HAWORTH, N.J. — Northern Valley mom Tracee Yablon Brenner has a better way to make dinner — batch cooking — and she’ll be teaching her methods Jan. 26 in Haworth.
“If you plan out your menu and your week, you can cook more than one meal at a time,” said Brenner, a dietitian/nutritionist and owner of Triad to Wellness .
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Her talk, “Family Meals Made Easy: Batch Cooking Basics,” will take place 7:30-9:00 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Haworth Municipal Library .
What are examples of batch cooking?
You can prepare a batch of freekeh, a Middle Eastern grain many gluten-sensitive people can tolerate, Brenner said.
The same can be said for sorghum. Or oatmeal.
The unused portions can be refrigerated and used with other meals.
“This way, when you are tired and hungry and come home from a long day at work,” Brenner said, “you have food to quickly put together.”
Of course, Brenner also likes making batches of soups.
She’ll demo how to make a soup at the gathering using her slow cooker and Vitamix blender.
She’ll also create a cold nut-free trail mix that can be baked and made into granola bars or cups.
Brenner’s bottom-line message is that food can be medicinal, delicious and easy to prepare.
“Batch cooking with nutrition boosters will keep you vital and with lots of energy,” she said.
To register for "Family Meals Made Easy," write firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Sunday, Jan. 22.