The "Food Storage" Diet

My baby will be 7 weeks old tomorrow. Wow does time fly. As any mom knows, losing the baby weight can be quite a torturous process. I knew I didn’t want to go on some sort of crazy fad diet to lose the weight, so I decided to go with just eating healthy and exercising. That means lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meat (i.e. chicken). Basically no processed foods, very little fat, and no refined sugar … if you know my love of treats this basically equals NO FUN! ;) But he was worth it! And the best part is I am using TONS of food storage while I’m at it.

While this “diet” is very healthy, it can also be a bit of a pain to prepare the foods. But I’m going to show you a few tricks I’ve learned to make it easier to follow, and super easy to stick with even on busy days when you aren’t at home to cook the food. And the bonus part is, it uses lots of food storage, yay!

Whole Grains

I have started keeping a bucket of wheat, rice, and oatmeal upstairs because I’m going through them so quickly. I make two loaves of whole wheat bread (click here for my favorite recipe) every few days and my family has started snarfing it up. I should be grateful that they love the healthy food but then I have to keep making it more often. At least it’s really cheap since I grind my own wheat! I’ve also started cooking up big batches of brown rice in my pressure cooker and storing it in 1 cup baggies in the fridge. This has been an awesome way to always have a healthy side dish on hand.

Fruits and Veggies

I have been using my favorite service Deals to Meals to find the best deals on produce and stock up. If the foods look like they may go bad soon I just stick them in the freezer. Usually I can make the freezer foods last until stuff goes on sale again. Sweet! (To see how easy it is to use deals to meals for product, check out this post)

Chicken

I am choosing to avoid red meat and cheesy/pasta dishes for now, but I still make some of our normal family favorites for dinner. So I have started cooking up large batches of chicken in the pressure cooker and keeping it in 4 ounce baggies in the fridge. It’s so easy for me to pull out a baggie and stick it on a salad for a healthy dinner, while my family can still enjoy a good spaghetti dinner. I like to consider frozen meat as part of my three month supply so preparing this in bulk is great for that.

Pressure Cooking

Here is my confession, until a few weeks ago I was AFRAID to use my pressure cooker. Seriously! But I could never make my brown rice turn out very yummy so I decided to give it a whirl. Well I am officially in love. The rice turns out perfect and chewy and delicious every time. And the chicken … oh the chicken. Tender, moist, and cooks in such a short time. After eating plain chicken on a george foreman for a few weeks the pressure cooker chicken in marinades are divine.

How to Use a Pressure Cooker for Rice and Chicken

The Finished Product

I accidentally had to eat some of the chicken after working so hard to prepare it all :)

Garlic Lemon Chicken Recipe

2 lbs thawed chicken
1/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup lemon juice
6 cloves garlic
2 tsp. thyme

Mix all the marinade ingredients up and pour in a gallon ziplock bag along with the chicken. Marinate for 15-20 minutes and then cook in the pressure cooker according to your cooker’s directions.

Our Favorite Pressure Cooker

Cuisinart CPC-600 1000-Watt 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker, Brushed Stainless and Matte Black
Reduce time spent in the kitchen preparing meals with the help of this 6-quart electric pressure cooker–it cuts cooking times up to 70-percent when compared to traditional stovetop cooking methods. The unit traps steam inside, which builds up pressure to create hotter temperatures, and its tight seal locks in heat, moisture, and flavor, as well as vitamins and minerals for exceptionally healthy, great-tasting meals like soup, chili, and other one-dish entrees. For safety, the cooker must be fully locked for pressure to build, and it will remain locked until the pressure inside drops to zero. It is so easy to use and we LOVE it!


  • Nancyperrone

    What a little cutie you’ve got on your hands. Hope all goes well the “food storage diet”.  The chicken recipe looks awesome think I need to give it a try but maybe in the slow cooker instead of pressure cooker. Do you think it will make a difference in flavor?

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi and Julie

      That should still work great!

  • John1918

    Great video – thanks for sharing. Do you ever use a rice cooker, or is the pressure cooker the only appliance you need if you have one? Our rice cooker bit the dust so I was going to replace it, but now I’m wondering whether I just go out and get a pressure cooker instead. Feedback appreciated.

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      I don’t use my rice cooker any more. The pressure cooker is faster
      and it turns out better in it.

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  • Larissamay

    Just what I wanted to read- I too have been trying to both lose baby weight (baby 5 months old) and use more of food storage! Thanks for the tips and reminders!

  • Larissamay

    Just what I wanted to read- I too have been trying to both lose baby weight (baby 5 months old) and use more of food storage! Thanks for the tips and reminders!

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    I don’t think it is recommended to can in this cooker. The instruction manual states a certain water level you can’t go over and it seems like that would limit canning possibilities. My pressure CANNER that I have says it can pressure cook also though. So that might be a good option.

  • Suemusico

    This looks like a great appliance. I would like a cooker that is big enough to can meat. Would this one fit quart or pint jars? And if so, how many?

