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Food Preparation for a week

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Created February 23, 2012 at 12:27 AM

How do you prepare your food for the following week? Do you cook a large bulk of food for one or two meals per day? or do you individually cook certain meals, like say for breakfast and dinner?

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on February 24, 2012
at 04:32 AM

We spend about $200 a week on groceries, and on that budget I'm able to buy organic meats and mostly organic produce, but I do go to about 3 different places to shop. I get my meat at the place in town that supplies most of the restaurants. I get our produce at the local co-op and trader joes has most everything else we need (eggs etc). We don't eat out much so this covers breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks etc. Not buying anymore packaged foods seems to mostly make up the difference in the budget now. And cooking from scratch is cheaper. Our greens last about 5 days or so. We eat those 1st

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on February 24, 2012
at 01:24 AM

And meatballs just feel so darn festive!

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James, yes, portioned out over several days. I eat the beef hot or cold, whether burgers or pieces of roast beef. To reheat meat, I add some fat, and a bit of water or broth.

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on February 23, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Yes, occasionally. But as long as I'm avoiding having to eat other "food" it bothers me not.

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on February 23, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Piles of hard boiled eggs, beef burgers on one day, that you dole out over the next few days?

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on February 23, 2012
at 01:20 PM

I do this, but I try to stagger my days. For instance, I'll make pork on Sunday for supper, but have a salad for lunch Monday. Then I'll have beef on Monday night, and the leftover pork for Tuesday lunch, fish on Tuesday night, the leftover beef for Wednesday lunch, etc. Stagger it by a day if you get sick of eating the same thing consecutively.

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on February 23, 2012
at 12:26 PM

How does going through the recipes work for you budget wise? Do you spend a decent amount on seasonings and spices? and how long do your salad greens stay good if your fresh chopping them yourself? Mine never seem to last more than three days

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:43 AM

I follow this principle to a T. Works for me and makes the work week a lot easier!

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When I was working FT, I did something similar. I would always make sure I made enough dinner to have leftovers for the next day's lunch. I still try to do that, and I do occasionally have dinner's leftovers for both breakfast and lunch the next day. (Quiches are good for that!)

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at 12:38 AM

So, you are occasionally eating the same food for 2 or more consecutive meals?

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on February 23, 2012
at 01:01 AM

I always have a big cooking session on Sundays where I make enough lunches for at least the next week, and freeze individually readdy to take into work.

I also go through my diary and Paleo recipe books and work out what I'll be eating for the next week, night by night. I buy all of the ingredients on the Sunday (making sure everything will be fresh for the day I plan to eat it). I generally cook dinners on the night, but often use the steamer or slow cooker, so it isn't much work.

It takes a bit of time on Sunday, but I'm always prepared and always eat well. Definitely worth the time.

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:43 AM

I follow this principle to a T. Works for me and makes the work week a lot easier!

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on February 23, 2012
at 12:32 AM

I tried cooking for 3-4 days in advance, but sometimes I just end up wasting food, or get burnt out by the same type of meals. So what I do now is always cook a big enough dinner that will leave me with enough food for either breakfast, or lunch or both. That way, I don't have to mess with anything in the morning, but am not tied to leftovers for too long.

76d70438d2442d21206b8e5528d23d23

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on February 23, 2012
at 01:48 AM

When I was working FT, I did something similar. I would always make sure I made enough dinner to have leftovers for the next day's lunch. I still try to do that, and I do occasionally have dinner's leftovers for both breakfast and lunch the next day. (Quiches are good for that!)

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

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on February 23, 2012
at 01:20 PM

I do this, but I try to stagger my days. For instance, I'll make pork on Sunday for supper, but have a salad for lunch Monday. Then I'll have beef on Monday night, and the leftover pork for Tuesday lunch, fish on Tuesday night, the leftover beef for Wednesday lunch, etc. Stagger it by a day if you get sick of eating the same thing consecutively.

8cf3ff123bc4e8fcb3a212804c701d22

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on February 23, 2012
at 12:38 AM

So, you are occasionally eating the same food for 2 or more consecutive meals?

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on February 23, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Yes, occasionally. But as long as I'm avoiding having to eat other "food" it bothers me not.

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on February 24, 2012
at 02:14 AM

Everyone else that's responded seems to only be coking for one. It's different for a family!

