Batch cooking is your biggest friend when you want to nourish your body, not just refuel.
You skip the ever-occurring Q – what will I make for dinner? – and you’ll make a great investment in your health, time and energy.
Why batch cooking works
You make millions of tiny decisions every day.
About your clothes, food for the kids, what social media post to click on, should you work out or not, the list goes on.
Then when you get home after a whole day of work, it’s difficult to find more energy to decide on what to have for dinner, let alone cook.
At those moments you easily switch to an autopilot and your instinctive brain makes you pick on crackers, nut butters, biscuits or have yet another wrap. After all it’s all conveniently there!
Now imagine, there is a meal waiting for you.
What a relief!
No decision needed.
It saves you unwanted calories, not even mentioning the after-blame/guilt-chatter which often kicks in.
Let’s get started!
When you set aside some time at the weekend for planning and prepping for the week, you are in the right state of mind. Who doesn’t like days off! 😊
You are not hungry, feel relaxed and happy.
And with a positive state of mind, it’s much easier to make good decisions relating to your weekly meals.
It’s a win-win, so let’s see how to do it:
- Put aside 30 minutes before your weekly shopping
- Plan your week ahead on a sheet of paper. You can use Plant Happy Week Schedule or any blank sheet will do. Decide on your breakfasts and at least 3 home-made meals you’ll have in the next 5 days. (for example lentil chilli, bean stew, burgers, etc.)
- Now put a shopping list together and get shopping.
- On Sunday afternoon or whenever it suits, set aside 2 hours to get organised.
- Make one of the main meals to store and pull out of the fridge during the week (if you can do 2 even better 😊 )
- Make some starch (rice, potatoes or both)
- Steam some vegetables and cut up raw veggies to take with you to work to snack on
- Put the schedule on the fridge so you know what’s coming next.
Of course, you can go fancier. You can plan snacks and even fill your entire menu for the week.
Then not only you will you know exactly what to shop for but all meal decisions are off your list and you direct your energy towards something more productive.
Regardless of what you decide, planning 3 main meals and cooking at least 1 of them to store, is the minimum.
Then just see if you could make batch cooking fun so it doesn’t feel like extra work but an exciting adventure.
I hope this helps 🙂
Cheers to you and delicious way of living!