Cook Once Eat Twice

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I need to do this more often.  It’s amazing how much time you can save by cooking two meals at once.

There are a few schools of thought when it comes to preparing healthy meals ahead of time.   Many people out there choose to prep a ton of ingredients and basics once a week, making it easy to throw something together quickly and easily.

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I tried that.  It lasted a hot second.  I found that I often did not want to eat any of the things I had prepared, so I would end up spending time in the kitchen anyway.  I work weekends as well, so by the time Sunday evening rolls around I’m much too tired to spend hours in the kitchen preparing food for the week.  I also find chopping veggies and cooking to be therapeutic after a long day, and honestly don’t mind spending a little time in the kitchen each day.

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So, while weekly meal prep is not for me, I do like to have my lunch packed ahead of time.  Otherwise, I will spend too much money on a lunch out.  I’m not usually tempted to go with something indulgent (hey, I like my fresh foods and salads!), but it will eventually break the bank.

I’m so not a morning person, so there’s no way I’m going to pack my lunch in the morning.  My solution?

Cook once, eat twice.

I know I’m not the first to suggest this, but it’s really worked for me.  When cooking my dinner, I make double the amount I normally would (I’m used to cooking for one).  Then, when plating my dinner, I immediately put the second portion in a container for lunch the next day.

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Like I did with this simple baked salmon and fennel, served with quinoa and steamed kale (tahini sauce added later).  So easy!

Again, with some summer rolls:

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I didn’t have to spend any extra time before bed making lunch, and didn’t have to sacrifice any of my precious morning sleep time.

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I just made double, and set it aside as I plated my dinner.

Simple as that.

Do you do a weekly meal prep?

Do you pack your lunch? Night before, or morning of?

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