When your schedule is crazy and you don’t have time to cook regularly, batch cooking is a great option. Sure, I love my Instant Pot for fast meals but it’s hard to beat assembling food that is already cooked.
When I batch cook, I cook a few foods that I can mix and match together. The most common example in our house is black beans, brown rice and potatoes. We might throw in a pasta to mix it up a bit.
Plant-Based Meal Plan
Soup and Salad
Toast with fruit
Baked Potatoes and veggies
It may seem like I have a lot of taco inspired meals but that is because I’ll use my beans, rice and potatoes for my batch cooking strategy. Then I’ll be able to easily assemble these meals by adding a few spices or veggies. I won’t have to eat the same thing day in and day out.
I’ll cook my beans, rice and potatoes in my Instant Pot (at different times). I like to keep them unseasoned when I batch cook so I’m not limited by flavors. For example, I’ll use my rice in a sweet breakfast dish and some Mexican inspired dishes so I cook it plain. If I seasoned it while it was cooking it wouldn’t be as versatile.
My Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice dish would probably taste great with diced potatoes cooked in it but I haven’t tried it yet. Maybe I’ll try it a different week.