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Easiest recipes for abundance?

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Created March 10, 2013 at 3:42 AM

Times have NOT been good paleo-wise lately; got a new full time job with extrememly unpredictable and contradicting scheduling. One day I work graveyard, the next an early morning schedule, the next mid-day or a night time shift. Betweenn that, sleeping 8 hours, an internship, and exercise - my schedule is pretty complicated. I haven't made time for preparing food like I should, which results in HORRIBLE S.A.D conditions ): I don't have any off days.

So let's say I have only 5-6 hours to prepare meals for the next couple days. What kinds of recipes can I use to make an abundance of food (meaning more than one meal) that I can store away and grab when I'm on the go? So far I have: chicken (drumsticks-baked), grilled/baked veggies, and zucchini spaghetti.

I would appreciate ANY insight! I am in need of some desperate help lol

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Agreed. Curry, chili, stew... All those things are great for huge batches. You can even do a couple of different things if you're likely to get bored with just one.

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That was my first thought, too. She has a lot of really good ideas.

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Hear hear for big stovetop soupy stew things! Easy, fast, nourishing, and you can throw in anything. Add egg yolks for extra dense nutrition!

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on March 10, 2013
at 05:08 AM

I highly recommend the book Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. It's got great cook once, eat all week paleo recipes.

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on March 10, 2013
at 12:09 PM

That was my first thought, too. She has a lot of really good ideas.

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on March 10, 2013
at 04:12 AM

My go-to freezer meal is a massive big stove top stew/casserole/soupy thing.. whatever you want to call it.

  1. Tomato base sauce with homemade beef or chicken broth
  2. Loads of herbs and spices (e.g. garlic, paprika, oregano, basil, cumin, turmeric), just pick a combination that takes your fancy
  3. Veggies such as onion, carrots, cauliflower, squash, zucchini, aubergines... whatever you have in stock
  4. Then cubed beef, ground beef, chicken.. again, whatever other meat you have.
  5. Viola! Divide into containers, fridge or freeze

Or a coconut curry of some sort. Curries always taste better the day after anyway IMO. And they freeze well too.

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on March 10, 2013
at 05:27 AM

Hear hear for big stovetop soupy stew things! Easy, fast, nourishing, and you can throw in anything. Add egg yolks for extra dense nutrition!

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on March 10, 2013
at 12:10 PM

Agreed. Curry, chili, stew... All those things are great for huge batches. You can even do a couple of different things if you're likely to get bored with just one.

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on March 10, 2013
at 03:03 PM

Agreed on the crockpot. Pot roast = amazing and is yummy for days. Beef roast of your choice, add in your preferred root veggies, seasonings (I go for onion and garlic) some beef broth, seat it and let it go overnight. Wake up to a wonderful pot of noms. Fajita chicken / barbacoa beef is also great in the crockpot, you can make a ton of it, and also tastes good cold in lettuce wraps. Pork shoulders are also yummy in the crockpot, and tastes great on top of a baked sweet potato.

If you're not super keen on the crockpot, you can still make a lot of ground beef taco-style on the stove and keep it in the fridge. Put it on salads, make taco boats with avocados, lots of options there. The oven is also great for veggies. You can roast just about anything and it will come out tasty. I particularly enjoy a mix of sweet potato cubes and halved brussels sprouts, with just some coconut oil, salt, and pepper. My dad loves cauliflower and broccoli florets made the same way. All the veggies I've roasted have been great for a few days leftover.

Stracciatella soup is one of my easy, quick (if you already have broth, if no chicken broth you can make a pretty good garlic broth quickly) and cheap favorites, in case you need to cook fresh or you've used up your stores. Basically like an Italian egg drop soup with greens of your choice and Parmesan cheese (if you do dairy).

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on March 10, 2013
at 01:30 PM

Meet your new friend the crock pot. Prep veggies on the weekends and store in tupperware. Toss into the crock pot, add broth and meat -- Set it and Forget it.

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on March 10, 2013
at 04:13 PM

I pretty much always prescribe: putting a load of meat and vegetables in an oven and roasting them or putting a load of meat and vegetables in a huge pan or slow cooker with wine or pureed tomatoes and stewing them. The former's probably more useful if you're eating on the go, but the latter might be fine if you cook the sauce down enough.

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