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Why You Should Try “Cook Once Eat Twice” Meal Prep | What We Ate Over a Weekend (Healthy Recipes)


I’d like to start off by saying that I’m
a terrible cook. Despite that, we still prepare most of our meals at home,
because we believe that cooking is still the best way to look after ourselves, in
terms of choosing and understanding the food that goes into our bodies. But
cooking can be quite exhausting sometimes, and if cooking isn’t
exhausting enough, then there’s still the washing up that comes after. Even though
there are different methods of meal prepping that can make life a little
easier, they all come with their own pros and cons. After experimenting with
different ways of meal prepping, I’ve been settling into a routine of “cook
once eat twice”, which I find to be a happy medium between freshly cooked
meals and bulk-prepping meals in advance. In a nutshell,
“cook once eat twice” simply refers to cooking double the serving of something
and use half of that for a later meal. In this video, I’d like to share how I
utilize “cook once eat twice” over a weekend of cooking and eating. But before that,
let’s go through very quickly five reasons why you may also want to give it
a shot. The most obvious difference from “cook once eat twice” to meal prepping in
bulk, is the amount of food you have to prepare in one session. In my past
experience, preparing a week’s worth of meals on a Sunday, fumbling around the
kitchen with a counter full of ingredients for a whole afternoon, and
then having to clean up after that, was a little too much cooking and washing for
me to handle in one day. But this is not a knock on meal prepping in bulk as much
as it’s a knock on my own inability to multitask. As someone who’s utterly
disorganized, one thing that I really like about “cook once eat twice”, is that
it requires little to no planning. Instead of having to prepare multiple
meals in advance, with different recipes that require different measurements of
ingredients, “cook once eat twice” allows me to focus on just one recipe at a time,
and I can even decide on a recipe in the last minute. With fewer things to worry
about, there’s a lower chance of making mistakes, which I really appreciate, as
I’m pretty prone to messing up. When meal prepping in bulk, I tend to choose
recipes that are really simple, oftentimes bordering on idiot proof.
That’s because I’m not that ambitious, nor am I confident enough in my own
abilities, especially when there’s so much ingredients at stake. “Cook once eat twice” has allowed me to treat each cooking session as a standalone
experiment. It has reignited my love for cooking, and is now more of an enjoyable
hobby, and less of a chore. I can practically try any recipe that I want,
regardless of its complexity. I’m also naturally cooking more as a result, and
more practice means more opportunities to improve my skills. Our pans, our oven,
and most of our other cooking appliances and equipment are average sized at best,
and they are the limiting factor to how many meals we can conveniently cook at
one go. We also don’t have that many jars and containers to store food, and even if
we did, our refrigerator wouldn’t have the space to fit those containers. The
sweet spot, considering the size of our kitchen and appliances, is cooking about
four servings, which happens to be the amount to “cook once eat twice” for the
two of us. Lastly, most food just tend to taste better when they are more freshly
prepared, and there’s usually less nutrient loss. Which is great.

Randall Smitham

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44 COMMENTS

  1. Tiffany Yen Posted on December 21, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Meal prep is king! Thanks for the delicious recommendations ^^

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  2. Tiffany Yen Posted on December 21, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Also loving both meat and veggie options! You got us all covered :'>

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  3. Winnie Tan Posted on December 21, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Hi! May I know where are your serving plates, colander and “saucer” for the bird’s eye chilli from? Thanks.

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  4. Emily Chia Posted on December 21, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Actual u can also watch Japanese meal prep for few days. Although it won’t be as fresh but you dun need to eat the same food for 2 consecutive days.

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  5. Ravendil Grayleaf Posted on December 22, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Oh new video, nice! Keep it up.

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  6. Tim H. Posted on December 22, 2019 at 12:54 am

    I just can‘t tell how much i like your videos when i‘m high🌈🌳🥦

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  7. Ishika Shanai Posted on December 22, 2019 at 1:20 am

    What I like to do is add different side dishes that can be eaten with the meal or just use a lot of lime juice to change the flavour the next day.
    Since my parents like to cook the same recipes on repeat (a habit which I've adopted as well).

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  8. firmi namino Posted on December 22, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Hi! I've noticed that you don't use a kitchen hood /smoke extractor, or maybe it was hidden out of shot? Was it a concious decision not to install one? Any problem with cooking odour? After some time of cooking without using a hood, the water vapour started to cause my ceiling paint to crack and peel, any such problem as well?

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  9. sangil Yun Posted on December 22, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Really like all the videos you guys make ! Keep it up 👍

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  10. Safiya Ansari Posted on December 22, 2019 at 4:22 am

    Thoughtworthy Co is my new favorite Youtube channel. Every one of the videos you have posted so far is so amazing and suits my tastes so well. Love the minimalist, soothing vibe. All the videos are so calm and relaxing, but also beneficial and pure they are. There is no bad content so far. Love what you guys are doing

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  11. Knope Posted on December 22, 2019 at 7:54 am

    u could change the music it is haunting me but nice video i think i'll try the chicken with mustard and honey

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  12. adultblues Posted on December 22, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Same question as firmi

    Without kitchen hood,
    Cooking in open concept kitchen with gas
    How’s the clean up in the long run?
    I know you have minimal furniture and furnishings – is there any ‘stickiness’ to your walls & lights?

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  13. adultblues Posted on December 22, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I recently took over the task of cooking for my family too – best items for cook once and eat a few times are meat (chicken, pork or beef) with some sauce – we try to do veggies – salad or steam – fresh every meal – rice can keep well too for the next 1-2 meals

    Fish or seafood or some tofu items may not taste so good after reheating

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  14. Robert Hoffmann Posted on December 22, 2019 at 11:17 am

    What is in that red bbootle at 6:05 min?

