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Used along with diet and exercise for adults with type 2 diabetes who are not at goal with metformin

Cook Now, Eat Later: How to Cook in Batches

Preparing several dinners in one fell swoop is a smart way to get a homemade meal on the table even when there's no time to stand in front of the stove.
Cook Now, Eat Later

It's 5:30 p.m. on a Tuesday. Your kids are starving and 20 minutes shy of a meltdown. You open your fridge and you smile. You pull out everything you need and a healthy, homemade meal is on the table in minutes. What? This isn't how it works at your house? Ours either, but it can be.

Here's a game plan to help you put a delicious, home-cooked dinner on the table more often, with less time and less fuss. By preparing food in large quantities and freezing it, you'll be cooking less but eating homemade meals more.

Double or triple your quantity for meals to pull out in a pinch.

Big-batch cooking is precisely that: preparing and cooking big batches of food at one time to last for the week or even the month. You can double or triple a recipe, freeze it and reheat and eat when needed. This works well for dishes like soups, stews, casseroles, lasagna and meatloaf. Or you can prepare a big batch of protein and build several quick and easy meals around it; for example, browning seasoned ground beef for tacos and shepherd's pie.

Simply make a regular date with your kitchen—say, every Saturday or the first Sunday of the month—and putting dinner on the table the rest of the time will be a breeze. Expect to spend two to three hours prepping and cooking for five meals, or five to six hours for 20. Or, start small by doubling dinner a few times a week. Stash that extra meal in the freezer for another time. With little effort, you'll have built a reserve of home-cooked meals to buy you time on busy nights.

You'll save time and money by cooking in bulk, and eliminate any "What am I going to cook tonight?" stress. Plus, you'll rest easy knowing your family is eating healthy, home-cooked goodness.

Get organized with a master plan.

First, start planning your menu by making a list of your family's favorite recipes. It also helps to flip through magazines and visit online sites for inspiration. Consider putting the recipes in a three-ring binder to keep them organized (you can keep adding to it!) or making a Pinterest board specifically for big-batch cooking ideas. From this collection, choose several freezer-friendly recipes, plus a few recipes with common main ingredients.

Mix it up with casseroles, stews, stir-fries and easy-to-assemble meals like tacos or burritos. Different cooking methods such as slow cooking or oven-roasting add variety as well. Here are some ideas to start with:

  • Make a huge pot of tomato sauce, with or without meat, for lasagna, sloppy Joes and spaghetti.
  • Marinate meats for broiling or grilling later in the week.
  • Slice chicken, pork or beef for stir-fries or slow-cooking stews. Use in the next four days or freeze to cook later.
  • Roast a chicken and chop or shred for enchiladas or chicken tortilla soup.

Once you have your menu, go shopping: create a shopping list based on your recipes, doubling or tripling ingredients as needed. Before you head out, check your pantry to determine what you have and what you need to buy, and clear out your fridge to make room for perishables.

Don't forget to plan for how you'll store your food. You can use freezer-safe plastic or glass containers, casserole dishes and/or zip-top bags. Have markers and masking tape on hand for labeling and dating.

Consider how you'll prep and cook multiple recipes.

Before you start cooking, organize the recipes according to similar ingredients, and map out the order in which you'll be cooking. Consider following this guide:

  • Chop, slice and dice the vegetables. Many recipes use similar aromatics like diced onions and minced garlic, so you can prep everything at the same time. You can also do this part a day ahead to divide the labor. Or, save time with precut or frozen veggies.
  • Slice, marinate and/or brown the meats. Now's the time to put a chicken or roast in the oven, too.
  • Set up an assembly line to make casseroles and group recipe components together.
  • Bag, pack, label and refrigerate or freeze as you go. Foods that will be eaten within three to four days can be refrigerated. Everything else should be frozen. Allow food to cool to room temperature before freezing, but make sure everything is refrigerated or frozen within two hours of cooking. Bear in mind that not all foods freeze well, including vegetables with high water content; cooked potatoes and fully cooked pastas (partially cooked is okay); and gravies and sauces thickened with cornstarch.
Some Tips: 
  • Not all foods freeze well, including vegetables with high water content; cooked potatoes and fully cooked pastas (partially cooked is okay); and gravies and sauces thickened with cornstarch.
  • Clean up as you cook.
  • Get your kids to help with simple tasks, but only if it doesn't stress you out even more.
  • Turn on some music or a podcast and have fun!


