I am 5'9, 214 lbs. I have lifted for years but I don't eat correctly (several meals a day). I do eat a lot but not like I am supposed to. I am new to T-Nation and hopefully one of the pro's can help me. Is it easier to cook one large meal, then divide it into meal size containers and freeze them. If so, anybody have some simple basic recipes that would help me to continue to grow, but not too fat. Sorry if this is a stupid question but I'm trying to get it right.
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The Carbohydrate Roundtable, Part 1&2
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I cook on Sunday and Thursday night. I cook various meals for the week, to break up the monotony. This also allows for all my meals to stay fresh.
My favorite quick meal is a chicken spinach salad. I will grab a couple of those Purdue Short Cuts for times that I don't feel like having what I prepared for that particular meal and will make the following:
-Fill up a large tupperware container with spinach (I know not exact, but like I said quick meal, and its spinach, so who cares)
-2 strips of turkey bacon (crumbled)
-10 oz of Purdue Short Cuts chicken (original)
-3 Hard boiled eggs
-maybe some apple cider vinegar, but usually find I don't need it
another quick meal that I often eat is 1 cup of 1% cottage cheese, mixed with a scoop of Low-Carb Grow!
By the way, Berardi's Gourmet Nutrition cookbook is awesome.
Oh and sometimes I throw in a 1/2 ounce to an ounce of almonds in the salad
Thanks for replying. Good info.
Read up on Berardi's stuff, and strongly consider his "Precision Nutrition" program. It's worth it... you'll thank yourself later for the investment.
To your question: yes, it's easier to cook a few meals at once and divide it up. I usually cook once a day - at night... make my dinner x3, eat a third, and put two portions in tupperware for the next day.
Also have a few "quick meals" ready in case you're in a pinch. Grow! shakes are always good but I personally don't find shakes very filling. Try:
1/4 cup ricotta cheese -OR- 1 cup cottage cheese,
1 tspn olive oil,
2 tbsn milled flax seeds or chopped nuts
2 scoops Grow!
1/2 cup-1 cup water to make a pudding
Great P+F meal, takes 5 minutes to make and 5 minutes to eat. Delicious too...
Berardi has a lot of good meal options you can make "in bulk" in his Gourmet Nutrition e-book (inculded in the Precision Nutrition package).