Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cooking In Advance

This impressive sight was submitted by Jeff Ainslie, one of the hosts of Fat2Fit Radio:

"Cooking healthy lunches in advance keeps me from eating out and saves a lot of money. Being prepared ahead of time with healthy meals and snacks removes the excuses that I used to have to buy junk out of a vending machine."

I'm inspired by this image, not so much by the exact food that's in the containers, but by the concept of planning ahead and being ready with that healthy choice before the bad choice even has a chance to tempt you. Planning for your own needs and preparing in advance is a great way to stay healthy!

If you planned ahead and had your lunches prepackaged several days in advance, what would be in your containers?


Anonymous said...

What is it? I can't tell from the picture!

These days, I'm into sandwiches. I throw some protein on whole grain bread, I heap it with veggies, oh my stars I have a meal! I'm not too good at packing in advance. Maybe pasta?

Zachary said...

I pack lunches for work every night, and sometimes that involves packaging 2-3 nights worth of meals in advance. A great tip to save money, indeed! I couldn't imagine making that many lunches though!!!

The Elbow Chronicles said...

I'd love to know what is in these containers! Does whatever it is really stay fresh for 32 meals? Or are these for multiple people?? I usually make a large salad (veggie, quinoa, pasta, whatever is around) on Sunday night. I run out and/or am tired of it by Thursday.

Jennifershmoo said...

I think he must keep them in the freezer. That definitely looks like mixed frozen vegetables on the top.

I make giant batches of soup, but I agree, I get tired of it by the third or fourth time.

Jamie Wilcox said...

Oh, I do this all the time, for the same reason, actually.
I like a variety of foods, so I always have a variety of these kinds of things in my freezer.
It can also be helpful if you don't have a stable job, because when you have money, you make a ton, and then when you don't have money, you can live off of those. It also saves time because it takes less time to make a lot of something than to make it several times.
Here's what I usually make:
Stir frys
pad thai
pasta (with homemade sauce)
Asian dumplings
veggie burgers
vegetable soup
minestrone soup
pot pies
breakfast burritos (tofu scramble, veggies, and fake meats or cheeses if you want)
and steamed veggies (for sides or to save you time if you have to make a quick meal)

Anonymous said...

This is something we started doing a few years ago, and it is a life saver during the busy weekdays. Some of our favorite vegan things to prepare in large quantities are soups, chili, lasagna, hummus, pasta salads, brown rice, lentil dishes, casseroles, shepherd's pie, and granola. I also make up a week's worth of dry ingredients for oatmeal (thick-rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, and optionally, turbinado sugar) in small containers. All we have to do is add soy milk and microwave.

Finally, I like to clean and prep stuff for large green salads, so all we have to do is tear up the clean lettuce leaves and add what other veggies we want (diced carrots, celery, onions, peppers, tomatoes).

One thing you can do if you don't have enough small containers is to freeze things in them, then pop the frozen blocks out into bags. Not the most environmentally friendly option, but we wash out the bags and use them over and over. We each have a pottery bowl at work, with a set of bamboo ToGo Ware utensils.

It sure does make the week easier!

A said...

OMG...... prepping my work meals is my life!! I love it! Check me out: