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 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.