As I mentioned last week, I now have two part-time jobs and an ambitious exercise schedule, so I don't want to do much food prep during the week. I cooked and froze this weekend so I think all I have to do every day is make a couple of salads (only two ingredients: lettuce and red bell pepper), cut and peel a pound of carrots for snacking, and throw a sweet potato in the oven. Here is what I did:
Yesterday I made a big pot of greens, onion and mushroom. I still have frozen kale and collards from the garden in big freezer bags. I cook those up in the pressure cooker and dish out into single servings to freeze (there were 7). I also opened a 1 lb bag of beans to soak overnight.
Today I cooked up the beans in one pot, and cooked up a bunch of veggies in another--onions, beets, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower---then combined them and put them into 11 bowls to freeze (left 2 out for tomorrow). I also made a big batch of salad dressing that I put into 5 small bell jars to freeze (left 1 out for tomorrow). The dressing was fun. I used 2 cans of tomatoes, and some onion, garlic, cilantro, flax and chia seeds, blended that all in the blender, and poured into the bell jars. The fun part was I added different seasonings to each jar. I don't remember exactly but I put something like cumin and chipotle powder in one, curry and singapore seasoning in another, cumin and chili powder and cajun seasoning in another, Italian and Bouqui garni in another, and garam masala and curry in another. I thought of adding seasonings to the beans and veggies but they are so flavorful on their own, I didn't want to. Here are the salad dressings with the extremely messy kitchen in the background. I had a lot of cleanup after that cooking:
So breakfast will be baked sweet potato and greens after exercise; lunch and dinner will be salad and beans and veggies; and carrot sticks for snacks. No fruit on the menu this week. I had a delicious grapefruit today but otherwise, am more in the mood for sweet potatoes than fruit this week.
Edited later: This dressing was awful after it was frozen and thawed! Flax and chia in a dressing don't freeze and thaw well. It gets all clumpy.