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  15. Davin Saputra Posted on December 22, 2019 at 11:55 am

    you guys are so adorable omg. Thanks for putting out such thoughtful videos.

    Reply
  16. Вячеслав Бобрович Posted on December 22, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Very pleasing to watch!

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  17. Bandoe Jongyeong Posted on December 23, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Hello!
    Thanks for such an informative video!
    A question – do you and your husband eat the same size portions?
    My bf happens to eat twice or more the size of my portion and sometimes I struggle to manage that.

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  18. A. Posted on December 23, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Microwaving food actually destroys the nutrients and depletes it of vitamins. Microwaved food is dead food. As a minimalist, a microwave is also not that efficient to keep. Just reheating it in a pot will do.

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  19. lvs Posted on December 24, 2019 at 1:58 am

    This was such a chill video to watch.

    Reply
  20. Kandace Noire Posted on December 25, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    2:37 made me lol. Classy videos btw. Subscribed.

    Reply
  21. Marcus Barreto Posted on December 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Please post more and you will be 1kk subs in no time. Amazing quality content. Some much needed fresh air on this website. Nice editing.

    Loved the vid, I kinda already do that myself, but with a twist. So let's say I cook a fresh lunch and then store the leftovers. At night, I cook a brand new dinner and also store the leftovers. For the next 2-3 days I get to play around and make new combinations and will often add a little something else on top of everything, just so we don't have the exact same meal twice in a row. Keeps the wife happy, since I'm the cook here 🙂

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  22. Su3ad83 Posted on December 26, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Yes! I use the cook once, eat twice menthod as well! Sometimes, it even comes up to eat thrice.. Especially for soups!

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  23. The Life of B Posted on December 28, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Yum! Looks yummy. : )

    My goal next year is to learn to cook decent & quick meals 🙂

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  24. Анна Корнийчук Posted on January 2, 2020 at 7:34 am

    I tried to cook on Saturdays for the whole week ahead for a couple of months, and I encountered the same exact problems: I hated Saturdays for being so long and exhausing (though usually I love to cook), I spent a lot of time on planning groceries for the week, and I didn't like the taste of defrosted/reheated food, repeated again and again. And if I made a mistake and the stew was not ver good, I had to eat it for 4-6 days …. D:
    I definitely can adopt cook once – eat twice method. Thank you for the good video!

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  25. Eddie HK Posted on January 4, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    Thought it was called leftovers 🤷🏾‍♂️ learn something new everyday!

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  26. lemon yeo Posted on January 7, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Hi there! what oven is this ?

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  27. siddhesh keni Posted on January 8, 2020 at 6:35 am

    Please do whats on ur phone video

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  28. Unwithering Posted on January 11, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    I first thought this would involve intermittent fasting, speaking of which what do you guys think of intermittent fasting?

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  29. Sofía Ll Posted on January 11, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Never thought of this before, I’m trying your recipes for sure😋

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  30. Gina Marinello Posted on January 12, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Hello from 🇨🇭
    Love you videos 🥰 Would it be possible to know what rice-cooker you are using? Trying to buy one, but there are far too many options so i ask around to see what other people use. 🤷🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️

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  31. Bere Tamez Posted on January 18, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    I just found your channel and you got me hooked!!! Beautiful and well thought content… new subscriber here!!! On another note, is the oven a convection oven? I saw is Panasonic but by any chance do you know the model? Thank you in advance! 🥰 #lotsoflovefrommexico

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  32. DeeNe Stuff Posted on January 18, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Your videos are quite satisfying and inspiring. Thank you for making the world a better place to live.
    Love from India

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  33. Whitney G. Posted on January 18, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Enjoyed this upload! I have a version of your pasta! I use all green veggies 🥬, pesto and Simple Truth brand Vegan Alfredo. I call it green pasta! I use the one pot method such as yourself. Very effective! Will be trying your other recipes! Ty!

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  34. masher Posted on January 20, 2020 at 6:43 am

    0:06 no point rotating the spatula is there is no fire XD

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  35. lily black Posted on January 20, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Is it something special? Our family always do this. We can eat the same dish for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and sometimes until the next days. Depends on whether we have leftovers or not. Normally it never finished at once.

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  36. Rizwan Haider Posted on February 9, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Very good video amazing

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  37. Dufffaaa93 Posted on February 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Meal prepping is some weird american fad. In any other national cuisine, cooking dishes in a bulk is simply how food was prepared since always.

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  38. Yong En Posted on February 23, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    yea, that's what I do for weekdays also. So, no need spend much. But very tire.

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  39. yoelinda debora Posted on February 24, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    We cooked once eat THRICE. Lol triple meal at one cooking. So basically one or two menu only even for the next day, because we were broke.

    Reply
  40. Sarah Apps Posted on February 24, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Can you please do a video on your morning and night routines? Thanks x

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  41. Dipshika Jayaraman Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Very nice and useful vedio. It inspires us to prepare this way instead of getting anxiety witj meal prep for one week. Thank u guys. Please post more of such vedios

    Reply
  42. Amna Kashif Posted on February 25, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    this is common in pakistan women cook once a day and the same meal is eaten for lunch and dinner

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  43. Maria Posted on March 3, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    I love this. I want to try it

    Reply
  44. Pink MakNeneK Posted on March 7, 2020 at 7:19 am

    Making me drools 🤤

    Reply
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