We grocery shop usually twice a week. I do a small run for fresh food mid-week and then we do a huge family outing (so the husband, not the pregnant me, carries the heavy groceries) on the weekends for the bulk of our food.

I meal plan our breakfasts and dinners and, for the most part, cook at least once, if not twice a day. I use my crockpot ALL THE TIME. But I know exactly what I'm making every night of the week, I have all the ingredients, and I have a two hour toddler naptime in the afternoon to clean up from breakfast and make dinner.

I always make enough dinner to last for lunches. I tend to be quite salad-heavy or quite frozen-veggies heavy for my meals, too, because I just don't have time to chop up tons of veggies with a demanding kiddo around. And then I just re-heat whatever leftovers I have in little Pyrex containers in the freezer/fridge. My husband comes home for lunch most days, but when he can't, he just grabs a "mystery leftovers" container from the freezer on his way out the door. There's always more than enough there; I make sure we never run out. (Too often with a family, someone gets sick and you have to make an emergency run to the store or the doctor or even the ER... you always need a backup plan if you want to stay paleo!)

I also really try to spice up our meals. I try a new recipe or two per week, and like getting produce CSA shares that make me use new produce I wouldn't otherwise buy. I make one paleo baked good per week (not technically super paleo, but we really enjoy some carrot-apple muffins!) and we have a lot of fresh fruit and veggies and nuts on hand at all times for snacking.

I've found that it takes me about 20-30 minutes to meal plan and write my grocery list out every week, and then I spend between 10-45 minutes every day doing food prep.

I make all of the food in the house and serve it, so my husband does all the dishes. :-)

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:35 PM

I don't mind eating the same thing multiple times during a week (especially if it's tasty) - I do my shopping on Saturday mornings and do a big batch cook at various times over Saturday and Sunday.

I've started making a batch of meatballs at the weekend (pork last week, lamb and mint this week) for breakfasts - heat up a couple with a couple of fried eggs, add a dollop of primal ketchup and I'm good until lunch. This week it has been chilli for lunches and pulled pork and veggies for most of my evening meals.

I go and walk my dogs and/or go for a run after work, so it really helps in the evening to have something I can easily heat up - or just have to cook up some veggies - otherwise I'd most likely end up getting too hungry and eating stuff I really don't want to be eating these days.

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on February 24, 2012
at 01:24 AM

And meatballs just feel so darn festive!

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978afca148d1344ebe8ff5bd0f1ce100

on February 23, 2012
at 03:15 AM

I go through my paleo cookbooks and pick out some meals, make a grocery list and shop. On Sunday I scramble a dozen or so eggs and cook some sausage to have ready to go during the week, as breakfast is the hardest meal for me to deal with. I usually make something like a tuna/apple/walnut salad in big quantity and have that for lunch a few days and then maybe some dinner leftovers for lunch on the other days. We cook dinner most nights, but the paleo recipes aren't too complicated so it doesn't feel like a big deal to us. If we want to make something big we do that on sunday and enjoy the leftovers for lunch or dinner sometime that week. Sundays are turning out to be bigger cooking days for me than I used to do, but the convenience during the week makes it worth my time.

978afca148d1344ebe8ff5bd0f1ce100

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on February 24, 2012
at 04:32 AM

We spend about $200 a week on groceries, and on that budget I'm able to buy organic meats and mostly organic produce, but I do go to about 3 different places to shop. I get my meat at the place in town that supplies most of the restaurants. I get our produce at the local co-op and trader joes has most everything else we need (eggs etc). We don't eat out much so this covers breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks etc. Not buying anymore packaged foods seems to mostly make up the difference in the budget now. And cooking from scratch is cheaper. Our greens last about 5 days or so. We eat those 1st

36a24194c499fdc723658f71ca128ddd

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on February 23, 2012
at 12:26 PM

How does going through the recipes work for you budget wise? Do you spend a decent amount on seasonings and spices? and how long do your salad greens stay good if your fresh chopping them yourself? Mine never seem to last more than three days

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on February 23, 2012
at 02:09 AM

I cook on weekends and fill up lots of various sizes of pyrex containers (or jars for sour kraut, broth, etc.)

