You know, we couldn’t have developed The Ozonator if we didn’t know a thing or two about produce, nutrition and how to keep food fresh. Ozonator fans get this, and that’s why they love to hit us up for ideas about how to save money on food and how to prevent food waste. This one’s for you, guys. Today’s blog is about cooking in bulk, and we’ll demonstrate with a delicious chicken recipe that you can store in the fridge and enjoy all week long.
Cooking in Bulk: Potpourri Chicken
Bulk cooking is a great way to save money and prevent food waste at the same time. With this recipe you can mix and match your meat and your sides, which is why we like to call this dish Potpourri Chicken. Your meals will have different tastes and textures, so you won’t get bored eating the same thing every day.
- Stackable Tupperware food storage containers or Ziploc bags
- One pound of quinoa
- One pound of rice
- One bag of dried split peas, chickpeas, or kidney beans
- Six bouillon cubes
- Two yellow onions
- Six pounds of chicken breast
- One slow cooker
- Three sauce pans
- One frying pan
- One Ozonator
Prepare the Chicken
Let’s start with the chicken. In one of your sauce pans, heat up one cup of water to a simmer. Add one bouillon cube and stir until it’s dissolved, then pour the liquid into your slow cooker. Add the chicken breasts and cover them with extra water. Now think of something to do, because you’ll let this cook on medium heat for six hours.
Back now? Good. It’s time to make a choice. You can cube or shred your chicken, or you can keep the breasts whole. Separate the meat into single-serving portions and place them in your Tupperware food storage containers or freezer bags.
Prepare Your Sides
Now for the sides. Place your rice, quinoa and split peas into separate pans along with the appropriate amount of water, and add a bouillon cube to each. While you’re waiting for your water to boil, slice or chop your two onions and throw them in your frying pan. Cook on medium until they caramelize.
Once everything is cooked, grab your fridge containers and start creating portions. Try different combinations of onions, peas, quinoa and rice to give your meals variety. (Quinoa with peas is our favorite.) You can toss some chicken in with your sides, or you can keep things separate. Once you have your chicken and your sides all sealed away, you can store them in your refrigerator or freezer.
Keep Food Fresh After Cooking
Don’t forget to place The Ozonator in your refrigerator before storing your food! Our amazing fridge air purifier will help prevent food spoilage, allowing you to keep your meals fresher longer. When you’re ready to chow down, simply microwave one portion of chicken and one side dish. If your servings turn out to be too big, you can always refrigerate your leftovers – The Ozonator will help your food stay fresh so that you don’t have to worry about refreezing.
Keep in mind that there are several different methods for cooking in bulk. For this recipe we did a few variations on the same meal, and we chose this one because it’s protein-rich, filling and (best of all) cheap. As you get more practice cooking in bulk, you can modify our recipe or try out new recipes on your own.
So there you have it – a delicious chicken dish that will last you one week or more and give you a healthy and cheap alternative to store-bought microwave dinners. Do you have an awesome tip about how to save money on food? Know a bulk cooking recipe that’s even better than ours? Don’t keep it to yourself! Share it with us in a comment below.