EDU: So You Want To Cook Healthy? - Cooking 101

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  1. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    So you want to cook eh? Well, here is a way to cook lots of meals for cheap. How cheap you ask? Well 15 FULL meals for $40 Canadian sound good? Sure as hell does for me!


    So what is in each meal? Well, meat, veggies and a side plate. To be more specific, chicken (breast or thigh), beef, frozen mixed veggies, noodles and sauce, potatoes or rice. Not all of these are in each, but a mix.


    So where do we begin? Well, you have to buy all the ingrediants. Since cooking for one can be expensive, cook for many, and freeze it! A bag of rice, box of noodles or bag of potatoes can last you a long time. Frozen mixed veggies are also great since they last a while too. For meats, but them fresh. Frozen meat sucks to work with, and you want the best.


    First, I like to prep everything that I will use throughout my cooking… this means pealing and cutting garlic! God how I love my garlic (ask the people at work about this.) During the cutting, I had noodles cooking on the stove. Once cooked, I measured them out in my measuring cups. 1 cup of noodles per meal + a tablespoon of tomato sauce.
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    Now that that is taken care of, now to move onto the bigger business… the meat. Now it is time to start cooking the beef. I prefer stir fry beef. It’s cheap, and I like the taste. Toss it into a pan, and add garlic. More garlic, the better. I also added greek seasoning, just cause it has more garlic. Cook it till it is dark and brown all the way through and all the water has evaporated. Now measure it out and put it into the containers. 1 cup per works well.
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    While you are busy cooking the beef, peel the potatoes, cut them up and boil those bad boys. Toss in some garlic to that as well. We will make some garlic dill mashed potatoes. Notice my main ingredint in my cooking. [​IMG]
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    Now for the chicken. I like to wash my chicken then cut off any excess fat that was missed. I’m just picky I guess. You don’t have to do this, it is just an extra step. I like to cook my chicken breast seperate from my thighs. Thighs are fatty, but it’s a good dark meat, so there is a trade off. Breast IS more healthy, so go for that. So cook your chicken breasts. I have garlic and steak spices on the breasts and lemon, dill and garlic for the thighs. Once the breasts are cooked, I like to slice them, then place 3/4 cup into my meals. For the thighs, I put 2 of them in one meal.
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    As you can see, there are all 15 meals, 10 for myself, 5 for my sister. Total cost, under $40 and 2 hours of our time.
     
  2. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    great job. any idea on what each container works out to as far as calories are concerned?
     
  3. CyberBullets

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    Approx 500 Calories.

    40g of carbs.
    35-40g of protien.
    7-8g of fat

    The carbs can be lowered by using less noodles. The mixed veggies in there (no pictured) is minimal for everything other then vitamins.
     
  4. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    Damn, that's not bad at all. Thanks :)
     
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    least we know you're not a fuckin vampire :bigthumb:
     
  6. siniquezu

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    i'm not even sure what you are cooking....
     
  7. y0gfx

    y0gfx BURAAAJYANAII!!!

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    You're a genius. Well not quite, but thanks. You've motivated me to save money and eat a lot healthier--I'll finally get enough calories (I'm generally malnourished because of laziness mm weakmindedness.)
     
  8. Marijuanair

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  9. remike

    remike the second coming

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    cooking at home FTW. One of these days, I need to start cooking my entire week's worth of food all on one day.
     
  10. N-Word-Jim

    N-Word-Jim Cure for boredom

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    Here's what I do...

    Cook 5lbs of chicken breast and throw it in a big ziplock baggie. I eat 2-3 meals a day at work since I just about live there. I throw some on a plate and put it in the microwave for 1 minute. I then eat a spoonful of peanut butter and a mouthful or two of dry oats which I wash down with water. It's fast.
     
  11. bolo1313

    bolo1313 Life down here is just a strange illusion OT Supporter

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    since you freeze the extras, doesn't the rice and noodles go bad after a couple of days? i would think they would stale if not spoil.
     
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    pics of sister?
     
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    I got those same measuring cups, and the matching spoon set :mamoru2:
     
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    nice work!! Those would make great snacks for me, or 7 meals as I would have to at least double one of those meals to be full.

    Where do you get your meat?
     
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    :rofl: took long enough for OT
     
  16. CyberBullets

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    HAHAH i noticed and was waiting. And no, no pics of sister :squint:
     
  17. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    Depends. I usually check out our local butcher for sales. Otherwise I go to Safeway, our local supermarket.

    1kg of fresh Chicken Breast is $10 Canadian. The beef was $8 for 1kg.
    The 8 thighs and 3 breasts was $10 as well.
     
  18. Ceaze

    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    I just garlic and onion powders since i'm too lazy to cut them up :mamoru:
     
  19. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    I used to do that until I ran out one day. :hs:
     
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    damn, that looks good,
     
  21. hitmikey

    hitmikey DRIVEN FROM WITHIN

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    Leo95SE The OMINOUS one

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    nice post.. good stuff. i dont like prepping, but its actually fun when i do it prior to cooking rather than during. i feel like a chef with all my small stst and glass bowls lined up with fresh ingredients :)
     
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    ban :mad:
     
  24. maskednegator

    maskednegator Kosmonaut, best we've got...

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    your meats would taste better if left to marinade in something for a coupla hours.
    for chicken/fish/shrimp, i like onion, cilantro, lime juice, lemongrass, GARLIC, black pepper and a little bit of oil all pulverized in the food processor. works great as a sauce too. another good one is soy sauce, black bean paste, rice vinegar (white vinegar if you want cheap), sesame seed oil, black pepper, and the tiniest bit of corn starch. either way toss a crap ton of meat into a crap ton of marinade, let it hang out in the fridge overnight and freeze whatever you don't intend to use immediately.
     
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    Thanks, good ideas there. I eat much better when I cook at home - it helps me stay on track and eating sweets/sugars in moderation. When you go out it's hard to know exactly what you're going to get and I'm always more tempted to get a dessert or beer/wine, etc.

    I'm on a big fish kick lately - swordfish, crab and talapia ftw.
     
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