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Cook on Sunday - Eat All Week?

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Cook on Sunday - Eat All Week?

Allenkii | | Feb 20, 2014 08:10 AM

Ok, so since I love cooking and we love good food, I noticed that I am cooking dinners at least 4 times during the week days and on the weekend. Since I also work full time and my commute is nearly an hour each way, that does not leave me with a whole lot of personal time after I cook dinners, clean up the kitchen, feed and walk the pets, etc.

So, I was looking into cooking on Sunday so it lasts at least till Wednesday. Sounds easy in theory, however, in reality I found that I am struggling with what to make and spent like 2 hours yesterday trying to come up with next week menu that won’t take all my evenings.

We are trying to eat very little gluten, so breads, muffins, pastas, etc. are a no go. Also, I do not like to freeze cooked meals – they never taste the same to me after defrosting.

I do roast a chicken on Sunday and use dark meat for lunches with a side of rice or quinoa and white meat for chicken salad (also lunches usually). I also marinate some beef on Sunday to be grilled on Tuesday. And make a large pot of some hearty soup, like borsth or beef barley, that lasts us through the week. However, I am getting really tired of chicken, soup, marinated beef routine…

What do you guys cook on Sundays that lasts you most of the week? Can you share your weekly menus? What prep work you do (chop up onions, carrots, etc) and where you use these ingredients later and finally – how do you stay organized and on track and not go out to eat?
Looking forward to your suggestions!

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