Have you ever found yourself at the end of a long, busy day wondering what to make for dinner? Batch cooking can be a great way to prepare for busy weekdays and ensure you have healthy meals ready to go. Batch cooking involves planning your meals in advance and making large quantities of food all at once. This can save you time and money and provide you with delicious and nutritious meals throughout the week. Here are five simple and healthy meal ideas you can use to get started with batch cooking.
One Pan Sausage and Veggies
A simple yet classic meal that can be prepared in bulk and then frozen for a later date. Add all of your ingredients to a sheet pan, drizzle with oil, add seasoning, and pop in the oven until cooked. Then you simply divide it up and freeze anything you don’t eat for a later date. You can use any type of sausages, even vegan varieties, and chuck in any veggies you have on hand that need to use up.
Chili is always a favorite meal in many households across the US. The best part is every household has its own way of preparing chili that works for them, and as such, there is no one right way to make chili. That being said, this instant pot chili recipe is ideal for batch cooking and will freeze easily for you to use at a later date.
Spinach and Chickpea Curry
Spinach and Chickpea curry is a simple go-to recipe and is perfect for those times when you don’t want meat. You can use your crockpot, pressure cooker, or instant pot to make the curry and divide anything you don’t use. The best part is you can find straightforward recipes that take minutes to prepare and are ready to serve in under 30 minutes of cooking time; what’s not to like!
The beauty of bolognese is its versatility. Once you have your basic recipe, you can add it to many different meals to make each meal different. You can batch-cook large quantities of bolognese and make lasagna, stuffed peppers, pasta bakes, pies, and stews. This is always a quick and easy meal to prep ahead of time and can be a tasty addition to many midweek dinners.
Who doesn’t love a good pulled pork meal? Again another versatile dish that can be eaten as the meal itself or added to other dishes. Pulled pork is great for tacos, sandwiches, stews, casseroles, enchiladas, and even mac and cheese for a meatier twist on a classic meal. Best cooked low and slow over a prolonged period, use your crockpot for best results or your one-pot cooker to savor the juices and retain as much flavor as possible.
Batch cooking is a great way to save time and money in your kitchen. The key to successful batch cooking is planning what you want to make and knowing how to do it efficiently. These five simple and healthy meal ideas are perfect for beginners looking to try batch cooking for the first time. These recipes are easy to make and are great for feeding yourself or a large group of people.