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Hi Casey, Wanted to let you know that I’ve completed my first belt and fed my family of 4 dinner with that 1 day meal prep. I made a few adjustments as I tried to use what I had at home which was almost everything except fish but I substituted more chicken instead. My family absolutely loved it and asked for it again I family sized it on Saturday. I stored everything family style giving the family options for veggies and grains during meal time. My girls requested I pack them lunches for school the last three days from what I cooked on Saturday and asked me to send them with lunch to school from now on. Thank you Nina for introducing me to Casey and Kitchen Karate. I am happy that I can cook this amount of food in such a short amount of time allowing me to spend more time with my family and not stressing about cooking everyday. I am also very ecstatic that the girls loved everything and I find comfort in knowing my girls are eating Healthy warm meals at school on a daily basis. It’s all easily done all in just a few hours a day. Thank you again!

I took your in-person class almost 2 years ago and I am still using your method! I fall off the wagon now and then mostly due to out-of-town trips. But I am still very consistent. I am a freakin master of rice, veggies, protein and spices now. I usually do 8 meals from start to cleaned up in under an hour. Bam! I have had to re-fill quite a few of the spices in those 2 giant spice racks.

– Brad Fotsch

Just got off the phone with you. I would love the rough copy of the Food Cost Worksheet. By the way, the daily challenges are genius. I was plowing through the belts with out learning everything that I needed to. This gives me some directions to go at a pace and get the most out of what you offer.

Thanks again for this incredible website. Been looking for this kind of thing for years. And just kind of stumbled on Kitchen Karate. By the way have you ever thought about selling the Kitchen Karate apron shopping bags, etc. I would buy them and I think others would as well.

– Zack

Hi Casey,

I wanted to give you an update on how I’ve been doing on Kitchen Karate. You should be proud, sensei, for creating a way for us to free ourselves from the daily kitchen drudgery! I mean, I love to cook, but I hate having to cook, if you know what I mean.

So, yesterday I did the Yellow Belt cook, and it went great! I had to make do with only one burner and one pan (my mom was using the other burner to make jam), but it still worked out fine. On that note, I’d like to ask you what to do about the obvious differences between a gas range and an electric one. We have the later, and while the back burners can accommodate one 10″ and one 12″ skillet, there’s only enough space in front for a pair of 8″ pans.

Anyway, I wanted to make 3 meals, but I opted for 3 breakfasts instead of breakfast + lunch + dinner; mom is the one cooking dinner in our house, but I have to make my own breakfasts & lunches, so I thought I’d focus on making several days’ worth of those meals in advance per your instructions. The main problem with my breakfast has been a lack of veggies, simply because it’s too much trouble to cook a batch of veggies to go with my eggs at 7 in the morning! So, I KK’d the heck out of those veggies!

I bought some fresh mushrooms and red peppers (enough for 5-6 portions, in case the parents want to try them out), and went home to start prepping. I chopped the peppers and most of the shrooms roughly as you show in the video, but also decided to slice a portion of mushrooms to use as an omelet filling. I added the oil, salt & pepper, and started thinking about “something clever” to spice things up. The sliced mushrooms got a dash of balsamic, while the chopped ones got the Chinese treatment with some garlic, ginger, and soy sauce; I put some thyme, a squirt of lemon juice, and a tiny bit of honey on the peppers. I cooked them all one after the other in the same pan, rinsing & wiping just as you tell us. I was afraid of warping the pan, but no such disaster occurred! And most importantly, when I was done cooking, the kitchen didn’t look like it had survived a war; my mom was ecstatic! Gotta love the ABC principle

I didn’t make eggs in advance (I like to cook them in the morning), but I think I’m going to give baked eggs a try next time. Maybe spice up each ramekin with different flavors… Oh, the endless potential!

I’m really sorry for the long e-mail. I didn’t mean to take up your time. It’s just that I’ve never before been so excited about cooking, at least not when efficiency and practicality are involved.

I’ll be sure to let you know how the Orange Belt cook goes!

Again, many thanks.

Best regards,


It went well!  Except for the part where I ate the fish meal for dinner (the chicken was still cooking) while I watched the “plated” video in which you urged us to save the whole thing for tomorrow and see how we do with a whole day worth of food.  Oops!  Next time! 

And, I’m discovering some chef sense about what portions are good for me, how much olive oil to use, and how little red pepper to use.

– Karen

I had my most successful KK prep yet last Sunday. The veggie combos I’m cooking up are amazing! This is turning out to be BETTER than any recipes I’ve followed in the past. I’m a true believer!

– Kim

I’ve been loving the food I made all week. It’s like my Sunday self giving a bunch of little gifts to my Monday thru Friday self.

– Lacey

I love, love, love this! I made cauliflower, asparagus, carrots, steak, chicken, kale, and brussel sprouts. DELICIOUS! Banana pancakes tomorrow and I can’t wait!

– Katie

Well, for someone who barely can cook, I am soo proud! My husband is the chef at our house and he couldn’t resist getting in on this kitchen karate and he is so happy he doesn’t have to come home and cook tonight. It was so fun too! And I added a lot of the food to four year old’s lunch, we will see if he goes for it! Hubby was also quite impressed that now I will use the big knife! I was always scared before!

– Ann

The chop / sprinkle / poke system works, absolutely, 100%. I started my veggie-washing at 11 am, and at 1 pm I was done with everything … and I wasn’t even trying to rush. I don’t mind spending time in the kitchen, and would have considered this a victorious day even if it had taken me 3 hours instead of two.

– Kristen

I’m happy to report that I have not spent money to buy lunch downtown for the past thee weeks as a result of Kitchen Karate!!!! The class has already paid for itself!!!!

– Jennifer

I have been doing KK almost every week since I took the class. I can honestly say that it’s changed by life! My husband has lost like ten pounds because of it too J. I talk about it all the time.

– Marina

thx casey – your class really helped me consolidate not only my kitchen but my thoughts.  my husband loved that i threw so much crap out.  our kitchen feels much lighter and freer.  it really does. anyway, yes, i did all of that in a little over 2 hours.  but i went super simple – nothing fancy, just spices here and there, i used my mini chop for some things, blender, the knife for others.  i organized everything on my dining room table (which is next to the kitchen) and it was pretty easy.  kept using the same pans, wiping as i went.  didn’t measure anything. i bought simple vegetables and didn’t make a big fuss over them.  i didn’t do any recipies, just eye-balled everything.  I cooked most of the stuff on the oven top but baked a few things; not many.

i timed myself.  everything from laying out the food on the dining room table, prepping, cooking and putting into containers took exactly 2 hours and 10 minutes.  clean up was MUCH easier than probably it would normally have been and it took me a total of 25 minutes more, which also included cleaning up the exterior stove and taking out the trash.  I don’t have a dishwasher; just wash and put in strainer but i didn’t dry the dishes…shopping wasn’t that bad – didn’t take any longer than it normally would have, b/c i wasn’t thinking – just buying stuff i liked, but paying attention to amounts. for me, i liked the idea to just cook up a bunch of stuff for the freedom of just grabbing and going, you know, and will probably just continue to cook and organize that way.

Yeah, if i think about it, i guess it was pretty amazing.  i mean, i know i’ve never done anything like that before, so yeah, it was fantastic!

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