Practical, healthful eating and living.

How to save time shopping & cooking November 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — beansandyoga @ 10:27 am

So many people ask me how to break out of bad eating habits.  They say they don’t have time to cook.  They eat out often, or rely on convenience foods.  Cooking seems intimidating.  One trick that’s helped me is to take note of what foods I’m craving.  Barbecue? Macaroni and cheese? One of mom’s favorite recipes?

Most foods are only “bad” if they’re mass produced and filled with additives.  Almost any home-made version cuts the chemicals, and allows you to customize the flavor to your liking.

If you have a recipe, it’s not hard to put all the ingredients on a shopping list.  Pick up all you need, then set aside one day of the week or month (whichever fits your schedule), and make your recipe.  Actually, most things can be doubled, so make a large batch to ensure left-overs.  Left-overs are only bad if they weren’t that great the first time around.  Lots of foods, especially stews, get better after sitting a day or two in the fridge.  Or freeze the extra in small containers large enough for just one or two servings, only.  That way, you’ll always have something good on hand to grab and take along to work.

Some foods that work well as large batches:

  • Barbecued chicken
  • Roast beef
  • Home-made vegetable soup
  • Chicken paprikash
  • Beef stroganoff
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Egg bake/egg casseroles
  • Steel cut oatmeal