Batch cooking recipes are heroic. Ideal for coping with the midweek rush or feeding families who can’t agree on exactly what to eat. Pre-cooking and ready to go, our list of the best catch cooking recipes includes both healthy batch cooking recipes and more… sumptuous surprises for dessert.
If you’re too exhausted to cook (we’ve all been there) or simply need to snag something appetizing and nutritious in between commitments, batch cooking recipes for freezing are your friend.
Batch Cooking for Families
When it comes to batch cooking recipes suitable for families, everyone’s seeking the same three things – flavour, simplicity, and nutrition. (Healthy batch cooking recipes are a mealtime savoir!)
So, from main course to dessert, we’ve got you covered. Simple portion the leftovers into Tupperware or resealable bags and store in the fridge or freeze until you require some batch-cooked brilliance. Whether you’re looking for healthy batch cooking recipes or a naughty weekend treat, check out our easy batch cooking ideas below.
Bulk Batch Cooking Recipes
A brief note before we explore the best batch cooking recipes: Whenever you’re freezing food, always label your bags or containers with the contents and the freezing date, and go through the freezer on a regular basis to check that any of the dishes aren’t past their best.
A mix of staple batch cooking recipes that can be stored away for a rainy day – including family favourites and some healthy batch cooking recipes that were made for the freezer.
Our list is by no means exhaustive (you can batch cook almost anything), so if you’ve got any go-to batch cooking recipes that we haven’t included, help your fellow batch-cooks out by sharing on social.
- Beef stew. You can also swap out the beef for chicken, sausages, seafood, or even just extra veggies. Defrost on the stove or in the microwave.
- Chilli con carne. Also defrosted in the pan or in the microwave.
- Lasagne, or vegetable lasagne. Use the microwave defrost setting and then pop it in the oven until the internal temperature reaches 160°.
- Pizza. Batch cooking pizza dough and freezing it for later is a terrific way to earn yourself a quick dinner – and it’s a great activity for the kids, too! Simply portion it out and take it out around 10-12 hours before you’re looking to cook and leave it to defrost in the fridge.
- Fish cakes. Store them uncooked on layers of greaseproof paper and then bring them out just before dinner to pop into the oven.
Pasta is a versatile ingredient, perfect for batch cooking recipes, and forms the basis of some of the best batch cooking recipes for the whole family. Suited to either healthy batch cooking recipes or something on the decadent side; imply choose your sauce and you’re good to go.
To freeze, pack your cooked pasta dish into portioned resealable bags or Tupperware and pop it in for a later date.
Just make sure you reheat these in the oven in an oven-safe dish. You can even freeze the cooked pasta alone as it will last up to three months. Then, when the time comes, just pull it out to defrost and pour over some of your favourite pasta sauce.
Want to put pasta through its paces in your own batch cooking recipe? Here are a few of the best (and easiest!) pasta-based batch cooking recipes:
- Chicken and chorizo pasta bake
- Tuna pasta bake
- Courgette and tomato fusilli
- Penne pasta and avocado cream
- Mac and cheese. Although the crisp crumb topping may go a tad soggy – simply top it up with some extra breadcrumbs when putting it back in the oven.
Another classic batch cooking recipe. Simply whip up a one-pot curry and separate your portions into bags or containers and voila: batch cooking recipe par excellence, whenever you need it.
When it’s time to eat, you can defrost your curry by popping it on the stove on a medium heat and a little water or liquid (to avoid it burning).
You can also defrost it by putting the container in a bowl of hot water and leaving it for a while. This method takes longer but reduces the risk of your dinner burning – although avoid putting a resealable bag in hot water, as many cannot take the heat and are likely to break when you pull them out.
A perfect batch cooking recipe to freeze and enjoy curled up on the couch. Some of our batch cooking recipes for curry include:
Serve with rice, naan bread and crispy poppadoms for a homemade takeaway. And, aside from batch cooking recipes, be sure to check out our ultimate Indian curries list for more inspiration.
Homemade soups make for the perfect lunch or light evening meal; making them the ideal candidate for healthy batch cooking recipes.
If you’re after a quick lunch, freezing in one or two portions is recommended. You can freeze leftover soup in empty yoghurt pots or in sturdy freezer bags laid flat inside a plastic container – then once the soup has completely frozen, take the bag out of the tub and it’ll be frozen in an easily storable shape.
Remember not to overfill your container, as your soup will expand in the freezer. To defrost, immerse the container in warm water to loosen it from the sides, then transfer into a pan to thaw over a medium heat, stirring regularly to avoid burning. Here are some of our easy batch cooking recipes for soup:
Looking for more? Check out these 5 simple soups to see you through spring.
The Best Batch Cooking Recipes for Dessert
Craving something sweet? There’s a batch cooking recipe for that.
And the best part about dessert batch cooking is that the portions are already there! Instead of freezing the whole cake or tray bake, simple cut the pieces as you normally would and store them in the freezer wrapped in tin foil, clingfilm or in a resealable bag that you can re-use next time.
Our top picks for batch cooking recipes for dessert are:
- Chocolate brownies. Or try out our vegan brownie
- Gluten free coconut rocky road
- Lemon drizzle cake
- Eggless and flourless cookies
To thaw brownies and other traybakes, let them stand at room temperature for 3-4 hours and reheat them in the microwave. And when it comes to cake, simply transfer to the fridge one day before serving – it’ll take at least 8 hours to fully thaw in the fridge.
Don’t try to defrost cake in the microwave though, as you may end up with a clean-up that’s anything but convenient.
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