Batch cooking for this week was spread out over the three mornings. We grocery shopped on Friday morning – nice to avoid the weekend crowds. Saturday morning I was all set to batch cook and batch prep salads. I find the time spent in the kitchen is a little bit like therapy. Chopping vegetables and making food the week is a calming activity. I love all the colors of the plant foods and I feel good knowing we are going to be eating healthy delicious food all week. My inner audience (as Dr Lisle talks about) is applauding my efforts to take good care of myself and hubby Tom!
This weeks batch cooking included clockwise from the top left, Batch Prepped Salads, Instant Pot Oat Groats, Fall Pudding, a variety of baked potatoes, steamed vegetables, Chipotle Nacho Cheese Sauce, Chili Lentils for Tacos, Tami’s Easy Red Salsa and oven roasted Brussels Sprouts. In addition to all of this we already have cooked brown rice and a variety of soups, chili, stews and veggie burgers in the freezer from previous batch cooking sessions. We just made a few things each morning the past 3 mornings – including early this Monday morning! Easy – peasy and now we have food to eat all week long.
First thing Saturday morning Tom baked Yukon Gold potatoes, Garnet Sweet potatoes, Japanese Sweet Potatoes and Hannah yams. Preheated 400 degree oven – 1 hour for the Yukons, 1 hour and 20 minutes for the rest. We only pierce the Yukon Golds with a sharp knife but not any of the others. We store them standing up in open containers in the fridge. They are good for a week this way. They can be air fried or heated up in the microwave and topped with all kinds of beans, cheese sauce, soup, stew or chili to make a meal. Or enjoy them as fries with a veggie burger.
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Instant Pot Oat Groats made to come out like brown rice. I use these in a savory way in place of brown rice. I love the texture and flavor and they help reduce LDL cholesterol. I like them in my chopped Salads like the Mexican Chopped Salad. I freeze them in my Souper Cubes food storage containers. Once frozen I remove them to a gallon size freezer bags, They thaw out quickly and reheat in the microwave. Easy – peasy!
Chili Lentils for Tacos are a family favorite. It makes a big batch and they freeze well. I will also share some of these with my daughter’s family. Since she is a busy mom with twin babies and a toddler I like to share some home cooked food to try and make life easier. Use these with corn tortillas, Jicama Tortillas, on a salad, in romaine leaf wrappers, stuffed into a baked potato with Chipotle Nacho Cheese Sauce or Donna’s Vegan Cheeze on top or baked corn tortillas chips for delicious nachos.
We use Souper Cubes to freeze our batch prepped food in individual serving sizes. Once frozen we pop them out and put them in gallon size freezer bags. Our freezer is so organized now! Souper Cubes come in a variety of sizes. From 1 ounce to 2 cups and cookie dough size too!
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Oven roasted Brussels Sprouts – 2 pounds cut in half – roasted in a preheated 400 degree oven for 40 minutes. No seasoning needed for us these days – we like them plain. However if you want a little something more use Chef AJ’s recipe of using equal amounts (about 2 Tablespoons each) of a sweet low acidity Balsamic dressing like Napa Valley Naturals Grand Reserve mixed with an equal amount of no salt added mustard and toss with the sprouts prior to roasting. Delicious!
A big batch of Fall Pudding (double of what you see here) half of it will be shared with our little Granddaughter Sweetpea! She loves this pudding. Don’t let the name of this recipe stop you from making it year round – it’s delicious – so creamy, sweet and no added sugar! It’s a dessert you can feel good about eating and sharing with the children or Grandchildren.
This is my favorite medley of vegetables lightly cooked on the stove top and divided into multiple servings. As long as you don’t overcook it you can reheat it quite well and it makes having a vegetables for breakfast, snacks or as a part of a meal so easy. I will need to make more as the week goes on but it is really quick and easy. I will make a video and show you how I do this soon. Subscribe to the blog so you won’t miss out on any new blog posts or recipes.
This is a my Chipotle Nacho Cheese Sauce that is a bit spicy and oh so yummy. However if you dont like spicy flavors, I have an excellent recipe Donna’s Vegan Cheeze Sauce that my friend Donna developed and I think you’ll like it! Use the cheeze sauce on the tacos, over a baked potato with steamed broccoli, top your steamed vegetables, perfect to dip Smashed Potatoes in or Air Fried French Fries, or Garlic Mashed Potato Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms.
When you adopt an SOS Free ( no salt, oil, sugar) Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) lifestyle you soon realize that you need to make just about everything from scratch. If you find a no salt added salsa it contains sugar if it’s sugar free it has salt! No worries. It is so easy to make your own salsa anytime of year using fire roasted canned tomatoes. It takes less than 10 minutes to make this Tami’s Easy Red Salsa – I made it this morning quick and easy. Also check out the Salsa Verde recipe that will blow you away and you will never buy salsa again after learning how easy it is to make your own.. I also show you how to make a delicious Guilt Free Chips and Fresh Salsa when you have good fresh tomatoes its=
Edited 1/4/22 to include my newest and easiest batch salad prep video.
For me the most important part of batch prepping food for the week are my big beautiful salads. If I only had time to make one thing it would be my salads. See my new blog post and video for Simple Salad Batch prep. I eat these everyday for lunch as a Chopped Salad – I will have a new video coming out soon for chopping salads. One of my favorite chopped salads is the Mexican Chopped Salad. You can make them taste different every day of the week by changing what you add to them after chopping. I prepped 14 salads on Saturday as we needed salads for the weekend as well as the week days. Having a big beautiful salad for one meal a day is something I have been doing since I adopted a WFPB lifestyle in 2013. It is one of Dr Fuhrman’s recommendations and I love it. Tom goes through phases of joining me in having salads and right now he is loving them too! I think it helped me lose weight and I am sure it helps me keep the weight off. It is so filling yet low calorie density and nutrient rich. It floods my body with health promoting nutrition, fiber, water, nutrients and antioxidants.
Dark Leafy Greens Can Help Suppress The Appetite
Dark leafy greens contain Thylakoids which have been shown to have appetite suppressing properties.
“A study in the journal “Phytotherapy Research” found that mice fed a high-fat diet ate less when also fed thylakoids. Over time, this helped the group of mice maintain a healthy weight, while the mice fed a high-fat diet only gained an unhealthy amount of body fat. Further research found that thylakoids promote the release of cholecystokinin, a hormone produced by the gastrointestinal tract that encourages a feeling of fullness and decreased desire for food. This is due to cholecystokinin’s effects on the hypothalamus, a part of your brain that controls hormone secretions, energy expenditure and feeding behavior.” From Foods High In Thylakoids – Healthy Eating SFGate.
Eat More Greens!
I hope this post about batch cooking helps you as you navigate a WFPB Whole Food Plant Based lifestyle. If you are new to this way of eating be patient with yourself. It is a learning curve figuring out what to eat and how much to cook each week. Eventually it gets easier! I promise it really does. Just keep trying different things until you find what works for you. The health benefits are worth the work. You are worth the work.
Get Healthy – Stay Healthy – One Meal At A Time
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