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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #50 on: July 14, 2018, 03:04:18 PM »
Palak Paneer (we may differ on definition of easy but this is a damn good dish)
16oz fresh spinach
Butter or oil
16oz paneer
2 onion
Salt
4 t whole cumin seeds
10 cloves garlic
4 t garam masala – or use like 1 t each of coriander, mustard, cinnamon, turmeric (optional), and chili powder/paprika
Crushed red pepper to taste
5 bay leaves
Ginger
4 med tomatoes
4 oz heavy cream
lime wedges or slices (optional)

1.   Boil the water in a large pot. Add all of the spinach leaves and cook for maybe 3-5 minutes. Then strain them and add them to a strainer and run cold water over them until they’ve stopped cooking.
2.   Blend the spinach leaves in a blender, adding a little bit of water to them if needed to get them to blend. Set the puree aside.
3.   Cut the paneer into cubes, maybe ¾-1 inch on each side. Fry them in butter or oil until they’ve browned nicely on a few sides and then set aside.
4.   Chop the onion and tomatoes into cubes. If you want you can also chop a bell pepper fine and  Mince the garlic.
5.   Fry the onion and whole cumin seeds in more butter or oil with a bit of salt until the onion is translucent and starting to brown.
6.   Add the garlic, garam masala or its component spices, crushed red pepper if using, and bay leaves; continue to cook. Grate in about ½ an inch of ginger. I use frozen real ginger.
7.   Add the tomatoes, including the liquid, and cook until the liquid is starting to reduce and it all comes together into a sauce.
8.   Add the heavy cream and spinach puree and cook for 5 minutes.
9.   Add the paneer and cook for 10 minutes until paneer is soft.
10.   Stir in the heavy cream and serve with rice or quinoa, with optional lime wedges and more red pepper flakes on the top as garnish. For extra decadence stir a bit of butter into the rice/quinoa first.
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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #51 on: July 14, 2018, 03:07:43 PM »
Avgolemono
Whole chicken
2 c (total guess here) white rice (Gotta be white. This is literally the only thing I use white rice for. Brown just doesn't work.)
3 Eggs
5 lemons

Take a whole chicken (no giblets) and place in a large pot. Cover with water and put a healthy amount of salt in (You can always add more to taste later)

Cook for approx 1.5 hours on a simmer, you will know it is ready when the chicken falls apart when you push on it with a spoon.

Take out all of the chicken, you might want to use a fine mesh sieve if you are bothered by the possibility of small bits of cartilage you may have missed. When I cook it for myself I usually yolo it and just do the best I can with a slotted wooden spoon.

Taste the broth, add salt if needed. Pour white rice into the broth.

While the rice cooks, de-bone/skin the chicken and put meat pieces into the broth as you go along.

Cut one lemon into pretty slices. Cut some nice big strips of lemon peel that will be easy to retrieve from the soup out of the other four, then juice them.

After that, crack three eggs into a bowl and, while stirring vigorously, add the lemon juice.

Once the rice is fully cooked, turn off the heat and temper the egg mixture so that they don't curdle when added the soup. (To temper just add hot soup to the egg mixture one spoonful at a time while stirring vigorously until the mixture is mostly up to heat.) Then pour the mixture and lemon peel pieces into the soup pot and stir the whole thing a few times. Let it cook for a few minutes.

All done and ready to serve with a purty lemon slice in each bowl.
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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #52 on: July 14, 2018, 03:14:57 PM »
This african peanut stew. It's so different from any other dish I've ever eaten, and it's delicious. Props to @Russ for discovering.

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #53 on: July 14, 2018, 06:13:11 PM »
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs were on sale this morning, so I bought a family pack (roughly 2 lbs worth) and made this in the crock pot today:

https://www.budgetbytes.com/sticky-ginger-soy-glazed-chicken/

Added some water to the sauce so that it mostly covered the meat.  I'm probably just going to save the sauce and throw it in the freezer for the next time I make it.  You could probably make twice as much chicken with double the sauce ingredients if you want to feed a ton of people or make tons of freezer portions.

Would love to know what else people are cooking -- with the crock pot or otherwise -- on hot days. 

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #54 on: July 14, 2018, 06:43:01 PM »
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs were on sale this morning, so I bought a family pack (roughly 2 lbs worth) and made this in the crock pot today:

https://www.budgetbytes.com/sticky-ginger-soy-glazed-chicken/

Added some water to the sauce so that it mostly covered the meat.  I'm probably just going to save the sauce and throw it in the freezer for the next time I make it.  You could probably make twice as much chicken with double the sauce ingredients if you want to feed a ton of people or make tons of freezer portions.

Would love to know what else people are cooking -- with the crock pot or otherwise -- on hot days.

I love Budget Bytes but haven’t tried that recipe yet. Yum!

I did a big batch of crockpot marinara sauce loosely based on the Budget Bytes recipe, but added a few crumbled slices of bacon, sautéed veggies in the grease, added a half lb. of mushrooms, and skipped the sugar. We had a good pasta dinner last night, lunch today, probably a couple more lunches this week, and an extra quart of sauce for the freezer.

https://www.budgetbytes.com/slow-cooker-marinara/

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #55 on: July 14, 2018, 07:28:55 PM »
An alternative to big batch cooking is to simply cook a big amount of your meat of choice and using that meat in different easy to cook meals. 5 lbs of shredded chicken can be tossed in tacos, salads, sandwiches, mole, scrambled eggs. Can be accomplished by a big roast or big thing of pork (pork butt great for carnitas).


Ditto.


Just add the apropriate spices or sauce for whatever you want it to be.  You can really bend the rules as much as you care to.  We enjoy mixing a variety of meats together. 

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #56 on: August 01, 2018, 08:35:53 AM »
I've often had good luck with Real Simple magazine's slow cooker recipes. 

Here's a sample of some:
https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/recipes-slow-cooker
https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/best-slow-cooker-recipes-0
https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/easy-slow-cooker-recipes

I've made several of these, including the chicken and biscuits, white bean soup with andouille sausage and greens, asian short ribs, pulled pork, brats and sauerkraut, squash lasagna, veggie enchiladas, corned beef, split pea soup, etc. and they've always come out pretty tasty without a lot of effort. 

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #57 on: August 01, 2018, 10:31:49 AM »
throw as many frozen chicken drumsticks in a crockpot as possible as you can buy them cheap! Dump a half a bottle of BBQ sauce of your liking over them and set Slowcooker on high for about 4 hours. At 3 hour mark add rest of bottle of BBQ sauce. Should be able to make at least 24 legs for 3$ or less. And there delicious.

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #58 on: August 01, 2018, 11:44:29 AM »
throw as many frozen chicken drumsticks in a crockpot as possible as you can buy them cheap! Dump a half a bottle of BBQ sauce of your liking over them and set Slowcooker on high for about 4 hours. At 3 hour mark add rest of bottle of BBQ sauce. Should be able to make at least 24 legs for 3$ or less. And there delicious.

This is great!  I have some similar recipes that are really simple.  Probably from Budget Bytes.  One is basically soy sauce, honey and maybe one more ingredient.  The IP will really change your life.  :)

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #59 on: August 02, 2018, 02:23:10 PM »
SilverHydra's Meat Slop makes a ton of food in like 30 minutes.

http://www.silverhydra.com/2011/10/meat-slop/

I recommend extra lean beef and something to make it spicy - sriracha, jalapenos, red pepper, etc.

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #60 on: August 02, 2018, 09:24:00 PM »
I made this a couple weeks ago, and it lasted me several meals (opinions may vary on how healthy it is...)

https://natashaskitchen.com/spinach-and-artichoke-pasta-recipe/

Next time I may use half marinated artichokes and half "plain" to give it a little more flavor.  I made it following the recipe this time, but will probably add some chicken next time too.  It was fast and easy, and tastes even better the next day when all the flavors get a chance to soak in.

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #61 on: August 03, 2018, 11:11:25 PM »
After watching the “Parts Unknown” (Anthony Bourdain) episodes from Okinawa and Hawaii back-to-back, I decided to make taco rice, which is apparently just taco meat on rice but is much loved in those places. I loaded up the meat mix with vegetables (bell and pasilla peppers, red onion, carrots, potato, tomato, cilantro), topped it with avocado and salsa, and it made a really satisfying dinner (and I didn’t have to make tortillas!). It would be super easy to scale up to a large batch.

This is actually one of my husband and my main meals. We call them "taco bowls". Rice, ground beef with taco seasoning (I make it from scratch), then topped with salsas (red and green, I can them), guac if we have it, sour cream, sometimes cheese. Depending on the veggies we have on hand, we'll throw in lettuce, fajita style pepper and onions, etc. Sometimes we do without veg if we had a big salad for lunch or similar.

PTF.  We have done similar things; very effective. 

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #62 on: August 04, 2018, 12:51:18 AM »
The dahl sounds great.
When you say gheera, is that another term for cumin?
How much is a "whole" gheera?
Thanks!

