Milkybar_Kid wrote:What can I prepare at home in a big batch and then eat all week?
Do you have a freezer with spare room in it? Any casserole-type dish, pastas, typical Chinese stir fries, and meat or fish with potatoes or rice and some veggies on the side can be frozen then nuked to save money. Never as good as fresh, but certainly quick, easy, cheap and edible. Crispy things won't remain crisp of course, but they may still be good. You'll find out quickly which veggies get tough when frozen and nuked (jie4lan2cai4 (mustard greens?), and bok choy aren't the best; spinach, broccoli and cauliflower still come out edible).
Here's a quick one, not gourmet, but probably what you're looking for: Pop a pot of water on to boil. Add pasta (cheap at Costco). Heat some minced onion and garlic (you can have both prepped in advance in the fridge or freezer) in some olive oil in a skillet. Add some diced fresh or canned (Costco) chicken, salmon or tuna, and a can of cream of whatever (e.g. mushroom) soup, e.g. Campbells, e.g. from Costco or Wellcome, and a bit of water to thin it. Heat it up, and add some quick spices (say, Costco salt-free garlic spice mix, and some freshly ground black pepper) to taste. Add to sauce when pasta is al dente. Keep that boiling water boiling, and toss in some chopped broccoli, which is cheap at Costco when they have it. Total 10 minutes, and you can make enough to eat all week if your pots are big enough.