For almost 10 years now, Matt and I have "batch cooked" our food in order to save time and money during the week. We go through different phases, enjoying soups, stews, braises, and one-pot meals. But we never get tired of grilling! We love to spend a little time outdoors when the weather gets nice and cook up our food for the week. Here's what our plan typically looks like:
Chicken - Usually we cook chicken breast that we marinate for 1-2 hours. During the week we slice chicken on salads, make chicken wraps with low-carb tortillas, or just eat the chicken straight with a steamed veggies.
Fish - We love salmon on the grill or any kind of firm white fish. The easiest method is to rub the fish with a little olive oil, season with your favorite seasoning mix (I like Galena from Penzey's), wrap in a foil pouch and throw it on the least hot part of the grill. Matt always suggest grilling low & slow. Makes a delicious meal - just add a salad or veggie.
Lean Beef - We eat red meat two or three times a month. Typically the portions are small - about 4 ounces. Matt's favorite cooking method is to use a rub (again we use a Penzey's product - Chicago seasoning) and cook slowly to medium rare. If you overcook beef (or chicken for that matter) it will taste dry when you reheat it. Choose a good cut of meat that has been grass fed with no hormones.
Veggies - Our favorites to cook on the grill are squash (sliced longs ways), asparagus, and okra. For the squash and asparagus, we toss them in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil, then add a little lite salt and pepper. We will toss the okra in a little olive oil and season it with salt free cajun seasoning, then skewer it.
Skewers - If we're cooking for a party, we'll make up protein and veggie skewers. You can use steak cubes, chicken chunks, shrimp, mushrooms, squash chunks, peppers, and onions. Use your imagination. Guests love these meals on a stick!
Eating healthy can be fun and efficient, too. Take some time this weekend and put a new spin on grilling.
Here's to the efficient and the delicious!
Question of the day: Do you batch cook your food, and what are your favorite methods for doing this?
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