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Batch Cooking Recipes
« on: February 19, 2018, 03:10:06 AM »
Hey folks,

I made a thread recently, detailing a mild struggle with running out of food come Thursdays and effectively having to top up the grocery shop.

My wife and I have been great at cooking every Sunday morning for a long while, preparing work lunches for 3 days and dinners for the same. Based on advice I did a triple cook yesterday - Spaghetti Bolognese, a Chilli Con Carne in pots, and a Chicken Casserole in the slow cooker. I put the Chilli Con Carne into 8 portions and put those in the freezer, which will be great for saving some money, on the days where we are caught out.

What I am looking for now are some extra recommendations of batch meals we can cook and store in the freezer to keep things nice and mixed up.

Ideally something not with beef, as with the bolognese and chilli, thats too much red meat to be eating all at once.  Any ideas?

Maybe something like a fish pie, or chicken based. Up to you! I love trying out new recipes.

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Re: Batch Cooking Recipes
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2018, 05:11:27 AM »

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Re: Batch Cooking Recipes
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2018, 05:19:25 AM »
Slow cooker chicken teriyaki. We love this one.

That one sounds delicious!  A lot of soy sauce though, maybe I could add the reduced salt and sugar version to keep it healthier

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Re: Batch Cooking Recipes
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2018, 06:26:51 AM »
Here are some ideas: https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=freezer%20cooking%20recipes&qs=AS&form=QBIRMH&sp=4&pq=freezer%20cooking&sk=IM1AS2&sc=8-15&cvid=053060A9EAA34FC08EBF30A5784B2B55

Most of these freezer recipes tell you to dump the frozen package into the crockpot. I have read most crock pot companies tell you not to do that because it will crack the crock. If you have an Instant Pot with the Stainless Steel liner, that shouldn't be a problem.

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Re: Batch Cooking Recipes
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2018, 02:09:47 PM »
I'm sure I've posted my rice cooker / one-pot / pressure cooker recipes here before, and found many others.   Search (using google) for Rice Cooker recipe / slow cooker recipe / one pot etc.  and you should find some interesting ones.  Rice and Beans might also find things you can use. 

I used a rice cooker for years until I got a pressure cooker, and now use that almost exclusively to make 'dirty rice', and a savory boston baked beans recipe.  Sometimes I combine the two together for a savory spicy combo that works as well.

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Re: Batch Cooking Recipes
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2018, 02:26:30 PM »
My batch-cooking rotation has these easy meals:

Veggie Burgers (https://peasandcrayons.com/2014/11/butternut-black-bean-burgers.html)
Burritos (wrapped in collard greens to make them healthier and I usually use sweet potatoes in this - http://ohsheglows.com/2011/10/24/black-bean-and-butternut-squash-burritos/)
Pizzas (easy crust recipe - http://gwens-nest.com/easy-bread-recipe/)
Pocket sandwiches (using pizza dough above - https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-spiced-lentil-sweet-potato-and-kale-whole-wheat-pockets-181100)

I've included my favorite recipes, but you could find similar ones to suit your tastes.  Incidentally, these are usually all vegetarian, even though I'm not a vegetarian.

I also like baking a whole chicken in the crockpot.  After having "pick your favorite pieces" for dinner that night, I shred the rest of the chicken to keep in the freezer to make things that call for shredded chicken (mainly chicken salad, soups, casseroles).  Then I save the bones and everything else (freezing if I'm not going to use right away) to make chicken stock (for said soup), which also goes in the freezer.

I also keep leftovers of all the other meals I make in the freezer, and have a good rotation for lunches every day.