In my cookbook, Prep-Ahead Meals From Scratch, I share multiple ways to prepare large batches of different staples that can then be quickly combined into a variety of easy meals through the week. The cookbook includes batch cooking techniques for beef, chicken, pork, beans, and rice.
By batch cooking, you can prep the ingredients for multiple family-friendly meals at once, ultimately saving time and money. In Prep-Ahead Meals From Scratch, I set out to redefine “convenience food” by combining batch cooking the primary ingredients and storing the pre-cooked food in usable portions, so that the batch cooked ingredients be easily combined with prepped vegetables to create quick recipes on busy nights.
Below are tutorials for some quick and easy batch cooking techniques you can employ to simplify your dinners with a once a week meal prep. Full batch cooking directions and 100 quick and easy recipes using the batch cooked ingredients can be found in my cookbook Prep-Ahead Meals From Scratch.
How to Batch Broil Chicken
Batch broiling chicken pieces is a fast way to prep lots of chicken for a week of recipes. You can even freeze some of the extra broiled chicken to use through out the month. I share how I use the batch broiled chicken in a weekly meal plan here.
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How to Batch Cook Chicken Pieces in a Slow Cooker
Plus how to shred chicken with a mixer! I share how I used shredded chicken in a weekly meal plan here.
How to Batch Cook Chicken Breasts in a Pressure Cooker
How to Batch Cook Pork in a Skillet
Cooking cubed pork in a skillet is a simple way to prep pork ahead of time to use in quick and easy stir-frys on busy nights. I share how I used batch cooked cubed pork in a weekly meal plan here.
How to Batch Cook Bacon in the Oven
You can cook bacon in the oven in 15 minutes! Plus it is less messy that cooking it on the stove top. I share how I used batch baked bacon in a weekly meal plan here.
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How to Batch Cook Ground Beef in a Slow Cooker
You can batch cook 3 – 5 pounds of ground beef in a slow cooker in 2 – 3 hours on high. This makes it easy to create will quick and easy recipes on busy nights. I share how I used batch cooked hamburger in a weekly meal plan here.
How to Batch Bake Meatballs
It only takes 20 minutes to bake meatballs in the oven and no turning is required. I bake 3 pounds at a time and serve one pound for dinner. Then I freeze the rest in one pound quantities to use in meals later in the month. I share how I used batch baked meatballs in a weekly meal plan here.
How to Batch Bake Rice
If I have the oven heated from cooking something else, I like to multi-task and bake rice. I share how I use the batch baked rice in a weekly meal plan here.
How to Cook White Beans in a Pressure Cooker
No soaking required! It only takes 25 – 30 minutes to cook white northern beans at high pressure in a pressure cooker. I share how I use the pressure cooker white beans in a weekly meal plan here.
How to Cook Brown Lentils in the Pressure Cooker
Lentils are such a flexible ingredient to work with. You can use them in place of hamburger or beans in traditional recipes.
How to Prep Meals for the Week with Batch Cooking
Here is an example of how I batch cook several items to prep a variety of meals for a week. You can see a complete break down of the one-hour batch cooking session and a meal plan using the batch cooked ingredients in any of these meal plans.
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