Eating a different diet because of a health concern, whatever it may be, can prove challenging. Depending on the condition and the restrictions to be put in place, eating ready-made meals outside the home can become complicated, if not altogether impossible. Farewell restaurants, canteens and prepackaged meals. And while there might be some suitable options out there, preparing meals at home can also be a budgetary decision. Meal preparation constitutes quite a workload in everyday life, even more so if you have an already busy life. The risk in the long run is either to exhaust yourself or to not eat as you should (or both).
Batch cooking can help you find a balance. Whether it represents a back-up solution or the cornerstone of your organization system (see the different programs proposed by Light & Delight, here), batch cooking provides a very welcome relief, if not a vital one. So let’s dive into the subject: what is batch-cooking exactly?
Batch cooking is a food preparation method that involves preparing meals in advance and in large quantities. It is based on a quite simple concept: instead of preparing the same dish say four times at four different points in time (and having each time to shop, take out the equipment, prepare the ingredients, supervise the cooking, tidy up and wash the dishes), you can prepare a large quantity of a given dish, divide it into portions and save all or part of it for later (either in the fridge for the week, or in the freezer for the following weeks).
Batch cooking has become increasingly popular in recent years, and one must admit that in the context of specific dietary constraints, it offers tremendous freedom… The more meals you have to prepare, the more relief you’ll get from batch cooking.
Batch cooking provides a great many benefits, including the following ones:
To better appreciate how batch cooking could concretely be a game changer for you, let’s look at a concrete example, which you may identify with, either a lot or in part.
You work full time and so does your spouse, you have children. Your life is full, it’s like a race. Then suddenly, for medical reasons, one person in the family can no longer eat out and needs special “home cooked” meals. Preparing these meals on top of everything else (work, the kids, house chores, your relationship, etc.) throws your already somewhat delicate balance into turmoil, and you quickly feel caught in a whirlwind that you can’t get out of, since you have to deal with this medical problem.
All you have to do is start, and you will get there. Check out our other articles about batch-cooking, for step by step guidance. And if you haven’t yet consulted the 5 programs proposed by Light & Delight to guide you in setting up your planning system, as well as the page dedicated to our free tip top tools, head this way: