If you are like me, your calendar is probably packed to the brim with something to do from morning to night. When I get home there is not enough time to prepare a complete and healthy meal. What to do, what to do? I know I could easily go to the drive-thru to grab something quick and simple, but I know that I won’t get many healthy options. After a long day, there is nothing more that I want than an unhealthy combo meal with a lot of salt, fat, and sugar. I am trying to be conscious of my choices and want to maintain a healthy diet and I know I should avoid fast food as much as possible. I have also thought about signing up for a meal delivery service, however, through research, many of the plans were a little pricier than I would like to pay for.
Who hasn’t seen those people on Instagram, cooking ahead for the entire week? It seems nice to get it all out of the way! So that got me thinking, would bulk cooking be a good option for me and my lifestyle? I wanted to experiment and try my hand at bulk cooking to see how many meals I could get from one afternoon of cooking. I also wanted to see if bulk cooking would really help save money. Let the experiment begin!
I decided to cook a stew with a lot of vegetables and tofu. I went to Trader Joe’s to get my ingredients and my total came to $17.28.
Now, I must say, I definitely am not the best cook, so I try to pick the easiest recipes to make. This one is about as easy as it gets!
1. Wash and chop all of the items below into cubes
Carrots, cauliflower, bell pepper, mushrooms, onion, , eggplant and zucchini. Cube tofu.
2. Place canned vegetables: garbanzo beans, corn, black beans and diced tomato into a deep stock pot. Add in chopped vegetables and tofu.
3. Cook on the stove until vegetables are tender for ~45 minutes.
4. Add 1-2 TBSP salt and your favorite seasonings. (TIP: mix with your favorite hot sauce for an extra kick!)
5. Serve! It's as simple as that.
I divided the stew into multiple storage containers. I put three smaller tubs in the freezer and kept the biggest container out for the upcoming week. It is important to keep things interesting with your meals throughout the week; no one wants to eat the same thing for all three meals every day. I only had this stew at dinner time, and it was in combination with something else. For example; one night I had a bowl of this dish with a large salad. Another night I had a smaller bowl of this dish with a hummus sandwich. There was a night I had two bowls! Make it your own by having it alongside anything you may have in your kitchen!
We haven’t even gotten to the best part! A typical meal subscription costs ~$8.99/serving, however, this recipe made 11 bowls, which came down to ~$1.57/serving. Another great part of the experiment was that this specific dish was sufficient enough for almost 2 weeks worth of dinner! How amazing is this!? I was able to make a healthy nutritious meal that I can easily warm at the end of a long day, and I was able to save money at the same time!
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