Batch Cooking in August!

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is how do you batch cook? There are so many different ways to batch cook -batch prep – food. What is batch cooking? Preparing larger quantities of food than just what you can eat for one meal or in one day. This actually cuts down on the amount of time you spend in the kitchen later in the week. There are multiple ways to accomplish this. Sometimes I do all my batch cooking in one day and sometimes it is over 2 days. How I batch cook looks a little different each week depending on what we have run out of or what we are getting low on in the fridge or freezer. Today I am sharing my batch cooking session from this past Sunday. This was a bigger batch cooking day than I have had for a while. I hope you will get inspired to try batch cooking yourself. Once I figured out how to batch cook it made this way of eating so much easier. If you invest some time incooking over the weekend or what ever day works best, you don’t have to think about cooking or food prep the rest of the week.

Batch Cooking
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I pulled out what produce we had in the fridge and the pantry that needed to be used up. I ended up using everything except the bag of potatoes. I was going to make potato salad but I ran out of time. Maybe in a few days I will have time to make some. I batch prep a lot of ingredients that we can combine later in the week into meals.

Japanese Sweet Potatoes
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I only had three Japanese Sweet Potatoes in the potatoe bin but I still had some cooked JSP’s in the fridge so it workd out perfect. I usually eat one a day. I baked these in the Breville Smart Oven Air at 400 degrees for 1 hour 20 minutes. That allows them to become very sweet and tasty. I had plenty of baked Yukon Gold potatoes in the fridge so no need to bake more. Some weeks I am roasting 3 baking sheets of potatoes but not this week.

Kabocha Squash
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Once the potatoes were done baking the Kabocha squash was prepared and put in the Breville. Here is my method for Oven Roasting Kabocha Squash.

Corn on the cob in the IP
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Since I had potatoes in the Breville I cooked corn on the cob in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. It is quick and delicious. As soon as it was done I washed the liner and got ready for the next item.

Watch my Corn on the Cob in the Instant Pot video.

Pinto Beans
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Last week I cooked black beans in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker so this week it was pinto beans. I use 8 cups of water, 2 bay leaves, one pound of organic pinto beans. High Pressure 27 minutes – natural release. It can take longer it just depends on how old the beans are. I don’t pre-soak my beans – I just don’t have the time for that. These will be enjoyed with rice and greens for our Nourish Bowls. Another option is pinto beans with  Cilantro Lime Rice, Tami’s Easy Red Salsa or Salsa Verde and Jalapeno Queso Sauce.- all of these recipes are in my Mexican Fiesta Cooking Webinar. I like to mash some pinto beans with the back of a fork and spread them over a baked Yukon Gold potato with a sprinkle of Jalapeno powder and salsa. Yum!

Chef AJ’s
Cauliflower Bisque
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The Cauliflower Bisque is a variation of Chef AJ’s Broccoli Bisque – recipe is in her new cookbook “The Secrets To Ultimate Weightloss.” I didn’t have the Hannah Yam’s the recipe called for so I used Yukon Gold potatoes and they worked well. We will enjoy this with wild rice that is already cooked and frozen from a previous batch cooking. You can also add soome greens to the bowl when serving it. This cookbook is full of amazing recipes that are delicious yet healthy! Plus if you want to know how to lose weight on a whole food plant based diet this is the book to read. It’s how I lost weight and have kept it off for three years!

Soup for the freezer
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I froze half of the soup. We will enjoy it in the weeks to come. I like to freeze part of what I cook so we have a nice variety of things to choose from in the freezer. Always having food prepped makes this way of eating so much easier when life is busy or the unexpected happens.

Batch Prep Salads 
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Once I had things cooking in the Breville Oven and the Instant Pots I moved on to batch prep salads. Tom hasn’t been wanting a lunch salad so I have just been making them for me. This is my lunch nearly every day of the year. If we eat out for lunch then I will have my salad for dinner. I take this batch prepped salad and turn it into a Big Beautiful Chopped Salad.  Chopped salads are insanely delicious! There is something magical that happens when you chop all those veggies into little bits. It becomes more flavorful, easier to eat and you’ll start craving salads! It is my first meal of the day and the “secret” to my success at losing weight and keeping it off! Eat your veggies first – it curbs your appetite, decreases cravings, is super nutrious and low calorie!

Air Fried Brussels Sprouts
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This is 2 pounds of Brussels Sprouts – from Costco – already washed and trimmed. They just need to be cut in half. No pre-heating the air fryer – put them in, set the temperature to 400 degrees – cooked until lightly brown – about 15 minutes. Check out my blog post and video all about cooking veggies in the Breville Smart Oven Air.

Best Oil Free Hummus
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I made two different batches of hummus. This is my Best Oil Free Hummus that I portioned out into single servings. You can also freeze hummus! Make a couple batches at the same time and freeze some of it. It is great for travel when frozen – it will go through TSA as long as it’s frozen and it will keep your other foods nice and cold. I also made a batch of my friend Sharon McRae’s Pizza Hummus. It really does taste like pizza!

