The Batch Lady: the beauty of batch cooking
These versatile recipes by YouTube sensation The Batch Lady mean that one big cook-up brings you freshly made family meals plus a freezer full of food
How many of us get to 3pm and start to panic about what we’re going to have for dinner? Often, we’ll swing by the supermarket and browse the shelves for inspiration, torn between the convenience of a ready meal and the pressure we feel to put something homemade on the table.
For this fast, fuss-free ‘lazy’ lasagne, see here. Batching is about cooking recipes that use similar ingredients but create different meals
With my method and a little planning, you can streamline your shopping to buy all the food for the week in one go. Your daily load will be lightened and you will only buy what you need – far better for you, your wallet and the environment. What’s more, I’d rather make five meals and have one big mess to tidy up as opposed to having to do it every night of the week.
Batching is about cooking recipes that use similar ingredients but create different meals. For example, in one go you can make a pea risotto and pea soup, or lasagne as well as meatballs to bring variety to your weekly meal plan.
DOUBLE THE BATCH, HALVE THE PREP
All the recipes are paired with another that lend themselves to being prepared together (you’ll see them labelled as recipe option 1 and recipe option 2). Plus, in some of the methods you will find tips in italics on how to save time by making them simultaneously. Each of the meals can be made as a stand-alone dish, serving four to six people, so it’s up to you if you want to batch both recipes at the same time.
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The Batch Lady: Shop Once. Cook Once. Eat Well All Week by Suzanne Mulholland will be published by HQ on 5 March, price £20. To order a copy for £16 with free p&p until 5 April go to mailshop.co.uk or call 01603 648155.
The Batch Lady: Shop Once. Cook Once. Eat Well All Week by Suzanne Mulholland (right)
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