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 Post subject: I love this idea : )
PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 1:10 pm 
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http://runawayapricot.com/tag/mealprep/

This guy preps 5 days of meals at a time - for himself & a friend. Everything's ready to go, no temptation to reach for junk. No hassles. No wasted money : )

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 Post subject: Re: I love this idea : )
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:06 pm 
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I finally had time to really look at this. I love the idea, too! BUT.... it makes my head spin! I think it's too many new ideas and ingredients at once, for me. :?


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I wouldn't use THEIR recipes - I'd use mine ; )

Just the concept was what I like : )

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:31 pm 
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Me, too! So, this is what my first try was:
Maybe have some ham and cheese and make 1) quiche muffins including ham, cheese, scallions and spinach with cornbread muffin, and grapes, 2) sandwiches - ham, cheese, lettuce, 3) “lunchables” - crackers, ham, cheese, snap peas, and vegan Oreos 8-), 4) potato, ham and cheese soup, maybe with Brussels? and 5) mac and cheese with ham and peas! 6) Grilled ham and pineapple kabobs with rice (giving greens and cheese a break), and ... last, if not least, 7) grilled Swiss and ham sandwiches with pineapple and basil leaves! (Martha Stewart - my new flavor combination attempt.) Maybe some baby tomatoes on the side. :)

How about you?

*Edited to fill out the menu.


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 Post subject: Re: I love this idea : )
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:50 pm 
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Come come! I'm anxiously awaiting your offerings! LOL

I don't dare do a week of starches like macaroni. That would be maddening and unimaginative anyway. ;) I could cheat and look up eating on a dime type recipes because that is the secret to eating cheaply, imo. That is eating meals that include the more expensive or greatest volume of the meals. Am i rambling? I feel like i just had 6 straight shots of espresso! LOL

I see that i could take out the ham in the quiche, the sandwiches and most of the other dishes to make it that much cheaper. My mom suggested a separate little crockpot for my use so i didn't have to eat the meat if i didn't want to. I think that's a brilliant idea, actually.

I need to go set the table for dinner anyway. I baked potatoes and dh is grilling some old pieces of steak i had frozen. Trying to clear the freezer! Dgs had a fruit smoothie with some of the frozen fruit. :) Making headway.


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 Post subject: Re: I love this idea : )
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:53 pm 
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My first inclination is to use this as a method to re-direct leftovers (a method I already employ to some degree). A bulgur or rice pilaf with a portion of meat & a spoon of veggies makes a lunchbox-ready meal for the freezer.

Or leftover refried beans, salsa & rice rolled into some tortillas for freezer burritos

That sort of thing.

But, I love the way this guy does it on a grand scale : )

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Cool! This lady did a whole plan - written out & everything - she & her husband are losing weight & saving money with this method : )

http://www.busybudgeter.com/how-to-make ... n-4-hours/

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 Post subject: Re: I love this idea : )
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Anna1111 wrote:
Cool! This lady did a whole plan - written out & everything - she & her husband are losing weight & saving money with this method : )

http://www.busybudgeter.com/how-to-make ... n-4-hours/


That just seems more doable to me. Normal like, ya know? ;) The 74 meals stumped me tho'. There are no breakfasts, snacks, salads, so that $ would need to be added and then i wouldn't be saving money. However, the IDEA alone would probably end up saving me money in the long run. I wouldn't use the disposable containers unless i were going to use them over. Yikes! So the other food money could come out of that. :mrgreen: At some point i'd love to try this. Right now dh is doing breakfasts and mom is doing dinners! That leaves me the simple lunches.

What i *could* do is double or triple a recipe i make for lunch and freeze them. That would be a way to start slowly.

I also ran across this one about freezing: http://www.allcreated.com/best-way-to-f ... n=gtupdate


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 Post subject: Re: I love this idea : )
PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:14 pm 
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I use *some* of his ideas about freezing - but:

Slider zipper bags ALWAYS leak & tear! I will only use the press-to-seal sort : )

the beautiful flat stack that he shows doesn't work like that in MY freezer - they invariably jump out of the freezer & land on my TOES -and break open - and ruin the food. SOOO - I stack them in a large, rigid plastic freezer container : )

But, the aluminum defrost tray? DEFINITELY : )
Getting all the air out ? yup : )


All in all a good video : )

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 Post subject: Re: I love this idea : )
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Anna1111 wrote:
I use *some* of his ideas about freezing - but:

Slider zipper bags ALWAYS leak & tear! I will only use the press-to-seal sort : )

the beautiful flat stack that he shows doesn't work like that in MY freezer - they invariably jump out of the freezer & land on my TOES -and break open - and ruin the food. SOOO - I stack them in a large, rigid plastic freezer container : )

But, the aluminum defrost tray? DEFINITELY : )
Getting all the air out ? yup : )


All in all a good video : )


I've not had those issues with the freezer bags! Bummer. I think your idea of stacking them in a plastic container is smart, tho'. They do slide around a lot!

I wonder if you could set the bags in an aluminum ice cube tray - those old ones - and get the same effect? I can't remember seeing aluminum trays around here?


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