Banana Oat Muffins
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Edited to add the photo of the muffins I made on the same day. Those over ripe bananas in the top photo needed to be used or frozen. I don’t have a recipe written for these. I kind of wing it using Chef AJ’s method of using ripe bananas and oats with some spices – I go by how it looks and tastes. My little granddaughter loves to help make these and she will eat the batter by the spoonful which is perfectly fine because it doesn’t contain any animal products!

Jalapeno Queso Sauce
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I make this Jalapeno Queso Sauce frequently. We use this on tacos, taco salad, tostadas, nachos, over baked potatoes, and as a dip for french fries just to mention a few ideas. Sometimes I make it mild but this week I made it extra spicy! The recipe is in my Mexican Fiesta Cooking Webinar that is available to purchase and it is on sale right now for $9.95 which is $5 off using the discount code nutmeg33 – discount code good through August 15, 2018.

Katy’s Refried Beans
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These are my all time favorite refried beans! They are so flavorful and so easy to make. I make these all the time with either black beans or pinto beans. Great for pot lucks and entertaining – it makes a large amount. They can be frozen and reheated – I can’t say enough good things about them – so delicious. The recipe is also in my Mexican Fiesta Cooking Webinar.

Tami’s Easy Red Salsa
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Since we can’t get good tasting fresh tomatoes all year around it’s nice to have a simple and easy salsa recipe that uses canned tomatoes. This is a special version that I made for the Mexican Fiesta Cooking Webinar. I have a similar recipe here on the blog for Tami’s Easy Red Salsa. Easy to customize – don’t like cilantro – leave it out – don’t use salt that’s okay too!

Black Bean Tostadas
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This was dinner after batch cooking was complete. I made oil free corn tostadas, topped them with Katy’s Refried Beans, Jalapeno Queso Sauce, Easy Red Salsa, green onions, freshly chopped cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. OMG!

Banana Mango Lime Nice Cream
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We like a little sweet treat after a spicy meal and this Banana Mango Lime Nice Cream hits the spot! Cool and refreshing. This recipe is also in the Mexican Fiesta Cooking Webinar and I even show you how to make this ahead so you can serve it to a crowd! Use the discount code nutmeg33 to get it for only $9.95 through August 15, 2018.

Batch Cooking/Prep
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This is what my fridge looks like after a batch cooking/prep session. I like using clear containers so I can see what is in the containers. I have a mix of plastic and glass containers. Hubby Tom calls this our “fast food!” It really is fast to put a few ingredients together and create a meal. I hope this gives you some ideas on how you might batch cook and batch prep your weekly food. If there is enough interest I would make an on line Batch Cooking Webinar with more details on how to execute this in your kitchen. Leave me a comment and let me know if that is something you are interested in.

Happy Cooking Everyone! Get healthy and stay healthy one meal at a time!

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A Little Nutmeg Nugget: When I started this blog in January of 2010 I followed what I understood to be a healthy version of the standard American diet, ironically also known as the “SAD” diet. As interest in my own health and how it was affected by the food I ate evolved, I transitioned to a whole food plant based diet also known as “WFPB” diet. I have wrestled with the fact that this blog still contains all those posts and recipes from the SAD way of eating I have left behind. I no longer advocate for anyone to eat that way. At this time I am leaving those recipes and posts here. It is a record of my journey and how I came to follow a WFPB way of eating. It is my hope that those who still come here for those old recipes will be curious about what I am doing now. Perhaps they will dip their toes across the line as I did and try some plant based recipes and learn more about the health benefits.

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  1. Kimberly says:

    Yes Tami, I would love to see a video of you batch cooking! Thank you for all you do.

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you Kimberly I appreciate the kind comment and the feedback!

  2. Michelle says:

    Such a great post full of yummy ideas! You inspire me to get in my kitchen today and start cooking. I’m also going to sign up for your mexican food webinar. Can’t wait to try everything!

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you Michelle – happy cooking!

  3. Mary Menke says:

    Wow! You inspire me 💕Beautiful presentation and quality.

    1. Tami says:

      That is very kind of you to say! Happy Cooking!

  4. Janet Gracia says:

    Would love to see you do a batch cooking webinar.
    Love following you on nutmeg notebook.

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you for your response!

      Happy cooking!

  5. Colleen Collins says:

    This is the post that I will refer everyone to for batch cooking advice: it covers absolutely everything you need to know! Thank you so much for all you do, Tami and Tom!

  6. Susan says:

    Hi Tami! I found your videos yesterday after searching for recipes to make the most of my new Breville. I am so impressed and inspired by your content! This is the first time I visited your blog, and it will definitely not be the last! I look forward to the Mexican webinar and would LOVE to see a batch cooking webinar in the future! Thank you for all that you do!

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