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Preparing rice and veggies in advance - good or bad? hopefully good!

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Preparing rice and veggies in advance - good or bad? hopefully good!

Hi all, Im putting together a bulking plan and one obvious problem for me is all the prep involved. I cant see me doing 5 or 6 separate portions of rice and veg for example, so what I thought I might do is to cook a big batch of rice in the rice cooker in the morning then stick it straight in the fridge or freezer (i've read about this bacteria thats meant to develop in the rice as it cools so immediate refrigeration should stop this?) and then either eating it cold in a salad, or reheating in the microwave. Hopefully this will stop the bacteria from developing and allow me to have a life!
 
The other idea I have is to stir fry some of my veg to minimise the cooking time. I'll cut it all up small in the morning and then toss in the wok with groundnut oil. I've done sweet potato like this where I grate it and fry it for 30 seconds or so rather than waiting for 40 minutes for it to do in the oven. I dont know whether this is a good idea dfrom a nutritional point of view but it might make things easier. I would cook up all the veg in a big batch and microwave throughout the day but I've heard rightly or wrongly that this can knock out a lot of the nutrients which are valuable.
 
Otherwise I'll use the slow cooker to do 2 of my meals for one day and 2 for the next. Stick it on in the morning and have pre and post workout meal from it in the aft. Any advice or criticism would be great!
 
 
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    Lucky_jim
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    Re:Preparing rice and veggies in advance - good or bad? hopefully good! 2011/04/04 19:31:03 (permalink)
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    are you eating six meals a day with rice? id vary the meals mate ....save you from getting bored and gives a better variety of nutrients
     
    i eat basmatti rice everyday (one meal) - cook it then put in the fridge. i then re heat in the microwave ...has nt killed me yet
     
    its a debate between "optimal" vs Practical ....the latter usually wins
     
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    Re:Preparing rice and veggies in advance - good or bad? hopefully good! 2011/04/04 19:51:45 (permalink)
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    you're right, classic newbie mistake with rice overload! the reason for this is because i get bloated with pasta, brown noodles are expensive and also quite over filling and sweet potato is expensive and probably only one meal so i've got 3 others to cover. i wouldnt mind having oats with another meal but you dont really think of oats with chicken/fish do you? i kind of got to the point where i felt (as a total newbie) that rice was the only non bloating cost effective option.
     
    im really concerned about the time involved in prep because if i had a lot to do id end up missing at least one meal and as a massive perfectionist i would really beat myself up about it. thats why i mentioned the stir frying option for veg because it keeps the nutrients more than boiling (a lot more!) and is a lot more time and washing up efficient than steaming. unless i slow cook all the veg at the start of the day plus a few different carb sources and then just leave the cooker on "warm" (mine does that!). im sorry for my neuroticness (if thats a word!)
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    Re:Preparing rice and veggies in advance - good or bad? hopefully good! 2011/04/04 20:08:11 (permalink)
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    its fine to prep in advance
    and variety is great, but some people are lucky enough to eat what is a pretty boring restricted diet and be happy with it - (like me!)
     
    At the end of the day its better to have meals you can eat than have no meal at all and practicality beats text book there every time :)
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    Re:Preparing rice and veggies in advance - good or bad? hopefully good! 2011/04/04 20:15:55 (permalink)
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    cheers les, been reading some of your articles on bulking and using your diet models as a guideline. just out of interest how do you do your veg, do you do one big batch or smaller batches and how do you cook them? also, is there a good savoury way of doing oats with me fish/chicken etc. to vary things up and avoid megadosing on brown rice!
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    Re:Preparing rice and veggies in advance - good or bad? hopefully good! 2011/04/04 20:33:31 (permalink)
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    bomb
     
    forgot to add - salad could be your friend - very easy opening up a bag of spinach etc throwing some tuna (mixed with natural yoghurt chilli, onion and garlic)
     
    stir frys are great and getting alot of veg in your diet
     
    chicken curry is my favourite (home made) - you can throw mushrooms tomato's amd onions in ....and even have some rice ....you batch cook this
     
    you can also batch stuff like chilli have kidney beans etc
     
    cheers jim
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    Re:Preparing rice and veggies in advance - good or bad? hopefully good! 2011/04/04 20:46:32 (permalink)
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    When I was out the house all day I would batch cook the night before, box up each meal in boxes that had internal divisions for meat, rice, veg, put my sauce/dressing in small pots and put the lot in the fridge, then a coolbag for the day!
     
    These days I go for a bag of salad, and I work a lot from home so can cook up fresh - or more accurately my lovely wife cooks up fresh :)
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    Re:Preparing rice and veggies in advance - good or bad? hopefully good! 2011/04/04 20:54:07 (permalink)
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    cheers jim/les, i used to work at a salad/fruit bar so im a bit of a demon as far as salad is concerned! i'll get some into my plan
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