I usually make several different kinds of meats/fish/shrimp/etc, and different kinds of vegetables to go with them. Pick a meat, and a veg or two and put in a smaller lunch sized container. Or, chop up a fresh salad and throw some meat on it and it's also ready to go. Takes about 5 minutes to pack along with a coconut water, and sometimes half a lemon. (The lemon is for salads and soups, though today I squeezed it over grilled chicken, two fried eggs with runny yolks, and a chunk of bison liver pate, bacon sauteed kale and it was awesome.) Sometimes I have half a cup of various berries as a snack.

Meals at home are usually container to plate, or from the pot to the plate.

Breakfast, I usually skip (IF), except for the day after a big workout, then, they're usually eggs + bacon, or canadian bacon, or home made breakfast sausages, though sometimes, smoked salmon, and other stuff already in the fridge works.

Some days, I grill up burgers in the morning for the meat portion, and put them on top of salad or other veggies. I usually have two of them with lunch - they're 2/3rd lbs bison patties.

If you've ever seen a place like Chipotle, or a buffet or salad bar, steal that idea. (You probably shouldn't eat there due to n6 PUFA industrial oils and other junk). Have lots of different stuff available, then randomly mix and match and that's your meal for that day. Next day you still have a choice of whatever you haven't finished, but pick a different combination.

Try to finish all the stuff before it goes bad, if you've not touched a dish you made 3 days ago, use that today instead of something that will last 5 days longer.

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on February 23, 2012
at 06:07 AM

I buy a max pack of meat every couple of days and cook it all at the same time but eat it over several days. This gives me more variety. My cooking is simple. Meats cooked with seasonal veggies, served with mostly seasonal fruit and nuts as extra. I don't even make paleo recipes. Too complicated.

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on February 23, 2012
at 02:09 AM

On weekends I cook a big Sunday dinner that can be converted into leftovers for one dinner that week and lunches for myself and my son to take to work/preschool. Sometimes I also cook up a seasoned meat mix to add to my breakfast hash, or meatballs, and do some prep work (chopping, spice mixes and rarely pre-cooked meats) for the next week's dinner.

I do ALL my shopping on Sunday though, so even if I'm making things every night from scratch I have all the food on hand so I don't need to futz about with not having what I need.

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on February 23, 2012
at 01:42 AM

The foods I make on the weekend are: big pan of roasted tubers (changes every week - squash, carrots, beets etc), a pan of bacon for breakfasts, a batch of white rice (yes I eat rice), i wash a bunch of spinach (breakfasts) and bake some chicken legs and thighs for a couple lunches or dinners. Everything else I make each day.

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on February 23, 2012
at 01:05 AM

i still cook dinner every night, but i prep all of my lunch vegetables, lunch meats, and hard boiled eggs over the weekend. it saves so much time and i always know that i have something delicious for lunch!

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D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

on February 23, 2012
at 03:53 PM

Usual food prep each week:

A pile of hard-boiled eggs


A pile of beef burgers and/or a beef roast


A batch of yoghurt made from hwc and hh.

I eat steak sometimes as a treat, but the above is my usual fare.

Salmon cakes can be made in advance, but they really are better when freshly made. Same goes for veal brains and liver.

Easy and simple. :)

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

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on February 24, 2012
at 12:08 AM

James, yes, portioned out over several days. I eat the beef hot or cold, whether burgers or pieces of roast beef. To reheat meat, I add some fat, and a bit of water or broth.

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on February 23, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Piles of hard boiled eggs, beef burgers on one day, that you dole out over the next few days?

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on February 23, 2012
at 01:58 PM

I make these mini meat loaves that are to die for. I'll probably make two dozen on the weekend and then freeze them. Every day at work I microwave a couple and it's an easy, convenient nutritious lunch. Generally I add spinach, turmeric, and liver to the meat/fat mixture. They're like little nutrition bombs.

Granted, now I'm "meatball girl" at work, but whatever. Hahah.

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on February 23, 2012
at 01:23 PM

I try to cook a breakfast casserole on the weekend- some sort of eggs, meat, and veggies, and keep the pan in the fridge all week. If I don't, I'll end up just grabbing jerky and fruit, and I really should eat something more substantial on days after big workouts.

I also do my bone broth on weekends, and then just boil a couple times throughout the week while I'm prepping supper. When I'm traveling, I'll do a big crockpot extravanganza- beef roast, pork roast, big pan of roasted veggies, prep some salad greens. That way I can pack all my meals for the week and take them on the road with me.

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