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Meal Prep

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by LostSpirit, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. LostSpirit

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    Being quite busy lately, I've been trying to meal prep on my days off. What is meal prep? Well, meal prepping is planning, preparing, and portioning your meals ahead of time. This means that I have my breakfast, lunch, and dinners sorted for the rest of the week! Just gotta grab them out of the fridge.

    Do any of you guys meal prep? What are some of your favorite recipes? How do you feel about it. If not, do you think you'll ever try? Why or why not?
     
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  2. Vaquero

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    Boiling pinto beans are good. Like, a big pot of them. Then you can just beat them up on the stove with eggs, cheese, jalapeños, and other ingredients you’d think would go good. Then, get a tortilla or pita and make it into a burrito
     
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    I don't really prep that much ahead of time, but I usually make enough for leftovers. I really like cooking with a crockpot because there are a lot of things you can just toss into them and leave to cook for a few hours without worrying about overcooking. Meat cooked in them is always so juicy and tender too.

    I made some amazing pork chops earlier this week that I ate for dinner for a couple of days. I just set the crockpot to high for about an hour, flipped them over, seasoned them with some parsley and rosemary, turned down the heat and let it cook for another 4 hours or so. I haven't been cooking for very long, just a couple years or so, and I think that was the best thing I made so far.
     
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    I wish I had more time for this! I'd love to have comprehensive meal plans to bring to work, rather than eating out half the time. But alas, I am extremely busy and exhausted when I do get home. :< My ideal meals are pasta with sauce and maybe a little bit of chicken if done right (extremely picky with meat haha). For breakfast I usually bring a box of instant oatmeal that I can quickly make at work with some hot water. Lunch requires a bit of cooking though....which I just don't have the motivation for usually, hah.

    Don't map out dinner too much. By then I'm home and cook whatever I happen to find and be in the mood for.
     
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    Although I do plan stuff ahead and get the ingredients, I make sure that I have enough of the staple stuff so I don’t run out like milk, eggs, butter, flour, sugar and others.

    I use a lot of yellow onions in dishes so often times, I’ll buy a dozen of them and chop it all up. Takes me roughly a half hour and then I’ll put them into freezer bags. Beats having to go for the pre cut ones at the supermarket. I try not to freeze things since it both defeats the purpose of it’s a fresh sale item as well as preserving taste.

    Lots of times I’ll plan ahead on leftovers. If I’m cooking more rice than I need, I’ll see about doing Filipino garlic fried rice the next day. Something I’ve gotten addicted to!

    On my work week, I will often cook massive quantities of a dish like baked Mac and Cheese, then divvy it all or into containers and bring a portion into work every day for my meal downtime. Sometimes it sucks having to eat the same exact thing every day, but it beats having to constantly cook and reduces the grocery bill on occasion.
     
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    The only meal prep I technically do is make sure I have a ton of potato soup left overs bc it tastes way better over the next few days
     
  7. Gazi

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    I don't really do meal prep. When it's time to eat food, I just go to the fridge and make whatever I'm in the mood for.
     
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    I don't meal prep. I just buy a bunch of ingredients, and just cook/or make something with them. I don't really see any sense in it, most likely because I'm pretty spontaneous in those matters.
     
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    I plan to start meal prepping after I move out from my parents', but until then, I sort of meal prep my breakfasts. Each week I'll buy six English muffins and use those to make six egg sandwiches all at once, which I will put into baggies and then freeze for the week. It's really quite effective, especially considering how tiresome it is to wash eggs, it's easier to just do all six all at once than each one every morning as I need them.

    When I do move, I'm going to start meal prepping a lot more. If I'm living alone, it's going to be much easier to cook a meal for four twice per week than a meal for one seven times per week. That's just basic math. So far my favorite thing to do this with is teriyaki chicken and broccoli, even though the broccoli gets ugly and soft after one day in the refrigerator.
     
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  10. awney

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    i don't meal prep. i barely have enough time to eat as it is.
     
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    I wish I could cook something that would actually make a meal. The closest thing I get to meal prep is making toast sandwiches in the morning. I'd probably start using YSAC recipes when I get the time to actually try meal prepping for once.
     
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    The more complicated a meal, the more possibility something can (and probably will) go wrong. Meal prep for me involves either getting something packaged out of the cupboard, putting something in bread, or waiting 45 minutes for something to cook. Anything more complicated than that and I start getting anxiety about food poisoning...
     
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