|Our freezer, full of tasty homemade ready meals with enough room at the bottom for the obligatory ice cube bag and some ice cream cones. Yes I know it probably needs defrosting!|
I admit I haven't exactly made 'summery' food but all the dishes were easy to prepare, give generous filling portions and all freeze well. As a little cheat I bought jars of minced garlic, minced chilli and minced ginger for about £1 each in the world food aisle and I used these in each of the dishes that I made. I'm not normally that lazy when it comes to ingredients but as I invariably end up poking myself in the eye after handling chillies and my garlic press isn't very good the jars worked out well for me.
I'll be writing up the dishes separately over the coming days and weeks, this is the second advantage of cooking loads at once, giving myself plenty to write about when I need a break from writing my thesis. Another thing I want to do is some baking for the freezer (based on my photo above I'll have to see if there's space first!) as I like having muffins etc on stand by.
These are the recipes I'll be blogging in no particular order with veggie options to be added once I've decided what I want to make:
Turkey & chickpea curry
Beef & barley casserole
Pork meatballs with hidden veg tomato sauce
Chilli con carne
Lamb & green pepper stew
In the meantime have a look at some of these batch cooking tips and recipes from around the blogosphere.
Save time during the week by following some of these tips for preparing healthy food in advance from Dannii. If you eat a lot of tomato based dishes then try Sarah's slow cooked tomato sauce. Mince forms the basis of many of our favourite dishes and Camilla has a very easy recipe for minced beef and onions. Katie's recipe for vegetarian shepherd's pie is great for making and freezing in advance. Jacqueline has a very healthy vegetable and lentil stew and on Michelle's blog there are several tasty looking batch cooking recipes.
Do you ever batch cook or bake for the freezer?