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BYDUREON BCise may cause serious side effects, including:

  • POSSIBLE THYROID TUMORS, INCLUDING CANCER Tell your healthcare provider if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer. In animal studies, BYDUREON and medicines that work like it caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. It is not known if BYDUREON BCise will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in people
  • Do not use BYDUREON BCise if you or any of your family members have ever had MTC or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2)
  • Do not use BYDUREON BCise if you have a history of low blood platelet count from using exenatide medicines (drug-induced thrombocytopenia)
  • Do not use BYDUREON BCise if you have had an allergic reaction to exenatide or any of the other ingredients in BYDUREON BCise
  • Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) Stop using BYDUREON BCise and call your healthcare provider right away if you have severe pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that will not go away, with or without vomiting. You may feel the pain from your abdomen to your back
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) Your risk for getting low blood sugar may be higher if you use BYDUREON BCise with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin. Tell your healthcare provider if you take other diabetes medicines. Talk to your healthcare provider about managing low blood sugar. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar include dizziness or lightheadedness, sweating, confusion or drowsiness, headache, blurred vision, slurred speech, shakiness, fast heartbeat, anxiety, irritability, mood changes, hunger, weakness, or feeling jittery
  • Kidney problems Tell your healthcare provider if you have or had kidney problems. In people who have kidney problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may cause a loss of fluids (dehydration), which may cause kidney problems to get worse or kidney failure
  • Stomach problems Tell your healthcare provider if you have severe stomach problems, such as slowed emptying of your stomach (gastroparesis) or problems digesting food. Other medicines like BYDUREON BCise may cause severe stomach problems. It is not known if BYDUREON BCise causes or worsens stomach problems
  • Low blood platelet count BYDUREON BCise may cause the number of platelets in your blood to be reduced. When your platelet count is too low, your body cannot form blood clots. You could have serious bleeding that could lead to death. Stop using BYDUREON BCise and call your healthcare provider right away if you have unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Serious allergic reactions Stop using BYDUREON BCise and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including itching, rash, or difficulty breathing
  • Injection-site reactions Serious injection-site reactions, with or without bumps (nodules), have happened in some people who use BYDUREON BCise. Some of these injection-site reactions have required surgery. Call your healthcare provider if you have any symptoms of injection-site reactions, including severe pain, swelling, blisters, an open wound, or a dark scab
  • Gallbladder problems have happened in some people who take BYDUREON or other medicines like it. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get symptoms of gallbladder problems including pain in the right or middle upper stomach area, nausea and vomiting, fever, or your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow

The most common side effects with BYDUREON BCise may include a bump at the injection site and/or nausea. Nausea is most common when you first start using BYDUREON BCise, but decreases over time in most people as their body gets used to the medicine.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, as taking them with BYDUREON BCise may affect how each medicine works.

Before using BYDUREON BCise, tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, nursing, or plan to become pregnant or nurse. BYDUREON BCise may harm your unborn baby.


  • BYDUREON BCise is an injectable prescription medicine that may improve blood sugar (glucose) in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus, and should be used along with diet and exercise
  • BYDUREON BCise is not recommended as the first choice of medicine for treating diabetes
  • BYDUREON BCise is not for people with type 1 diabetes
  • Do not use BYDUREON, BYDUREON BCise, BYETTA or other medicines containing exenatide together
  • It is not known if BYDUREON BCise can be used in people with a history of pancreatitis 

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