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What's your favorite go-to meal for a weeks worth of planning/pre-cooking?

Commented on August 04, 2014
Created August 04, 2014 at 6:37 AM

Last week I cooked three days worth of meals for the boyfriend and myself and I keep asking myself why I didn't do it sooner. Seriously the most convenient thing I've ever done with almost zero planning because I have a pressure cooker. We have Bullet Proof Coffee for breakfast which means I only really have to cook two times a week totaling out to 12 meals between the two of us over three days. I'll start by sharing a recipe I'm excited to try out, being that this first batch was a little bland.

I live in Inner Mongolia as an English teacher and there is this local dish called Hui Cai. It's mashed white potatoes, green beans, salt, garlic, and beef jerky. I was always hoping that beef jerky in meals would catch on in the states, but it didn't! Luckily, I moved to the meat capital of China, haha.

We ate this the other night for Chinese Valentine's Day and it hit me that this could easily be made paleo by just swapping out the white potatoes for cauli-mash, sweet potato, squash, etc. I'm a firm believer that green beans are paleo, but if you're super strict you could easily do asparagus as well.

I'm still not sure about measurements, but I'm assuming If we rotated this for lunch and dinner three days between the two of us, we could use 3-4 medium sweet potatoes, 1lb of green beans, a bulb of garlic, and 1-1 and 1/2 cups of beef jerky for six meals. I'd cook the potatoes/cauliflower, garlic, and salt first, mash it, throw everything else in and cook again for 15-20 minutes to make the jerky a little more tender.

If you're using sweet potatoes I'm thinking this would be awesome for a post-workout meal or to load up on carbs the night before an intense workout. Not having to deal with raw meat can sometimes be a plus too.

So, what's your favorite meal(s) to prepare in advanced? I'll post pictures of how mine turns out later. Making it tonight :D

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on August 04, 2014
at 04:35 PM

Dig my enameled one, I use it weekly at least!

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on August 04, 2014
at 04:22 PM

Shrimp curry, that's some good stuff man. I don't think a dutch oven would be much different from a slow cooker, I mean as long as it's low heat for a long amount of time, should be about the same. I do think a dutch oven would probably produce a slightly better curry though. I've been wanting to get me a dutch oven for a while. As far as old-school cooking goes, it doesn't get much sexier than a dutch oven. Cast-iron kicks ass in my opinion.

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on August 04, 2014
at 03:01 PM

I've got some shrimp and penang curry paste on deck for tonight… finishing off misc bags of frozen veggies (peas, corn, beans) with some potatoes too. I've never done it in a slow cooker (always in a dutch oven), but I think I'm eating out tonight, so maybe I'll set it up to run overnight so I have lunch tomorrow.

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on August 04, 2014
at 02:01 PM

Another vote for curry, I find over a few days it marinates and gets better tasting as well. As soon as the water starts separating out its time to finish it before it turns for the worse.

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on August 04, 2014
at 01:26 PM

Damn....why haven't I done this. I have a slow cooker, yellow curry paste, coconut cream, fish sauce, snapper fillets, and a whole bunch of veggies lying around my fridge. I'm definitely trying this out, thanks for the idea.

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on August 04, 2014
at 12:24 PM

Lots of folk consider white potatoes to be paleo now too. Then there's no need to compromise the original recipe!

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 04, 2014
at 12:30 PM

A meatloaf generally lasts 4 meals for myself. Along with some side dishes, that's nearly 1/3 of my meals for a week. Sides typically are greens and some roast root veggies (including white potatoes.)

Thai curries work well for a "pot of slop" technique to feed me for most of the week. Curry paste + coconut milk + fish sauce makes a flavorful curry base. Toss in a few pounds of veggies + a pound of meat. Serve with some rice if you like, caulirice if low-carbing it. I often toss potatoes in so I don't have to cook a separate pot of rice. Again, it's about 4 meals worth.

Then I do like some non-reheated food once in a while, so I'll do eggs with sauteed veggies the remainder of the time. 15 minute meals, nearly as fast as reheating food on the stovetop.

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on August 04, 2014
at 02:01 PM

Another vote for curry, I find over a few days it marinates and gets better tasting as well. As soon as the water starts separating out its time to finish it before it turns for the worse.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on August 04, 2014
at 01:26 PM

Damn....why haven't I done this. I have a slow cooker, yellow curry paste, coconut cream, fish sauce, snapper fillets, and a whole bunch of veggies lying around my fridge. I'm definitely trying this out, thanks for the idea.

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