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Aran’s Mix-and-Match Granola Recipe

Today’s recipe is about so much more than a fantastic homemade granola formula.

It’s Global Goals Week as well as Climate Week in NYC with a string of events, summits, talks and strikes organized to examine how we can accelerate both the SDG’s and climate action. It’s exciting stuff.

If you’re feeling a little left out of the fun, rest assured that we all have our part to play and the kitchen is a great place to start.

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How to Get Organized for Dinner: Batch Cooking

Of all the months of the year, September and October are when I buckle down and get serious about batch cooking.

Inspired by the bushels of tomatoes and peppers at the market, the sacks of corn and the crates of squash, I can’t help but transform the seasonal ingredients into vats of soup and deep-dish casseroles.  The produce is at its prime, and yet at its lowest price. It makes sense to go big.

Batch cooking is essentially making multiples of a dish that can be frozen and reheated. It can also mean duplicating recipes of anything from bread to condiments, but for this specific post I’m going to focus on dinners.

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How to Get Organized for Dinner: Part 2 – Meal Prep

We’re on a mission to simplify family dinner and today’s post is all about setting yourself up for success by meal prepping.

If you thought a meal plan was the same thing as meal prep, don’t worry, most people confuse the two life hacks, and truthfully, you need one to do the other. Your meal plan outlines meals and helps organize your grocery haul for the week, but your meal prep is the pre-processing of those groceries into ready-to-go elements for dishes throughout the week.

If you are able to put in an hour or two of meal prep after you bring the groceries in, your life will change. You’ll be two steps closer to getting a wholesome meal on the table on a busy weeknight, because you will a) already have decided what to make, and b) have prepared a portion of the meal in advance.

Read on for a clearer explanation about this gift to your future self, as well as a list of some of my favourite meal prep foods and recipes.

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Aimée’s big batch Chicken Noodle Soup recipe

It’s currently a white-out on the homestead, as the first big storm of winter is blanketing the place in powder. I’m thrilled at the prospect of a white Christmas – and even happier that I have a stash of homemade chicken soup in the freezer for snowed-in suppers like tonight.

I always make an enormous batch of this simple soup before the holidays as it seems like a necessary antidote to all the rich food and sweets to come. I also simmer it in hopes that it will help us combat the seasonal maladies that are always going around. This nourishing soup is such a well-rounded family meal, and that certainly aids my intentions to eat better this month.

In addition, is there anything more comforting than a bowl of chicken noodle soup? Mine uses fennel alongside celery for a fragrant mirepoix and occasionally has a grating of ginger in the broth (and/or turmeric) to help fight colds. I think this soup is special, it’s certainly practical, and today I’m sharing my method for making a nice big batch.

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Common sense summertime batch cooking

In my kitchen, batch cooking comes to the rescue time and time again, no matter the season.

We tend to think of cooking in big batches as a fall and winter time-saving trick – great cauldrons of chili, pots of soup and applesauce – but it is just as applicable in the warm weather months as well. It won’t be hearty stews and deep-dish lasagnas, but everyday basics that help give us a jump-start on dinner or dessert.

Batch cooking can help simplify summertime eating, even if it is just a big jar of salad dressing shaken together ahead of time. If planning ahead means you can stay an extra hour at the beach, then why not implement a few double or triple recipes into your menu plan?

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