pm and lunch at noon, then have this. Sometimes I will eat a few macadamia nuts (7 to 10) in the afternoons if I'm hungry.

Suppers at home are generally a large salad of greens/kae/spinach/herbs, avocado, cucumbers, a few cherry tomatoes some sort of protein: the crockpot item, or salmon, beef curry, chicken or other seafood cooked In coconut oil. I love experimenting with spices and flavors. I add some organic cold pressed olive oil, apple cider vinegar or lemon.

At least once a week I turn some of the stock into a paleo pho ( I use mushrooms as my noodles) and as a treat I will have some berries or coconut milk and cocoa powder with cinnamon.

Weekend brunch breakfasts are often poached eggs and a roasted prime rib bone (yum!) or bacon.

I do a big grocery shop on my way home from work Friday (the stores I frequent are empty! People must be going out...) and pick up fresh produce on my walk home from work as needed.

You raise a great point about people with kids- I admire their organizational skills! I really love cooking and don't mend spending a lot of my time doing this, but I can understand if someone felt it was very time consuming. The crock pot does help with this a lot!

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on March 29, 2012
at 02:16 PM

Maybe he could cook every other day, then? :)

300f88fcf3eefc37c93cea1da126b1ac

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on March 29, 2012
at 09:18 AM

Yes, the crock pot is very useful but my husband hates the food prepared in it :( He finds it has a strange crock potty taste... Also, he doesn't want to eat the same meal more than twice which is understandable.

300f88fcf3eefc37c93cea1da126b1ac

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on March 31, 2012
at 10:28 AM

He helps with the cooking, I guess we should make simpler meals :)

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on March 29, 2012
at 12:22 PM

Most Sundays I take a couple hours and cook a bunch of food to be made into meals over the week (got this idea from Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan). I'll bake a pound or two of boneless chicken thighs, cook a couple burgers and some crumbled ground beef, make a big batch of scrambled eggs & bacon, and I'll partially steam a a few servings each of broccoli, green beans & brussels sprouts. Then I just mix and match these things with different sauces and seasonings over the week- it's as convenient doing leftovers but you get the variety of freshly cooked meals. For example, I'll come home from the gym after work, and reheat some chicken topped with bacon & honey mustard under the broiler, and finish off some partially cooked green beans in butter on the stove. Dinner's on the table in five minutes. Then I'll put some precooked spaghetti squash with ground beef & marinara sauce in a container for lunch the next day, and a container of bacon & eggs with some herbs sprinkled on top for breakfast. A few crazy hours on sunday save me SO much time over the week- it's worked out really well for me!

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on March 29, 2012
at 12:33 PM

I recommend something like this to get around the "hubby won't eat the same meal more than two days in a row." I'll roast a whole chicken, serve roast chicken the first night, and then have a casserole or soup the next night. We'll go 2 - 4 nights in a row eating chicken, but it's never the same meal more than twice!

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on March 29, 2012
at 09:54 AM

I make a big paleo smoothie each morning- this makes up breakfast for the three of us ( along with eggs), & also covers my lunch and afternoon "snack".

I will also have either sardines or a salad with salmon or beef. Food prep can be simple & easy, if a paleo smoothie is the foundation.

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on March 29, 2012
at 03:43 PM

I have two kids. Here's what we USUALLY do.

I get a large veggie box and a large fruit box from the CFA every 2 weeks. Then I buy our meat and eggs. On Sundays I peel/prep/chop veggies. Maybe make a large roast of some sort or something so I don't have to cook for a day or two. I also hardboil a ton of eggs (and my kids eat about half of them right after I do, so then I need to hardboil some more).

Daily activities involve packing lunches, defrosting meat to make that evening. Dinners are easy stuff - usually some meat, veggie and a fat. The kids are not 100% paleo and so they might get rice with their food - never anything bready though, because they prefer rice or potatoes.

Breakfast we all quick prep some eggs and sausage or bacon.

If we snack, there are always nuts in the pantry. The kids help themselves to that, too.

There's never "nothing to eat" in the house, if you're willing to take 30 minutes to cook.

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on March 29, 2012
at 10:05 AM

sure:

a cup of freshly ground and brewed black coffee upon waking up around 6 a.m. ----- [life] ----- 1 - 1,5 pound of meat or fish around 6 p.m. ----- [evening] ----- [sleep]

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on March 29, 2012
at 08:34 AM

Not a routine as such, though most meals are prepared to leave some leftovers. I also go through periods of taking the easy route - sticking a 16oz pork chop in the oven isn't too demanding. Kids are made to help. More likely to eat the result then as well.

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on March 29, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Does anyone have a set weekly rotation of meals? I'm trying to simplify my food buying, preparation, etc. A 7 day rotation may be pretty boring, but eventually I'll do a 2 week, 3 week and month rotation for more variety.

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on March 29, 2012
at 05:22 PM

There are a few paleo blogs that offer sample menus and weeks along with shopping lists and recipes- quick Google search should yield some good results. I couldn't do the set meals, somedays I just gotta have Mexican or buffalo chicken or a steak or (whatever)!

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on March 29, 2012
at 02:12 PM

thursday evenings i get my CSA delivery and so i wash, chop and store all my veggies - this way i can easily use them throughout the week without any effort! on sunday i usually make a big roast or stew, which lasts a few meals. this week it was a 4-lbs leg of lamb. these are the two things that i do every week.

i don't really plan my meals in advance other than that, but because i have loads of frozen meats, canned fish, and already-prepped veggies, i can very quickly pull together a yummy meal.

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