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Hey all,

 

I think this is the right place to post, but sorry if not.

 

So i've been working out for the past couple of months (Weights, running and cycling for the most part). My aim is to gradually tone my body and build some muscle here and there. So I want to start preparing all my meals at the weekend (Or whenever really) for that week or longer all in one go. At least this way i know what's going into my meals and i can pick and choose what i like.

 

Ingredients wise, i'm just looking to keep it simple and fairly healthy: brown rice, veg, on occasion jacket potato and some lean meat (I'll change up the meat and veg each time to keep it interesting). I am a useless cook and pretty much brand new to anything that can't be microwaved. So my question is, what's the simplest way of cooking all this?

 

We have a slow cooker, but can i just bung all that in the slow cooker without any prior preparation or cooking? Do i or should i use a sauce?... I told you i'm a useless cook!

 

I don't have the time between work (I do a lot of overtime), practice, working out and my social life to cook fresh meals every day. Lunch currently consists of shop bought sandwiches and wraps with a packet of crisps. I want to replace that with the prepared meals with cashew nuts and fruit for snacking.

 

Hoping someone can help.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Lean meats don't do so well in the slow cooker as a generalization.  I think batch cooking and freezing will be more to what you want to achieve. with simple evening prep.  Grill/broil/pan sear your lean meats in bigger batches. Let cool, then individually wrap them in plastic wrap in serviing size portions. Freeze them in a zip locking bag.  For the vegies, the same thing applies. Steam, roast, stir fry the vegies and seal, freeze, serve in the portion sizes you use. For this,  small lidded containers might be worth the price for this. 

 

The microwave is the simplest reheat method. But you'll want to experiment a bit with the different vegetables and meats. For example, when I reheat leftover Thanksgiving turkey, I put in the potatoes and stuffing on the plate and nuke for  a minute or so. Exact times vary with the power of your microwave. Add the meat, gravy and vegetables, Cover and nuke another minture or two as needed. If you put it all in at once, you either have cold potatoes or overcooked meat. Sprinkling the meat lightly with a little water and covering improves the reheated meat. 

 

The cold grilled meats sliced or chopped can make a nice addition to a lunch time salad for eating at work. 

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