Gheera is jeera is cumin is probably something else too.

Each seed is itty bitty.

So if I was to pretend to follow a recipe...
6 cups water
1.5-2 cups lentils
2 cloves of garlic minced
Oil (1T)
And 1.5 tsp cumin

If you only have ground cumin, you mix it with a bit of water and cook until it smells.

The garlic you cook till brown and fragrant. Whole gheera you cook until they pop up and are fragrant

Hmmm... I need to post a real daal (dahl) recipe sometime. :-)

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #63 on: August 05, 2018, 12:36:25 AM »
PTF.

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #64 on: August 05, 2018, 06:47:30 AM »
We eat egg salad like there is no tomorrow in our house and the kids wolf it down as well so I make at least a batch a week. It lasts 3 days but just restir each time before you make a sandwich or eat on crackers.

Fill large 3/4 full of water, add 1 doz of eggs and sprinkle a dash of salt in water. Bring to strong boil, turn off heat , cover and sit for 20 minutes.  In bowl of water and ice slowly place eggs. About 10 minutes in ice water your ready to go. While eggs are boiling/cooking
I pre-cut and place in my egg salad bowl thats perfect for a batch 2 diced green onions, 2 stalks of chopped fine celery after cutting top and bottom off , 1/2 Tablespoon yellow mustard and 1/2 Tablespoon Dijon , Heavy 1/4 of Paprika and a dash of salt and pepper to your  liking. Tad bit more than 1/2 cup of low fat Mayonnaise. Once eggs cool, peel under cold water, dice and add to mixing bowl and stir up. Yummy!! and perfect every time

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #65 on: August 30, 2018, 05:39:36 PM »
Zucchini pancakes are a great way to use all the zucchini. I grind up a few zucchini, an onion and some jalapenos in the food processor. For every 2 cups ground veggies add 1 egg and 1/2 cup flour. Season with herbs and spices as you wish, then mix up and pan fry. My kids like to eat them with ketchup

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« Reply #66 on: August 30, 2018, 05:46:59 PM »
Another good recipe for garden produce is to cook and cut up 1 lb bacon into an 8 qt pot. Fill the pot the rest of the way with chopped zucchini and cook until it shrinks down a bit. Then fill the pot again with chopped tomatoes. Season with garlic and herbs, and cook until it is boiling. Enjoy.

I got this recipe from my late mother in law. Maybe someone should start a separate zucchini thread :)

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« Reply #67 on: June 11, 2019, 07:04:54 PM »
I make a version of this enchilada casserole almost every week and it reheats pretty well:
https://www.thissavoryvegan.com/vegan-enchilada-casserole-jalapeno-cream-sauce/

Instead of canned beans I cook dry beans in the instant pot. It does have vegan cream cheese which is kind of processed but you could substitute with blended cashews and lime juice or real cream cheese/sour cream if you eat dairy products.

I was also going to suggest enchilada casserole only my version is red sauce and not vegan.

Basically layer these items:
1. Enchilada sauce https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/red-enchilada-sauce/
2. shredded chicken (see below) mixed with canned corn and canned black beans
3. corn tortillas
4. shredded cheese.

Shredded chicken:
put 1 bag frozen peppers and onions in the bottom of the crockpot. Add boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs. sprinkle with 2 tsp cumin or an envelope of taco seasoning. Cook on high 3-4 hours until chicken shreds.

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #68 on: June 11, 2019, 11:16:18 PM »
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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #69 on: June 11, 2019, 11:43:51 PM »
Thank you for this thread! I was lazy and tired and not sure what I would bring for lunch tomorrow to work. Inspired by this thread I just threw frozen stew meat baby carrots a chopped onion cut up our last three tomatoes, salt pepper and a can v8 and a can of chicken broth in the instant pot and started up rice in the rice cooker. Took about 10 minutes and now we have meals for tomorrow 

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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #70 on: June 12, 2019, 12:03:21 AM »
Soy chicken
Put some oil in instant pot. Add frozen chicken boneless skinless breasts. Sautée for a bit while you Shred (or slice) a big chunk of ginger root into the  pot with your salad shooter.
Pour over this a can of chicken broth and about the same amount of soy sauce
Pressure cook 45 minutes and slow release
Serve with rice made in the rice cooker



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Re: Share your easy and delicious big-batch recipes
« Reply #71 on: June 12, 2019, 12:34:33 PM »
I use my instant pot multiple times a week too.

Last night between kids activities I had less than half an hour to make dinner. Instant pot pasta ftw! From scratch sauce, no draining required, I even had time to chop up a salad.