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      I don’t think it is recommended to can in this cooker. The instruction manual states a certain water level you can’t go over and it seems like that would limit canning possibilities. My pressure CANNER that I have says it can pressure cook also though. So that might be a good option.

  • Suemusico

    This looks like a great appliance. I would like a cooker that is big enough to can meat. Would this one fit quart or pint jars? And if so, how many?

  • http://www.christinehudnall.com Christine – Hammock House

    In the video that is there on the post, she shows that she marinaded the chicken. :)

  • Gllake

    I am still trying to lose the baby weight (my baby's 19 mo now), so this post caught my eye. I have 2 pressure cookers; one my mom gave me that I was always terrified to use after I read the booklet it came with, and the electric one you have (I got that for Mother's Day this year) because it seemed like it'd be easier and not so scary. But I have yet to use it! I'm still not quite sure how to cook stuff in it. When you cook your chicken in bulk, do you season it at all?

    Thanks!
    Laura

  • Gllake

    I am still trying to lose the baby weight (my baby’s 19 mo now), so this post caught my eye. I have 2 pressure cookers; one my mom gave me that I was always terrified to use after I read the booklet it came with, and the electric one you have (I got that for Mother’s Day this year) because it seemed like it’d be easier and not so scary. But I have yet to use it! I’m still not quite sure how to cook stuff in it. When you cook your chicken in bulk, do you season it at all?

    Thanks!
    Laura

    • http://www.christinehudnall.com Christine – Hammock House

      In the video that is there on the post, she shows that she marinaded the chicken. :)

  • Heather

    Have you ever tried cooking your wheat in the slow cooker to make wheat berries? They're very versatile and a great way to get them in your diet. I mix them half in half with lean ground beef in tacos, and I actually prefer it to straight gr beef in my tacos. They also work well in casseroles in salads. Here's one of my favorite wheat berry recipes: http://secretsofmom.blogspot.com/2010/03/bbq-ch

  • Heather

    Have you ever tried cooking your wheat in the slow cooker to make wheat berries? They’re very versatile and a great way to get them in your diet. I mix them half in half with lean ground beef in tacos, and I actually prefer it to straight gr beef in my tacos. They also work well in casseroles in salads. Here’s one of my favorite wheat berry recipes: http://secretsofmom.blogspot.com/2010/03/bbq-chicken-and-wheat-salad.html

  • Ourfamily

    Thanks so much for sharing. I am trying to start eating healthier, (Diabetic), and if you have time (I know lol) and wouldn't mind sharing what else you are eating I'd be so grateful. I've just started learning about wheat (from you guys of course), and I have a grinder. Do you eat your brown rice plain or something on it?

    And I've saved the best for last! What a stinkin cutie you have there, I'm happy you are enjoying him so much.

  • Ourfamily

    Thanks so much for sharing. I am trying to start eating healthier, (Diabetic), and if you have time (I know lol) and wouldn’t mind sharing what else you are eating I’d be so grateful. I’ve just started learning about wheat (from you guys of course), and I have a grinder. Do you eat your brown rice plain or something on it?

    And I’ve saved the best for last! What a stinkin cutie you have there, I’m happy you are enjoying him so much.

  • Kelly

    What a cutie! I can't believe you have time to blog.

  • Helen

    How long does it take the cooker to build up pressure?

  • Nonna Beach

    Wow, pressure cookers have come a long way in 30+ years…Great demo, thanks !

  • Kelly

    What a cutie! I can’t believe you have time to blog.

  • Helen

    How long does it take the cooker to build up pressure?

  • Nonna Beach

    Wow, pressure cookers have come a long way in 30+ years…Great demo, thanks !

  • hope

    I know exactly what you mean!! Although mine hasn't been baby fat, more like a Thyroid battle, but lately I have finally started to lose weight again and what you have mentioned here is exactly how I have been eating.

    I know your bread recipe must be great, but I have been using this one, http://providenttips.blogspot.com/2010/03/food-…, for a long time because I use my mixer, like you, and it makes 4 8-inch loaves. I make a batch of regular and a batch of cinnamon swirl (I laughed that I found your recipe of that the other day and we have very similar techniques using a basic recipe!) so I have 8 loaves to last me about a week and a half.

    I am still toying with the recipe to make it more delectible! But you may want to give it a try just to make yours go farther!

  • hope

    I know exactly what you mean!! Although mine hasn’t been baby fat, more like a Thyroid battle, but lately I have finally started to lose weight again and what you have mentioned here is exactly how I have been eating.

    I know your bread recipe must be great, but I have been using this one, http://providenttips.blogspot.com/2010/03/food-storage-2-15-2010.html, for a long time because I use my mixer, like you, and it makes 4 8-inch loaves. I make a batch of regular and a batch of cinnamon swirl (I laughed that I found your recipe of that the other day and we have very similar techniques using a basic recipe!) so I have 8 loaves to last me about a week and a half.

    I am still toying with the recipe to make it more delectible! But you may want to give it a try just to make yours go farther!