Friday, May 16, 2014

Crock Pot OAMC session THM Prep work

This is what you will need to do the day BEFORE:

MEAT
2 lb. beef cubed
4 lbs Meat (beef, pork, whatever is on sale), cubed
3 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken, cubed (And extra pound if subbing out the Shrimp)
1 lb large shrimp, raw and de-veined (optional, I don’t usually add this. I just use another pound of chicken instead)
2 lb Pork Roast, cut into 1/2 inch strips
2 lb cooked Ground Turkey  - be sure to rinse the meat and add the Sausage seasoning.

Veggies
24 cloves of minced garlic – jar of minced garlic
1 onion, sliced
17 onions chopped onion
2 small yellow onion, chopped
8 medium green bell pepper, chopped
4 large green pepper, cut into strips or cubes, about 4 cups
2 large red pepper, cut into strips or cubes, about 2 cup
6 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 head of cabbage, chopped
4 large peeled and diced turnips
4 acorn squash, peeled chopped
4 zucchini, chopped, about 4 cups
20 celery stalks chopped
4 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
1 head of cauliflower grated into a fine rice consistency (or omit and serve over rice)
2 c. okra sliced (optional)
6 medium unpeeled sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces, about 2 cups
1 pound Fresh Mushrooms, sliced
2 cups dry beans, picked over and rinsed

THM Cooking Session 1 and Shopping List

52 comments:

  1. what did you use the shrimp in? I didn't see it in the recipes...

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    1. Jambalaya. Here is the link to the recipe http://www.lovingmynest.com/food-love/jambalaya/

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    2. The shrimp is used in the jambalaya.

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  2. Do you cook all the meat? Or just chop it and get it ready the day before?

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    1. I did not cook the meat unless the recipe said to. I just chopped and cut everything up the day before.

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  3. Any suggestions on what to use instead of zucchini? My daughter and I are both anaphylactic to it.

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  4. Is this 20 meals worth or does this list need to be doubled?

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    1. So each needs to be split or halved to make 20, correct?

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    2. No. You need to double MOST of the recipes to get the 20 meals

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    3. The recipes you posted were for 10 dinners. The grocery list posted is for 20 dinners. Because you doubled the dinners?

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    4. Did this for the first time yesterday. Just the two of us. We used the shopping list (not knowing it was doubled), so, we made the recipes as posted, but halved them (for 2 people) and we got 16 dinners out of 8 recipes. We decided we wouldn't want to choose two of the recipes now. It was enjoyable, because we set up the kitchen with four small work stations (a place to weigh out the meats, the chopping station -- which my hubby manned, the ingredient station (where the foods were *sort of* organized by type), and the staging area--where everything was put together). We had a good time together and we now have plenty of "no-brainer" dinners.
      Thank you for your posts!

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  5. If I have frozen beef, let it thaw and put it in the recipes can I then re freeze it?

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    1. I just add the frozen beef to the recipe when I cook it. I don't thaw at all. I buy all my meat when it is on sale so I rarely have fresh.

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  6. I really don't like curry. What could I substitute to make the meal anyway?

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    1. Maybe Italian Seasoning? I am not sure.

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    2. Maybe Chili powder

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  7. Can I do the prep and fill the bags the same day? Is there a necessity to doing it the day before?

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    1. If you do the prep work the day before it breaks up how long it takes to make the meals. I have done it ALL in one day, but it took me about 12 hours to do the same amount of meals. I can do the prep work with the children around, but doing the meals was so much harder. I actually had someone watch my children for the 4 hours it took me to put these meals together... I actually did 40 in 4 hours. Not too shabby.

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  8. I love this idea but I'm slightly confused with the prep list. Step by step...i buy all the ingredients, complete the prep list, put them in bags and freeze? Is the prep day just getting all ingredients ready to separate into the meal recipes?

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    1. Yes you buy all the ingredients. Then with them you complete the prep list. The NEXT day you put the meals together in containers or zip locl bags. Prep day is just to get all the ingredients READY for the big day you put the meals together. I think I might need to talk about HOW we do a cooking day huh?

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  9. I was thinking the same thing. If I do all this prep work, I want to bag it up and be done, and not have a 2nd day. My hope is that I can get the shopping, prep, packaging done, and clean house all in the same day. Maybe I'm a bit ambitious. Then, put something on the grill for that night so I don't have to cook. :-)

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    1. I think you could do shopping and prep in one day. The prep is quite a bit of work. Unless you are able to purchase pre-cut onions and peppers. :-) If you can though that would be awesome. :-)

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  10. Ok so does the shopping list account for all 20 meals or does it just cover ten? Is the prep list for all 20 or just for ten?

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    1. If you look above you will be able to see a link that states Cooking Session 1. That should contain the recipes.

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  12. Thanks for this! But reading these comments was exhausting!! People! Please read the comments, the answers to your questions lie within them..Poor Catherine, you are so patient, you should be an elementary teacher, lol

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    1. I am actually. :-) I have finally resorted to just deleting the same questions that I get over and over. There are only so many times I can say that THM means Trim Healthy Mama etc.

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  13. Whats average cost to shop for session 1?

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    1. I think it is around $200 for most people.

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    2. So, $10.00 a meal. For just 2 of us, set-up as you have it, we could get 30 meals, at least.

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    3. It was about $200 for me,did shopping with 3 kids today, had to go to Aldi and regular store. But realizing I have to wait for my spices to come from Penzey's.....so I will take your advice and get all the prep done today and cleaning that will be ambitious enough.

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  14. I tried doing this but had a problem with potatoes. Also, what amount of time would be suggested for cooking? My mother likes to do things at the last minute so she puts everything on high but doesn't know how long. Her meat always seems to be tough. Any ideas?

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    1. The whole point of the crock pot is to do things over a long period of time. Maybe she needs to just cook it on the stovetop? I have no idea why the meat is tough? Old meat or perhaps cooking it too fast?

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  15. Hi, I'm a little confused about the onions in the list. You have onions then you have yellow onions. Whats the difference if any? Thanks :)

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    1. There really isn't a difference but I listed it as the recipe stated. You can choose to do that you would like.

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  16. Confused about the peppers on the list. Green bell peppers and green peppers, red bell peppers and red peppers. What is the difference? I know what red and green bell peppers are, but am unsure what type of green and red peppers to get. Thanks! I can't wait to try this!!!!!

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  17. They are actually the same. Just that some are cut different?

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  18. I need "Cooking for Dummies". So, I go shopping and bring home a ton of food. Next day I chop and slice my heart out. Next day I take raw meat,veggies, prices, etc., throw them into freezer bags according to the recipes, throw the bags into the freezer and I'm DONE? Leave for work with something frozen in my crockpot and dinner's ready when I get home? No actual COOKING, just prep,package and freeze? Please tell me that's all.... I will be forever grateful.

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  19. Can we use the same baggies? From prep day.. not the raw meat ones of course

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  20. Hello! First thm food prep now that I'm working :)
    So just to make sure.. there are a total of 20 onions? Just sounds like a lot!!

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    1. I know! When I made this with my cooking group we ALL groaned at the list.

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