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My Batch Cooking Day

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I like to spend some time “batch cooking”. That means I cook some stuff that can be frozen and re-heated when you want to eat it. Many people cook all day and they have enough food or a month. I don’t like the taste of re-heated meat, so I only batch cook a few things. Today I made granola bars, twice baked potatoes, and pizza/calzone dough.

I have always wanted to make granola bars but I was afraid of wasting a bunch of ingredients. Well, I am sorry I waited so long because they were so easy and so delicious! I adapted this recipe at

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups rolled oats, quick cooking
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips



  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9X13 pan.
  2. Mix the peanut butter, honey, egg, oil, and vanilla extract until well blended.
  3. In a separate bowl combine oats, sugar, salt and mini chocolate chips; add to peanut butter mixture and mix for about a minute.
  4. Press the mixture into a 9X13 pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Let the bars cool completely before cutting. I cut them into large bars and it made 15 bars.

*You could even change the chips to milk chocolate or peanut butter chips. It may even be great with chunky peanut butter or Nutella. Store in an air tight container.


Twice Baked Potatoes
After we finished homeschooling I grabbed my crock pot. I took 4 potatoes and poked them with a fork a few times. I wrapped them in foils and put them in the crock pot for about 5 hours on high. I turned them over about half way through baking. They actually will brown a little on the bottom and taste like you grilled them!
So when I could easily poke a fork in them I took them out of the crock pot and let them cool. (I had made stuffed shells for dinner so while they were baking, I was able to assemble the potatoes.)
I don’t have any measurement for this, it’s mostly just to taste. I pretty much use what I put in my mashed potatoes but did not add as much milk, you don’t want them to be too creamy.
Clean out the potato and put the white part in a bowl. Place the skins on a cookies sheet.
I added a little butter, milk, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese (or a Mexican mix) salt, and pepper. I used my potato masher and not a mixer to smoosh them.
Then I filled up the skins with the mixture and placed them in the freezer to firm up a little. I put 2 potatoes in a small ziploc bag and freeze for future dinners. It’s been a while since I have done this, but when I wanted to reheat them I put them in the microwave for a few minutes. (I will update this when I reheat them.) It’s really nice to have some potatoes ready for dinnertime!

*update – I took 4 potatoes and put them on a plate with a paper towel. I microwaved them for 4-5 minutes. I had to put the paper towel on the plate to absorb the water because I think I froze them while they were still warm.

I also used this dough recipe for calzones and pizzas. I split the dough in half and it should make a pizza and about 4-5 small calzones.

All I have left to make are buttery bread machine rolls and I will be set for a while. Last week I made pancakes and we are still using them for breakfast.

It was a pretty busy day, but I think doing this saves me time and money in the kitchen! I was able to buy potatoes for .25 cents a pound so I stocked up. It’s better than paying $1.25 a pound!

Do you have a favorite recipe for batch cooking? Please share! I love to have things already prepared in my freezer – my kids eat a lot!

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Friday 26th of April 2013

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Tuesday 4th of September 2012

I love your first batch of crock pot meals you did in July! I am getting ready to begin a new job next week, so this week I am preparing food for the freezer so my family will be able to eat meals that taste great and take hardly any prep time. Thanks so much for all your footwork! It has really made it a breeze to go to the store and find what I need for great dinners!


Tuesday 4th of September 2012

Awesome - They have really simplified my life! Here's part 2 in case you haven't seen it. Im working on Part 3. My goal is to have 4 sets of dinners.

Part 2 – 1 Hour + 1 Mess = 5 Crock Pot Meals | Saving You Dinero

Saturday 18th of August 2012

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Sunday 5th of August 2012

I love big batch cooking! My favorite, and easiest, recipe is for bbq chicken breasts(which can also be done in the oven - I will explain how following the bbq method). The chicken breasts, once cooked, cooled and frozen, can then be taken out individually as needed for: salad, sandwiches, fajitas, soup, or on its own! This has been a huge time saver for us! BBQ method - heat bbq to medium high coat 10 - 12 chicken breasts lightly with oil (12 fit on my grill). Sprinkle liberally with onion powder and garlic powder. Cook 7 minutes a side. Cool, freeze in a single layer, bag for freezing. cook time 14 minutes, one dish to wash, 6 meals!!

In the winter, I don't grill. So, I set my oven to 400 degrees, prepare the chicken the same, but cook on a cookie sheet 12 minutes a side. cool and freeze in a single layer, bag for freezer.

Note: the seasoning can be varied however you like - cajun spice, seasoned salt.. The light coating of oil keeps the chicken moist and tender. Freeze the chicken whole. Later, when serving, you may want to dice or slice it, but do this later, so that you leave your options open. I like to reheat it whole, top with cheese and pasta sauce...


Sunday 5th of August 2012

Looks great! Thanks for the recipes.

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