Cooking in Bulk Saves Dinner

Do you ever cook in bulk? We do. Every week. Stop by our house on any given Sunday afternoon and you will find us in the kitchen getting food ready for the week.

When I use the term “cooking in bulk”, most think that I am cooking specific meals, planned weeks in advance, while spending my entire Sunday in a hot kitchen. Then the image of excel spreadsheets of recipes with quadrupled ingredient lists, freezer baggies and freezer containers spread out across the counters come to mind. Nope. I don’t do any of that. I have no desire, nor the time or energy to even think that way!

So, if I am doing none of that then what do I do?

Cooking In Bulk for the Lazy Busy Mom

I cook the same food each week. My husband takes his lunch to work everyday, and our family eats a wide variety of simple foods, so our lifestyle drives the weekly food prep.

Here is what a typical Sunday looks like:

  • chicken tenders
  • sweet potatoes
  • lentils or split peas
  • quinoa or some type of rice (sometimes)
  • prep salad box (if needed)

Baked Chicken Tenders – I keep these little guys very simple. I top with a little olive oil and then seasoned with a touch of sea salt, black pepper and powdered garlic. That is it. I’ll tell you why in another post.


Baked Sweet Potatoes
–  I scrub my medium-sized potatoes in the in the sink and then throw them in a pan while they are still damp. See? Easy!

Ok, now that those two are prepped and in their baking dishes, I bake both at the same time at 325 degrees for 60 minutes — low and slow keeps the juices in.


While those are in the oven, I throw my lentils, split peas, quinoa, rice or other bulk food in the rice cooker, and/or on the stovetop, and let them simmer away. (How to cook)

Here is a quick look into the “bulk” side of my pantry:


The way I choose which bulk food I cook from my pantry is by pulling out what I have the most of OR by what jar is almost empty. As you can see above, I try to keep a good rotation of options available to pick from.

Lastly, I’ll try and take a quick peek in my salad box. Here she is in action!


I grocery shop once a week and try and prep my veggies right when I get home. I found that if I wait until later, it usually doesn’t get done. (*My quick tip here is that I just throw all of the veggies into the sink and let them soak while I finish putting up groceries. After grocery duty is over, a quick scrub, rinse and time on a cutting board sends everything to the salad box and then into the fridge.)

Ok, I am finished with my bulk cooking on a Sunday afternoon. I typically start around 1:00PM and am finished in about 20 minutes. Obviously, the chicken and potatoes are baking for an hour and the rice cooker is cooking the lentils (or other item), but I am not slaving over anything. Cooking in bulk this way saves so much time and allows for a nice afternoon with the family!


Coming soon will be a post on what I actually do with all of this! Stay tuned…

Simply live. Simply Smiles.

Shannon Miles



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Shannon is a Christ-follower, wife to an amazing man and mom to three adorable kids. She is also a holistic health counselor, musician and worship leader. Her husband is a personal trainer, natural bodybuilder and is also a musician. Together they help others learn to take the "next step" in feeding whole, natural foods to their families. She loves flip flops and wears them year-round, always has dark chocolate in the pantry and never misses a rerun of Back to the Future.

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  1. says

    Hi Shannon! Thanks for sharing this! I like quick and simple! Looking forward to seeing what you do with all of this! Blessings from Bama!

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing these bulk cooking ideas on our Wellness Wednesday link-up. Every time I cook sweet potatoes I cook a bunch of them because 3 of my 4 children LOVE them. They’re great with lunches.

    • says

      Thanks so much! :) It is pretty easy once you get in a routine with it all. I hope to have part two up by the end of the week. I’ll have some examples of how we use this food each week. I hope it will inspire others. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. says

    I really need to look into a salad box. Last month I ate Paleo for 5 days and then juiced for 23 days. Now I’m eating whatever again but trying hard to eat as many fruits and veggies as possible too.
    I pinned the Salad box post, and now I’m off to make myself one. :)

  4. says

    Hmmm, my husband would love it if I did this-but thinking about the planning part stresses me out! I am a spur of the moment creative, so asking me what I want to eat in three days makes me tense up! LOL. However, I think it’s great and am going to start praying about maybe implementing the concept of this to make my hubby happy!
    God bless you and thanks for sharing,
    Sherri Ohler

  5. says

    Sherri, I love the idea of having things already prepared on hand; my husband has to be convinced of this and is alway amazed when I can pull dinner together in minutes when I have things prepared ahead of time. Good share!

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