I usually spend the weekend preparing ingredients and storing them in bulk to ease my cooking over the weekdays, but when it comes to the actual cooking, I prefer to cook fresh, daily. Even when I was cooking rice, the max I would go is 3 days supply.
Today was the first time I attempted to cook my whole week’s worth of dinners, one shot.
I think “one shot” is a Manglish (Malaysian-English) term. If any of you white people are reading, do you understand what this means?
I have a flat ceramic grill pan, and I recently swapped my saucepan for a deep dish pan. None of them were big enough for the task. So after prepping the ingredients, I had to break down the cooking.
I kind of underestimated the amount of pasta I had. By the time the pasta was fully cooked, it almost filled my pan to the brim and the water was almost all gone.
The meats were marinated with salt, pepper and paprika. Not a whole lot of paprika, hence not visible. Took 10 minutes of stir frying to ensure they were all cooked through.
Then I basically used the residual oil from the meats stir fry to saute the veggies. Attempt to saute, I mean. There’s 2 heads of broccoli and 2 sticks of carrots here, and they filled my pan to the brim, again. Stirring became impossible, so I poured half a glass of water into the pan, covered it and… and then I kind of just waited for 5 minutes.
After 3 rounds of cooking, I have 3 big heaps of ingredients on the side. Round 4 and 5 was me mixing half a heap of each ingredients together into the same pan, with half a jar of tomato pasta sauce. And then I had to pack them in portions, wrap them up in aluminum foils.
Half heap pasta + half heap meats + half heap veggies + half a jar of pasta sauce = 3 portions.
All in all I got 6 portions. One for dinner, 5 for freezing.
Why aluminum foil? Because I’m going to be lazy in the coming week. I’ll basically come home, turn on the oven, and stick one of these packs into the oven for 15 or 20 minutes. Then when I’m done eating, I’ll just squeeze the foil into a ball and toss it into the bin. The only thing I expect to wash would be a spoon. A spoon a day keeps Lazy Man… happay!
Oh, yes, let me try to do a cost breakdown here…
- One packet pasta (500g) – RM 5
- One packet skinless chicken breast (2 slabs) – RM 7.98
- One packet minced pork – RM 9.11
- Two heads organic broccoli – RM 15.23
- Two sticks carrots – RM 3.99
- One whole garlic – RM 0.12
- One jar tomato pasta sauce – RM 9.50
- Seasoning and foil – how do you want me to count these? Let’s ignore these…
Total: RM 50.93
Made 6 portions, so for the coming week, my dinner cost would be RM 8.49/meal.
Hmm… not exactly cheaper than eating out. I could get a plate of zhap fan for less than that. But then I don’t think I could get a plate of pasta for this price in a cafe. So I guess it is all good. 🙄
Also, why am I doing this, you might ask? Why suddenly decide to cook one whole week’s dinner, one shot?
Because I have a stinking feeling I might have to stay in the office till late this coming week. I don’t know it my feeling will end up coming true, but I guess better be prepared than sorry. 🙄